California's Top Young Chess Players at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championships

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On November 8, two of California's brightest young chess stars will begin play at the World Youth Chess Championship in Maribor, Slovenia. Chris Torres, Scholastic Director for Calchess, has had the distinct pleasure of coaching these two child prodigies and considers them to be the greatest chess talents ever produced in California.

Ben Rood has what it takes to be a world champion at chess.

Ben Rood is a player who plays his best chess on the biggest stages and none are bigger for an eight year old than the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship in Maribor, Slovenia.

Milind Maiti,a seven year-old from Cupertino, first appeared on the chess scene by attending class at the Collins Elementary School Chess Team in September of 2010. Sadly for Collins chess team, Milind moved houses and now plays chess at another Cupertino school. Milind’s strength lies in his incredible tactical abilities as well as his calm nature. At the board, he is a hard player to rattle and an even harder player to defeat. Currently, Milind is ranked number three in the United States for children under the age of seven.

Ben Rood, an eight year-old from Walnut Creek, is a chess player who seems destined to become a World Champion. His love for the game and over all talent for chess is second to none. The highlights of his championship play include never losing a game at a State Championship, winning two national championships and placing higher than any other seven-year old at last year’s World Youth Chess Championship. Ben Rood is a player who plays his best chess on the biggest stages and none are bigger for an eight year old than the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship in Maribor, Slovenia.

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