2021 U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships Fields Announced

9/23/2021 – The Saint Louis chess club and its sponsor Rex Sinquefield have done a lot for chess in the U.S. and the world, and they continue to organise top tournaments. Beginning on the 5th of October, the club will host the U.S. chess championship tournaments 2021, for women and men. With players such as Caruana, So, Dominguez, Shankland, Xiong, Krush and Yip both tournaments are strongly contested, though Hikaru Nakamura, U.S. Champion 2005, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2019 is missing from the line-up. Over the course of eleven rounds, the 2 x 12 competitors will battle for a prize-fund of almost 200,000 USD, the qualification for the World Championship cycle, and of course, the title of U.S. Champion 2021.

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The Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Nation's Top Chess Talent Along with 2020 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame and 2021 World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions

Press release, September 22nd

SAINT LOUIS (September 21, 2021) - The Saint Louis Chess Club (STLCC) is pleased to announce they will host America's best chess players for the 2021 U.S. Chess Championship and 2021 U.S. Women's Chess Championship. The fields are confirmed and fans are sure to see some exciting battles over the board from October 5 - October 19, 2021.

Tuesday, October 5th will kick off the chess festivities with the Private Opening Ceremony for the 2021 U.S. Chess and U.S. Women's Chess Championships and the 2020 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield & Rex Sinquefield.

Rex Sinquefield, Saint Louis resident and co-founder of the STLCC responsible for the relocation of the World Chess Hall of Fame to Saint Louis, Missouri, and the rapid resurgence of American chess; and Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield, Saint Louis resident and co-founder of the STLCC, who spearheaded the launch of Scouts BSA chess merit badge and helped bring the benefits of chess to thousands of children in the Saint Louis metropolitan area and across the country. 

The 2021 U.S. & U.S. Women's Chess Championships will conclude with a private closing ceremony and the 2021 World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of Grandmasters Judit Polgar, Miguel Najdorf, and Eugene Torre. 

Judit Polgar, who is universally considered to be the strongest woman chess player of all time and broke Bobby Fischer's record as the world's youngest grandmaster; Miguel Najdorf, whose name is associated with one of the most famous openings in chess, the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense, in addition to being one of the most successful performers in Chess Olympiad history; and Eugene Torre, a trailblazer for Asian chess for half a century, achieving a number of continental milestones including first grandmaster, first to defeat a reigning world champion, and first to reach the Candidates stage of the World Championship.

Participating in the U.S. and U.S. Women's Chess Championships has been considered one of the ultimate goals for elite chess players in this country, said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. Although last year's tournaments were held online we are thrilled to announce the return of these two over the board events that will once again be held in the Nation's Chess Capital. The drama and excitement that is sure to unfold provides inspiration for chess players in the United States and worldwide. We look forward to hosting our nation's chess championships for the 13th consecutive year and showcasing the best of our sport.

"We are pleased that our premier events are returning to over-the-board play, and that they continue to be hosted by our partners at the Saint Louis Chess Club, who always make the experience an exceptional one for both players and fans, " said US Chess Executive Director, Carol Meyer.

The 2021 U.S. Championships will be streamed live daily starting at 3:00pm CT on www.uschesschamps.com, featuring play-by-play and analysis from the world-renowned commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and GM Alejandro Ramirez.

Additional event information may be found at www.uschesschamps.com.

Navigating the Ruy Lopez Vol.1-3

The Ruy Lopez is one of the oldest openings which continues to enjoy high popularity from club level to the absolute world top. In this video series, American super GM Fabiano Caruana, talking to IM Oliver Reeh, presents a complete repertoire for White.

2021 U.S. Chess Championship Field

Title

First

Last

Invitational Rating*

Qualification Method

GM

Fabiano

Caruana

2855

Rating

GM

Wesley

So

2807

2020 U.S. Champion

GM

Leinier

Dominguez

2794

Rating

GM

Jeffery

Xiong

2748

Rating

GM

Sam

Shankland

2736

Rating

GM

Ray

Robson

2711

Rating

GM

Dariusz

Swiercz

2698

Rating

GM

Sam

Sevian

2692

Rating

GM

Lazaro

Bruzon

2686

Rating

GM

Alex

Lenderman

2668

US Chess Online Qualifier

(replaced US Open)

GM

Daniel

Naroditsky

2654

Wildcard

GM

John

Burke

2589

2020 U.S. Junior Champion

 2021 U.S. Women's Chess Championship Field

Title

First

Last

Invitational Rating*

Qualification Method

GM

Irina

Krush

2475

2020 U.S. Women's Champion

IM

Carissa

Yip

2468

2020 US Girls’ Junior Champion

WGM

Anna

Zatonskih

2453

Rating

WGM

Tatev

Abrahamyan

2403

Rating

WIM

Nazi

Paikidze

2386

Rating

WIM

Gulrukhbegim

Tokhirjonova

2375

Rating

WIM 

Katerina

Nemcova

2347

Rating

WGM

Thalia

Cervantes

2316

Rating

WGM

Anna

Sharevich

2296

Rating

WIM

Sabina

Foisor

2286

Rating

WIM

Ashritha

Eswaran

2286

Wildcard

WIM

Megan

Lee

2268

Wildcard

 

*Invitational ratings are calculated based on the September US Chess rating supplement, with bonuses for being at or near peak rating and penalties for inactivity.

About The Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit saintlouischessclub.org.

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TheBowtieClub TheBowtieClub 9/25/2021 04:43
Was Aronian offered a wildcard?
Nite Moves Nite Moves 9/24/2021 09:07
Why are there still two separate events for Men's and Women's?? The act alone merely suggests that one sex is interior to the other. This is not a game of physical strength, so again at the risk of repeating myself - WHY are we having two separate championships in the year of 2021?? All this horseshit about equal pay, equal opportunities, etc and still a Men's and Women's Chess Championship! I don't want to hear anymore bitching from Chessbase, USCF, FIDE, journalist, etc until we have one US Championship and then you can hand out prizes for each sex, race, and religion if you please. WGM, WIM, are joke titles - either you're a Grandmaster amongst people or you're not.
genem genem 9/24/2021 08:07
Why no Nakamura this time?
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