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 www.uschesschamps.com and on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube and Twitch.tv 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 www.saintlouischessclub.org.
SOURCE St. Louis Chess Club