US Championships to take place online in October

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9/24/2020 – October 2020 will mark an extraordinary chapter in American chess history, as due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Saint Louis Chess Club will host the 2020 US Chess Championships online for the first time. This unique combination of the five top national tournaments will showcase competitors that best represent the past, present, and future of American Chess. The events will take place on October 9-29. | Photo: Austin Fuller

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Five events, online

October 2020 will mark an extraordinary chapter in American chess history, as due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Saint Louis Chess Club will host the 2020 U.S. Chess Championships online for the first time. This unique combination of the five top national tournaments will showcase competitors that best represent the past, present, and future of American Chess.

Below you will find overviews of the five tournaments that will take place on October 9-29, including dates, formats, prize funds and participants. All rounds start at 1:00 PM local time (UTC-5).


US Girls’ Junior Championship

US Girls' Junior Championship 2020The 2020 US Girls’ Junior Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 10 of the strongest female chess players in America under the age of 20. Over the course of 9 rounds, these competitors will battle for $10,300 in prize money and the title of 2020 US Girls' Junior Chess Champion.

  • Dates: October 9-11
  • Format: 10-player round robin
  • Time control: G/25 + 5
  • Prize fund: $10,300 with $3,000 reserved for first place

Participants

  1. IM Carissa Yip (2420)
  2. IM Annie Wang (2384)
  3. WGM Jennifer Yu (2315)
  4. WIM Thalia Cervantes (2311)
  5. WIM Emily Nguyen (2280)
  6. WFM Martha Samadashvili (2215)
  7. WCM Ruiyang Yan (2093)
  8. WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki (2043)
  9. WIM Rochelle Wu (2029)
  10. WCM Alice Lee (1967)

Carissa Yip

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US Junior Championship

US Junior Championship 2020The 2020 US Junior Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 10 of the strongest chess players in America under the age of 20. Over the course of 9 rounds, these competitors will battle for $20,600 in prize money and the title of 2020 US Junior Chess Champion.

  • Dates: October 13-15
  • Format: 10-player round robin
  • Time control: G/25 + 5
  • Prize fund: $20,600 with $6,000 reserved for first place

Participants

  1. GM Jeffery Xiong (2709)
  2. GM Sam Sevian (2660)
  3. GM John Burke (2538)
  4. GM Nicolas Checa (2527)
  5. GM Brandon Jacobson (2487)
  6. IM Praveen Balakrishnan (2485)
  7. IM Joshua Sheng (2474)
  8. IM Christopher Yoo (2455)
  9. IM Bryce Tiglon (2393)
  10. FM Christopher Shen (2354)

Jeffery Xiong

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US Senior Championship

US Senior Championship 2020The 2020 US Senior Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 10 of the strongest chess players in America over the age of 50. Over the course of 9 rounds, these competitors will battle for $50,000 in prize money and the title of 2020 US Senior Chess Champion.

  • Dates: October 17-19
  • Format: 10-player round robin
  • Time control: G/25 + 5
  • Prize fund: $50,000 with $12,000 reserved for first place

Participants

  1. GM Larry Christiansen (2567)
  2. GM Igor Novikov (2554)
  3. GM Patrick Wolff (2552)
  4. GM Gregory Kaidanov (2549)
  5. GM Alexander Goldin (2542)
  6. GM Alexander Shabalov (2528)
  7. GM Joel Benjamin (2506)
  8. GM Alex Yermolinsky (2486)
  9. GM Dmitry Gurevich (2399)
  10. FM Shelby Getz (2298)

Alexander Shabalov

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US Women’s Championship

US Women's Championship 2020The 2020 US Women’s Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest female chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $100,000 in prize money and the title of 2020 US Women’s Chess Champion.

  • Dates: October 21-24
  • Format: 12-player round robin
  • Time control: G/25 + 5
  • Prize fund: $100,000 with $25,000 reserved for first place

Participants

  1. GM Irina Krush (2429)
  2. IM Anna Zatonskih (2420)
  3. IM Carissa Yip (2420)
  4. IM Annie Wang (2384)
  5. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (2358)
  6. WGM Jennifer Yu (2315)
  7. WIM Thalia Cervantes (2311)
  8. WIM Emily Nguyen (2280)
  9. IM Dorsa Derakhshani (2270)
  10. WIM Ashritha Eswaran (2244)
  11. WGM Sabina Foisor (2228)
  12. WFM Martha Samadashvili (2215) 

US Women's Championship 2019

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US Championship

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

Participants

  1. GM Wesley So (2770)
  2. GM Leinier Dominguez (2758)
  3. GM Hikaru Nakamura (2736)
  4. GM Jeffery Xiong (2709)
  5. GM Sam Shankland (2691)
  6. GM Ray Robson (2673)
  7. GM Sam Sevian (2660)
  8. GM Dariusz Świercz (2649)
  9. GM Alex Lenderman (2634)
  10. GM Awonder Liang (2592)
  11. GM Alejandro Ramirez (2567)
  12. GM Elshan Moradiabadi (2555)

Hikaru Nakamura

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syuanjiang syuanjiang 9/25/2020 09:50
Very sad that USCF decided to play rapid to determine the prestigious US championship.
TwoZero TwoZero 9/25/2020 01:35
If the rest of the world had just followed Sweden's lead, Chess tournaments would be back to OTB by now...
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 9/24/2020 04:09
Surprising. I would rather cancel such an event rather than hold it online.
Gerald C Gerald C 9/24/2020 07:48
Fabiano will participate in the candidates tournament.
CentrKentr CentrKentr 9/24/2020 04:57
Anyone know why Fabiano Caruana is not in the U.S. Championship field?
chessgod0 chessgod0 9/24/2020 04:50
An online rapid tournament to decide the US chess champion? A travesty
calcomar calcomar 9/24/2020 03:53
It's fixed now. Thanks!
nukeychess nukeychess 9/24/2020 03:39
The heading for US Championship is listed as "US Senior Championship".
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