The United States Chess Federation and the U.S. Chess Trust named Indian American Prateek Pinisetti among their 2017 Scholar–Chess Player Awards winners.
Pinisetti, of Arizona, was among five winners announced. The other winners were Ethan Li of New York, Zhaozhi (George) Li of Illinois, Joshua Sheng of California and Warren Wang of New York.
The winners were announced earlier this year at the SuperNationals VI in Nashville, Tenn., by Sunil Weeramantry, scholastic vice president of the U.S. Chess Trust, and Beatriz Marinello, a U.S. Chess Trust trustee.
The awards program was established in the 1980s and is administered annually by the federation and trust. Scholarships awarded by the U.S. Chess Trust, the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and U.S. Chess are “intended to recognize and encourage high school junior or senior students who promote a positive image of chess,” the organization said.
High school students who have shown outstanding merits in academics, sportsmanship and chess are eligible to apply for these scholarships with the winners receiving $1,500 each, funded by the U.S. Chess Trust.
In addition to the scholarship winners, the U.S. Chess Federation also announced the winners of the executive board elections July 20. Among the winners were Indian American Lakshmana Viswanath, Mike Nietman, Allen Priest and Hal Sprechman.
Viswanath finished fourth in the voting with 578 votes, earning a one-year term. Nietman (830 votes), Priest (776) and Sprechman (654) finished in the top three, each earning three-year terms.
The four winners are scheduled for certification by the delegates Aug. 5.
“The committee expresses appreciation to all who ran in this year’s election,” the organization said in a statement. “Our federation is stronger for the willingness of these devoted individuals to give freely of their time and talent and their willingness to serve on the executive board,” it added.