Fields Set For U.S. Chess Champs!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013. 04. 11. 10:58.


2013 U.S. Championships Celebrate 5 Years in Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS, April 11, 2013 -- The fields are set for both the 2013 U.S. Championship and 2013 U.S. Women’s Championship, scheduled to be held simultaneously May 2 through May 13 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).

This marks the fifth consecutive year that each of these prestigious events will be held in Saint Louis. The opening ceremony takes place on May 2, and the first round for both events will kick off at 1 p.m. CDT on May 3.

In honor of the five-year anniversary, the 2013 U.S. Championship will feature a 24-player Swiss, the same format that was featured the first time the CCSCSL hosted a national championship in 2009. This year’s event will feature a guaranteed prize fund of more than $180,000.

Alex Onischuk (left) and Gata Kamsky are among the top contenders


Tony Rich, executive director of the CCSCSL, said the expanded field is sure to encourage fighting chess with many decisive results.

“With such a dynamic field, this year’s event is shaping up to be our most exciting U.S. Championship to date,” Rich said.

GM Hikaru Nakamura, the reigning U.S. Champion, declined his invitation to play in this year’s event, opting instead to compete in the Norway Chess 2013 super tournament featuring World Championship challenger GM Magnus Carlsen.

With Nakamura out, a number of youthful challengers hope to usher in a changing of the guard including reigning World Champions IM Kayden Troff (U-14 World Champion) and IM-elect Sam Sevian (U-12 World Champion). Among other new faces at the U.S. Championship is GM Timur Gareeev, who recently transferred federations from Uzbekistan and is coming off of an undefeated, first-place finish at the North American Open in Las Vegas this past December.

The complete list of players and their current USCF ratings is as follows:

1     GM Gata Kamsky (2815)
2     GM Timur Gareev (2766)
3     GM Alexander Onischuk (2732)
4     GM Ray Robson (2698)
5     GM Sam Shankland (2698)
6     GM Varuzhan Akobian (2690)
7     GM Alex Stripunsky (2680)
8     GM Gregory Kaidanov (2673)
9     GM Alexander Ivanov (2664)
10     GM Robert Hess (2661)
11     GM Larry Christiansen (2657)
12     GM Yury Shulman (2639)
13     GM Alex Shabalov (2633)
14     GM Marc Arnold (2626)
15     GM Melikset Khachiyan (2625)
16     FM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (2621)
17     GM Joel Benjamin (2618)
18     IM-elect Yaacov Norowitz (2612)
19     GM Alejandro Ramirez (2606)
20     GM Conrad Holt (2591)
21     GM Ben Finegold (2570)
22     FM John Bryant (2542)
23     IM Kayden Troff (2505)
24     IM-elect Sam Sevian (2467)

In addition to the $180,000 prize fund, the CCSCSL again will sponsor the “$64K Fischer Prize,” to be awarded to anyone that scores a perfect 9-0 in the U.S. Championship, in honor of Bobby Fischer’s result at the 1963-64 U.S. Championship.

The 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship will feature 10 players and a guaranteed prize fund of $65,000. IM Irina Krush looks to defend her U.S. Women’s Championship crown. Invitations for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship are as follows:

1     IM Anna Zatonskih (2506)
2     IM Irina Krush (2489)
3     WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (2409)
4     WGM Sabina Foisor (2397)
5     WGM Camilla Baginskaite (2358)
6     WIM Viktorija Ni (2353)
7     WIM Iryna Zenyuk (2341)
8     WGM Anjelina Belakovskaia (2334)
9     WFM Sarah Chiang (2238)
10     WFM Alena Kats (2229)

For the first time in the five years the CCSCSL has hosted the event, organizers are bringing in three commentators to provide even more extensive live coverage of the games and more in-depth player interviews and post-game analysis. GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade will provide live play-by-play coverage of the event via

Additionally, the live coverage will be picked up by FOX Sports Midwest online, with a special hour-long recap of the event airing on FOX Sports Midwest on May 25.

Franc Guadalupe will be the chief arbiter for the U.S. Championship with Carol Jarecki helming the U.S. Women’s Championship.

Check for the latest updates, full player bios, info about past U.S. Championships and news about the top players in the U.S.



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

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  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Why isn't Seiriwan playing?

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    Was just about to ask why Finegold was not doing commentary and then noticed he was actually playing.  I enjoy listening to Serawan though.

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    Shankland was awesome last time! I wouldn't mind seeing him win this time. I've always cheered for Gata Kamsky against Nakamura so anything that keeps up Kamsky as a challenger to Nakamura for top US chess player is good in my book. It would certainly be incredibly exciting to see Sam or Kayden pull off the upset, especially at their young age. I don't know about Sam, but I think Kayden has it in him to surprise us, though actually winning the tournament still seems a bit too crazy to me.

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    My support to GM Sam Shankland and WIM Iryna Zenyuk!

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    Go Sam Sevian! He is 12 years old. Great tournament for him.

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    I'm rooting for member GM Onischuk to win!

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    As the press release notes, Nakamura is playing in Norway, so won't be able to defend his title.

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    This is a good move (pun intended) for Nakamura.

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    Does that mean HN forfeits his title?

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    no nakamura?

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    @ keegan - these are USCF ratings, not ELO or FIDE ratings.

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    If Sam wins, it will be definitive proof that he is a Super GM in the making, rather than 'just' an outstanding GM; go Sam! 

    If Kayden can achieve a 0 score (same number of wins and losses), it will be an extraordinary achievement. 

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    i heard something about Carura (italian-american) wanting to play in the US championship. what happened with that?

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    what happened to 'Kateryna Rohonyan' ?

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    NM Petrosianic

    I played LarryC at USATE; he was gracious to analyze the game with me afterward despite the late hour.  I hope he does well.

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    I'd like to see Larry Christiansen win.

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    I think that is their USCF ratings. 

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Looks good.... but that Norway field looks fantastic. Too bad they're at the same time.

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    Nice field. I like Sam , Gata and Ray for top three

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