The Saint Louis Chess Club will welcome American chess legends and prodigies

“We are thrilled to kick off this summer’s over the board events with these three unique tournaments,” said Executive Director, tony rich. “For the past 12 years, we have been proud to welcome the future of chess each year with the US Junior and US Junior Women’s Championships and for the third year in a row we will be showcasing the legends of chess with our US Senior Championship. “

The three 10-man fields of the upcoming championships will connect the past and future of chess for a celebration of the best in chess. Please see notable storylines on the U.S. Junior Championship and U.S. Junior Women’s Championship, as well as the U.S. Senior Championship, below:

  • American Junior Championship
    All eyes will be on 20-year-old grandmaster John Burke, who will return to defend his 2020 U.S. junior title. Other headliners on the court include GM Nicolas ChecaGM Hans Niemannand GM Brandon Jacobsonwhose electric strategies and tactics place them among the brightest young minds in the game. In addition to claiming the title, players will compete to earn one more piece of $20,000 In addition, the winners of the US Junior and US Girls’ Junior will each receive a $6,000 scholarship, jointly supported by US Chess and Dewain Barbier.
  • U.S. Junior Women’s Championship
    The future of women’s chess in America is bright and will be on full display during the USA Junior Women’s Championship which will feature a group of new rising stars as the 2020 USA Junior Women’s Champion. MI Carissa Yip will not return to reclaim his title. Other headliners returning to competition this year include IM Annie Wang, WIM Rochelle Wu and WIM Thalia Cervantes, each considered one of America’s finest female and male chess players. In addition to winning the title, players will have the chance to win a piece of more than $10,000 prize fund. Additionally, the winners of US Junior and US Girls’ Junior will each receive a $6,000 scholarship, jointly supported by US Chess and Dewain Barbier.
  • American Senior Championship
    For the third year in a row, the United States Senior Championship will run alongside other National Chess Championships across the country. The 2021 platoon features legendary chess players, including five inductees into the US Chess Hall of Fame: GM Joel Benjaminthe 2020 US Senior Champion, GM Alex Shabalovthe 2019 Senior US Champion, GM Larry ChristiansenGM Gregory Kaidanovand GM Alex Yermolinsky.

For this year’s event, the commentary team will also be joined by Sharon Carpenter, award-winning journalist, television presenter and producer. Carpenter has worked on-air for some of the best-known networks in the United States, including BBC America, CBS, BET, VH1 and REVOLT TV, covering the gamut from hard news to pop culture.

Covering all the action with Sharon Carpenter will be GM’s expert commentary team Yasser Seirawan and Christian Chirila. The team will provide game analysis daily from July 16-26, 2021 via an online broadcast stream from 3:00 p.m. central time.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, spectators will not be permitted for this tournament, but fans can watch all the action live on www.uschesschamps.com and on the Saint Louis Chess Club Youtube and Twitch.tv canals.

2021 U.S. Junior Championship Ground

name

Ranking by invitation*

Qualification

Hometown

GM Nicolas Checa

2648

Denker High School 2020
Tournament of Champions

Dobbs Ferry, New York

GM John Michael Burke

2618

2020 U.S. Junior Champion

Brick, New Jersey

GM Praveen Balakrishnan

2605

Rating

Downtown VA

GM Hans Niemann

2599

Rating

Weston, Connecticut

General Manager Brandon Jacobson

2572

Rating

Westfield, New Jersey

Mr. I. David Brodsky

2564

Rating

Cortlandt Mansion, NY

IM Andrew Hong

2543

Rating

Saratoga, California

IM Christopher Yu

2540

Rating

Dublin, California

IM Justin Wang

2540

Rating

Katy, TX

MI Ben Li

2477

Wildcard character

Troy, Michigan

2021 U.S. Women’s Junior Championship Ground

name

Ranking by invitation*

Qualification

Hometown

MI Annie Wang

2457

Champion Haring 2020

Canada, CA

WIM Thalia Cervantes

2346

Rating

St. Louis, Missouri

WFM Martha Samadashvili

2340

Rating

Albany, NY

WIM Rochelle Wu

2274

Rating

Davis, California

WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki

2244

Rating

Waccabuc, NY

WCM Ruiyang Yan

2242

Rating

Mountain View CA

WCM Chandelier Zeng

2201

Rating

Hays, KS

WCM Alice Lee

2200

Rating

North Oaks, MN

Suzanne Ulrich

2193

Wildcard character

Appleton, Wis.

WFM Sanjana Vittal

2182

Rating

East Windsor, New Jersey

2021 U.S. Senior Championship Ground

name

Ranking by invitation*

Qualification

Hometown

GM Larry Christiansen**

2634

Rating

Cambridge, MA

GM Alex Shabalov**

2629

Rating

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

GM Gregory Kaidanov**

2626

Rating

Lexington, Kentucky

GM Igor Novikov

2623

Rating

Lexington, Kentucky

GM Joel Benjamin**

2586

2020 US Senior Champion

Waldwick, New Jersey

GM Alex Yermolinsky**

2560

Rating

Sioux Falls, SD

MI Leonid Sokolin

2547

Rating

Westfield, New Jersey

GM Melikset Khachiyan

2544

Rating

Glendale, California

GM Alex Fishbein

2495

2020 National Senior Table of Contents

Summit, New Jersey

GM James Tarjan

2425

Wildcard character

Portland, OR

* Invitational rankings are calculated and certified by US Chess.
** Refers to members of the US Chess Hall of Fame participating in the 2021 Senior US Championship at the Saint Louis Chess Club.

About the Saint Louis Chess Club
The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization 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 advanced chess classes, beginners classes, and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. . For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.

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