Strongest ever US Championships this year

2/12/2016 – The U.S. Championships will be held simultaneously at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) from April 13 through April 30, 2016. The open section features a clash between the nation's top-three players: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So, all in the top ten slot in the world. The seven-time U.S. Women's Champion GM Irina Krush seeks to defend her title. Press release.

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Highest Rated Field Set for 2016 U.S. Championships

Nakamura, Caruana, So, and Krush Confirmed

SAINT LOUIS (February, 2016) ​– For the eighth consecutive year, the nation's top 24 chess players will gather in Saint Louis to compete for the titles of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women's Champion.

The 2016 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship, boasting the strongest fields of American men and women ever assembled, will be held simultaneously at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) from April 13 through April 30.

The U.S. Championship features a headline clash between the nation's top-three players: Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, the top American player and world number seven will seek to defend his title against world number three GM Fabiano Caruana, who is making his first-ever U.S. Championship debut, and GM Wesley So, who is currently ranked No. 10 in the world. Beyond the three global elite, half of this year's national championship field are players currently ranked in the top 100 in the world, including former U.S. Champion GM Gata Kamsky and 2014 Olympiad gold-medalist GM Sam Shankland.

The 2016 U.S. Women's Championship will feature seven-time U.S. Women's Champion GM Irina Krush, who seeks to maintain her iron grip over an up-and-coming field of American females. Krush's competition includes IM Anna Zatonskih, the current No. 1 rated American woman, who returns this year after taking last year off due to having a new baby, and two up-and-coming teenagers – 14-year-old WIM Jennifer Yu and 12-year-old Carrisa Yip.

"The U.S. Championships are my favorite events each year. We work hard to promote America's best players, and many of them feel like a part of our chess family," said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the CCSCSL. "These players represent an outstanding cross-section of the current state of U.S. chess, creating what is certain to be a fierce competition for our nation's highest titles."

The 2016 U.S. Championships will be streamed live daily on, featuring play-by-play and analysis from the world-renowned commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Live spectators may view the action in the tournament hall and enjoy additional GM-led commentary on-site. Additional event, ticketing and hotel information may be found at ​

About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is 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 Chess Club and Scholastic Center 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 ​​.

2016 U.S. Championship Field

Title First Name Last Name USCF Age Residence
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2869 28 Saint Louis, MO
GM Fabiano Caruana 2858 23 Saint Louis, MO
GM Wesley So 2848 22 Minnetonka, MN
GM Ray Robson 2752 21 Saint Louis, MO
GM Gata Kamsky 2737 40 Lubbock, TX
GM Alex Onischuk 2745 41 Brooklyn, NY
GM Alex Lenderman 2727 26 Brooklyn, NY
GM Sam Shankland 2723 24 Orinda, CA
GM Varuzhan Akobian 2704 32 North Hollywood, CA
IM Akshat Chandra 2608 15 Coppell, TX
GM Alex Shabalov 2622 48 Pittsburgh, PA
GM Jeffery Xiong 2675 15 Iselin, NJ

Average USCF Rating 2739

2016 U.S. Women’s Championship Field

Title First Name Last Name USCF Age Residence
GM Irina Krush 2535 32 Brooklyn. NY
IM Anna Zatonskih 2542 35 Hartsdale, NY
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 2450 28 Glendale, CA
WGM Katerina Nemcova 2428 25 Saint Louis, MO
IM Nazi Paikidze 2398 22 Baltimore, MD
WGM Anna Sharevich 2367 30 Saint Louis, MO
WGM Sabina Foisor 2332 26 Lubbock, TX
WFM Jennifer Yu 2306 13 Ashburn, VA
NM Carissa Yip 2305 12 Andover, MA
WIM Ashritha Eswaran 2238 15 San Jose, CA
WIM Agata Bykovtsev 2239 16 Goleta, CA
WIM Akshita Gorti 2297 13 Chantilly, VA

Average USCF Rating 2370


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A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 4/19/2016 02:12
@hpaul - " Nakamura was born in Japan to an American mother, and was thus a US citizen from birth"

That is, strictly speaking, incorrect.

There are additional conditions that must be met besides the mother being American. And if they are met, then the mother may apply to the US embassy abroad to have citizenship recognized,a US birth certificate issued, and a US passport granted... It is not the case, as you apparently think,that just because his mother is American he is American.

hpaul hpaul 2/14/2016 11:11
Bloodys: "All foreigners, this is the reason for the high rating!" I was about to say you were wrong, but then I realized you must be talking about the women's tournament.
In the open championship, six of the twelve players are immigrants, though one of them, Alex Lenderman, came to the US at age 4 and learned chess here. Nakamura was born in Japan to an American mother, and was thus a US citizen from birth, while Robson was born on the US territory Guam, thus the same. Caruana, Shankland, Chandra, and Xiong are all native-born Americans, so six of the twelve are US citizens by birth. (One of the commenters here claims that Shankland is Canadian, but that's wrong.)
Aighearach Aighearach 2/14/2016 04:42
Florida seems foreign to you, that is why this is the US Championship and not the one where you're from. ;)

Though granted, Shankland is Canadian.
Denix Denix 2/13/2016 01:18
... from April 13 through April 30, 2016.

Sounds familiar - April 13 :)
Offramp Offramp 2/13/2016 11:30
This was a good, dramatic event last year. It also used some beautiful chess sets!
midknightblue midknightblue 2/13/2016 07:36
Strange conments
Bloodys Bloodys 2/13/2016 01:58
All foreigners, this is the reason for the high rating!
Beanie Beanie 2/13/2016 01:30
Do the players have to bring their own sets, boards and clocks?
digupagal digupagal 2/12/2016 06:57
i root for akshat chandra, expecting some surprises from him
chilindix chilindix 2/12/2016 06:49
Really looking forward to it especially So v. Akobian.