The Saint Louis Chess Club will welcome legends and rising stars of American chess

The 2022 U.S. Senior, Junior and Junior Women’s Championships return July 6-16, 2022

SAINT LOUIS, June 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This summer, the Saint Louis Chess Club will host three national championships featuring the top senior, junior and female American chess players. From July 6-16, 2022, St. Louis, the Chess Capital of America, will host the top 10 juniors, girls, and seniors from the 2022 US Junior, US Girls’ Junior, and US Senior Invitational Chess Championships. The tournaments offer more than 130 $000 in prizes.

“We are thrilled to once again kick off the National Championships this summer bringing together the best chess players from across the United States,” said Executive Director Tony Rich. “For the past 13 years, we have been proud to annually host the future of chess with the US Junior and US Junior Women’s Championships and for the fourth year in a row we will showcase the legends of chess with the US Senior Championship. “

The three 10-player fields will connect the past and future of chess for a celebration of the best in chess.

The U.S. Junior Championship will feature a group of new and returning young prodigies. 2021 GM USA Junior Champion Hans Niemann will not return to reclaim his title. Headliners include two-time U.S. Junior Champion GM Awonder Liang, GM Brandon Jacobson, GM Christopher Yoo and GM Abhimanyu Mishra, whose talent and determination put them among the brightest young minds in the game. , the wildcard player will be three-time United States Junior Champion IM Carissa Yip. In addition to winning the title, players will compete for a share of the over $20,000 fund and an invite to the US Championship later this year. The winner of the US Junior Championship will receive a $6,000 scholarship, jointly supported by US Chess and Dewain Barber.

  • U.S. Junior Women’s Championship

The future of women’s chess in America is bright and will be on full display at the US Junior Women’s Championship. This tournament features a group of rising stars, while 2021 United States Junior IM Champion Annie Wang will not return to reclaim her title. Headlining players returning to competition this year include WGM Jennifer Yu, WGM Thalia Cervantes and WIM Alice Lee, 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 portion of the over $10,000 prize and an invite to the US Women’s Championship later this year. Additionally, the winner of the US Junior Women’s Championship will receive a $6,000 scholarship, jointly supported by US Chess and Dewain Barber.

For the fourth year in a row, the US Senior Championship will run alongside other national chess championships across the country. The 2022 platoon features legendary chess players, including six American Chess Hall of Fame inductees: Grandmasters Gregory Kaidanov, 2021 Senior US Champion, Joel Benjamin, 2020 Senior US Champion, Alex Shabalov, Senior Champion American 2019, Larry Christiansen, Igor Novikov, and joker Nick Di Firmian.

GM’s expert commentary team Yasser Seirawan, Alejandro Ramirez and Cristian Chirila will call the action live. The team will provide in-game analysis daily from July 6 through July 16 online starting at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Fans can follow all the action live at and on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube and channels.

2022 U.S. Junior Championship Ground
Last name Qualification method Ranking by invitation* Hometown
GM Awonder Liang Champion Denker 2021 2705 Madison, Wis.
General Manager Brandon Jacobson Evaluation 2627 Westfield NJ
GM Christopher Yoo Evaluation 2626 Dublin, California
GM Andrew Hong Evaluation 2610 Saratoga, California
GM Abhimanyu Mishra Evaluation 2607 Englishtown, New Jersey
Mr. I. David Brodsky Evaluation 2584 Cortlandt Mansion, NY
IM Justin Wang Evaluation 2565 Katy, TX
NM Pedro Espinosa 2021 US Junior Open Champion 2222 New York, NY
MI Balaji Daggupati Evaluation 2525 San Ramon, California
MI Carissa Yip Wildcard character 2514 Andover, MA
2022 U.S. Women’s Junior Championship Ground
Last name Ranking by invitation* Qualification Hometown
WGM Jennifer Yu Evaluation 2388 Ashburn, Virginia
WGM Thalia Cervantes Evaluation 2355 St. Louis, Missouri
Alice Lee Evaluation 2347 1North Oaks, MN
FM Ruiyang Yan Champion Haring 2021 2344 Mountain View, California
WIM Rochelle Wu Evaluation 2319 Woodland, California
WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki Evaluation 2250 Waccabuc, NY
WFM Zoey Tang Evaluation 2232 Portland, OR
WIM Ellen Wang Evaluation 2213 Bronx, NY
WFM Gracy Prasanna Evaluation 2210 Nazareth, Pennsylvania
WFM Anne-Marie Veléa Wildcard character 2201 Sammamish, WA
2022 U.S. Senior Championship Ground
Last name Ranking by invitation* Qualification Hometown
GM Gregory Kaidanov** 2021 Senior USA Champion 2600 Lexington, Kentucky
MI Igor Khmelnitsky 2021 Irwin Champion 2470 King of Prussia, PA
GM Dmitry Gurevich 2021 US Open Senior Champion 2417 Chicago, IL 60607
GM Vladimir Akopian Evaluation 2672 Glendale, California
GM Larry Christiansen** Evaluation 2601 Cambridge, MA
GM Igor Novikov** Evaluation 2587 Lexington, Kentucky
GM Alex Shabalov** Evaluation 2558 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
GM Maxim Dlugy Evaluation 2549 New York, NY
GM Joel Benjamin** Evaluation 2534 Waldwick, New Jersey
GM Nick Di Firmian** Wildcard character 2506 Oakland, California

* Invitational rankings are calculated and certified by US Chess.
** Refers to members of the US Chess Hall of Fame participating in the 2022 Senior US Championship at the Saint Louis Chess Club.

St. 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

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