U.S. Championship 2020: Live!

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10/29/2020 – The 2020 U.S. Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $150,000 in prize money and the title of 2020 U.S. Chess Champion. The 12-player single round-robin is being played on October 26-19. The action kicks off daily at 13:00 local time (18:00 UT, 19:00 CET). Read the report on Day 3 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Rounds 10-11

October 2020 marks an extraordinary chapter in American chess history, as due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Saint Louis Chess Club is hosting the 2020 US Chess Championships online for the first time. Carissa Yip, John Burke, Joel Benjamin and Irina Krush have won the first four tournaments of the series, but the main event is just starting.

US Championship 2020The 2020 US Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $150,000 in prize money and the title of 2020 US Chess Champion.

  • Dates: October 26-29
  • Format: 12-player round robin
  • Time control: G/25 + 5
  • Prize fund: $150,000 with $40,000 reserved for first place

Previous reports: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Standings after Round 9

US Championship 2020

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malfa malfa 10/30/2020 12:00
Congratulations for winning the first US title where classic chess were substituted by a rapid videogame, as if USATF marathon title were awarded by playing some online running game.
Denix Denix 10/30/2020 07:41
Congratulations Wesley!
jenyes jenyes 10/28/2020 02:40
Understand that it's either online or nothing. I'm sure the normal invitations couldn't go out because of Covid but I'm thankful that Mr. Sinquefeld (sp) is giving us something to watch. This is the last of 5 national tournaments being held online this year and they have been quite entertaining.
Aighearach Aighearach 10/28/2020 02:15
Nakamura tried to rating-slap Liang and got schooled. Funny game. Don't forget to castle.
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 10/27/2020 08:23
Presumably the national body, the USCF, had to sign off of it, so they and the organizers would be jointly responsible.

What happened to Fabiano Caruana? Did he decline his invitation because of the Candidates, which was then cancelled, and he couldn't get back the spot? FIDE has really messed things up. They should just admit it and re-start with Radjabov, or come up with some other workable solution.
Ajeeb007 Ajeeb007 10/27/2020 08:18
Rapid chess should be left for the more frivolous tournaments. I won't be following this Rapid tournament to the degree I would the normal classical championship. In chess speed does not equal excitement. That's hockey.
chessgod0 chessgod0 10/27/2020 08:01
This is not the US Championship, it's the US Rapid Championship.
keithbc6472 keithbc6472 10/27/2020 02:49
It’s surely the wrong title for this rapid tournament
keithbc6472 keithbc6472 10/27/2020 02:48
Ah though something was amiss when reading they THREE games were being played on one day!
Galuna Galuna 10/27/2020 01:11
I'm really disappointed with Hikaru. If he couldn't beat Sevian, he's not going to win this tournament. Plus, I agree with the other commenter. This rapid format cheapens the U.S. Chess tournament and renders it virtually worthless.
jpmoldovan jpmoldovan 10/27/2020 06:26
I have no interest in watching this rapid charade. It is not the U.S. Championship. It's the U.S. G/30 Championship.