U.S. Championship Round 11

3/31/2019 – The U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women's Chess Championship will take place for an eleventh time at the Saint Louis Chess Club from March 20th to April 1st. Sam Shankland is the defending US Champion in the Open, and world number two Fabiano Caruana is the top seed. The Women's Championship features Irina Krush as the top ranked player. Live games and commentary from 19:00 UTC (20:00 CEST, 15:00 EDT). Official site: USChessChamps.com

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Round 11

Two concurrent twelve-player round robin events will determine the new chess champions of the United States. The open section has a stellar line-up, with five 2700+ players for the first time in the national tournament.

The prize fund is USD $194,000 in the open section, with $50,000 for first place, and $100,000 in the women's category, with $25,000 in stock for the winner. Also, the "$64,000 Fischer Bonus Prize" continues to be in offer, for any player that replicates Fischer's 11-0 sweep achieved at the 1963/64 U.S. Championship.

Round 10: Jennifer Yu takes the title with a round to spare

Live games and commentary

Players receive 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds (increment) per move starting from move one. Draws by agreement in less than 30 moves are prohibited.

You can find pairings for all rounds at live.chessbase.com.


Commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade


Current standings and qualification

Title First Last FIDE rating Qualification Method
GM Fabiano Caruana 2828 Rating
GM Wesley So 2762 Rating
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2746 Rating
GM Leinier Dominguez 2739 Rating
GM Sam Shankland 2731 US Champion
GM Ray Robson 2667 Rating
GM Jeffery  Xiong 2663 Rating
GM Sam Sevian 2642 Rating
GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2637 Rating
GM Varuzhan Akobian 2625 Wildcard
GM Awonder Liang 2590 US Junior Champ.
GM Timur Gareev 2557 US Open Champion
Title First Last FIDE rating Qualification Method
GM Irina Krush 2451 Rating
IM Anna Zatonskih 2430 Rating
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 2377 Rating
WIM Annie Wang 2304 Rating
WGM Anna Sharevich 2282 Rating
WIM Carissa Yip 2279 US Girls’ Champ.
WGM Sabina Foisor 2276 Rating
WGM Jennifer Yu 2273 Rating
WIM Akshita Gorti 2272 Rating
WIM Ashritha Eswaran 2234 Wildcard
WIM Maggie Feng 2199 Wildcard
WIM Emily Nguyen 2143 Rating


NB: The USA has already advanced their clocks for Daylight Saving Time!

Date Time (GMT-5) Event
March 18 06:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
March 19   Community Day
March 20 01:00 p.m. Round 1
March 21 01:00 p.m. Round 2
March 22 01:00 p.m. Round 3
March 23 01:00 p.m. Round 4
March 24 01:00 p.m. Round 5
March 25 01:00 p.m. Round 6
March 26   Rest Day
March 27 01:00 p.m. Round 7
March 28 01:00 p.m. Round 8
March 29 01:00 p.m. Round 9
March 30 01:00 p.m. Round 10
March 31 01:00 p.m. Round 11
April 1 01:00 p.m. Playoff (if necessary)
  06:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony


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PEB216 PEB216 4/1/2019 04:27
@Zagliveri_chess As Macauley has already pointed out, Fabiano Caruana is an American citizen. He was born in Miami, Florida (July 30, 1992) and grew up in a neighborhood in northwest Brooklyn. In 2005 he moved to Europe which, for a budding chess player (he was a chess prodigy), is the hub of world chess activity. This move, obviously, was made for practical reasons. Hikaru Nakamura, on the other hand, was born in Hirakata, Japan (Dec. 9, 1987). His father is Japanese and his mother is American. Hikaru moved to the United States when he was 2-years old. You can't get much more American than Hikaru. China, with a population of approximately 1.4 billion, has more people than Europe, Canada, Australia, and the United States combined, so yes China--more than any other country with the exception of India--can rely on its homegrown talent.
Stupido Stupido 4/1/2019 10:24
Deserving champions and nice live coverage as always. However they should remove the computer evaluation bar on Jen/Yasser's analysis board.
macauley macauley 4/1/2019 10:11
@Zagliveri_chess - Total nonsense. Fabi is as American as apple pie. Wesley moved of his own accord and paid his own transfer fees. I don't know the details of Leinier's move, but since he was inactive for two years it was obviously not a case of his former federation being paid off.
PEB216 PEB216 4/1/2019 04:52
Congrats to Hikaru, who is always a favorite with the fans, and Jennifer Yu, who proved to be as charming as she was brilliant.
Zagliveri_chess Zagliveri_chess 3/31/2019 09:34
The men's tournament is warming up the new import, Leinier, I see. He produced decent games. Nice development but worrisome. The US men's team in the next Olympiad will feature 2 legit members [Hikaru and Sam] and 3 imports [Fabi, Wesley, and Leinier]. The imports will be the majority. Pay up, win big. Other countries have imported chess talent, but not at such a rate. Sergey moved on ethnic origin basis [could be acceptable to many]. Naiditch did. Cheparinov recently because his native Bulgaria is blacklisted for bribes. There are many other examples. China seems to rely exclusively on own talent. Once you played under a flag in the Olympics, you should not be allowed to change your colors. Otherwise the rich get richer, and the poor poorer.
lute lute 3/28/2019 10:14
Congrats to Maurice. You are looking quite dapper, dude - giving Yasser a run for the money regarding the GQ award. Your commentary remains spot on - as usual.

Yasser and Jennifer - you are the Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin of chess (this will not make sense unless you are a Tour de France fan).
Beanie Beanie 3/28/2019 12:04
What type of business?
Babysplitz Babysplitz 3/26/2019 02:54
Nazi Paikidze is starting a business with her husband and doesn't have the time to study or play as Yereran stated on air.
macauley macauley 3/25/2019 09:26
@tigerprowl3 - Pairings for all rounds may be viewed at live.chessbase.com where there are links to each round.
tigerprowl3 tigerprowl3 3/25/2019 12:58
Can you please post the pairings for this event?
englishplayer englishplayer 3/21/2019 06:50
Interesting that in the first round the men had 1 decisive game. In round one very game was decisive with the women.
Harry Pillsbury Harry Pillsbury 3/21/2019 03:02
Why is Nazi Paikidze not playing in the 2019 US Woman's Chess Championship this year ?