U.S. Championship Round 11

by ChessBase
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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