U.S. Championship 2017

U.S. Championship 2017

2017 U.S. Championship

In 2016, the American National team took home gold and won the prestigious Hamilton-Russel-Cup at the Olympiad in Baku. The team consisted of Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Sam Shankland, and Ray Robson.

During the Olympiad, Wesley So was the third board, behind Caruana and Nakamura; however, since the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Bilbao, So is now rated second, only behind Magnus Carlsen. Nakamura is also in great shape, as he won the Gibraltar Open for the third time. Caruana has been struggling with his form, but he will have a great chance to rebound at the U.S. Championship!

The main favorites are obviously the big three: Caruana, So and Nakamura. There are a few players who might pull a miraculous victory at the U.S Championship.

  • Sam Shankland had a fantastic run, helping Team USA win the Olympiad and he also won a couple of tournaments in Fagernes International, Edmonton International and the Biel Masters in 2016.

  • Ray Robson, also a member of the Olympic Champion team of Baku, must also have high expectations at the U.S Championships. He has been competing with the big three for quite a few years and, in 2015, he broke through and finished second, ahead Wesley So and behind Hikaru Nakamura. This year Robson will have a chance to prove that he is the best at the U.S. Championships!

  • It is impossible not to mention the new upcoming seventeen year-old talent; Jeffery Xiong. He had great results at youth events, where he achieved second place at  Youth World Championship under 12 and also won the U.S. Junior Closed tournament. Recently, he also started to show great results internationally; winning the Capablanca Memorial ”B” Group, and the World Junior Championship with one round to spare. He was also close to qualifying to the Tata Steel Master’s Tournament, but he was edged out by Gawain Jones in the last rounds. Based on Xiong’s recent results, he is one of the players to look out for!

Even though, everyone is expecting one of these six players to finish on the top, it would be wrong to write down the rest of the field. Kamsky, Onischuk, Naroditsky, Akobian and Shabalov will also have their chances at this years championship. The deciding factor will be stability against the top three players. Hence, Kamsky and Onischuk can stand out here, as they have the necessary experience to do so. Gata Kamsky and Alexander Onischuk are both previous U.S. Champions and very solid classical players. If in good shape, they can surprise this field. Kamsky is a great fighter, and one of those players who had won a World Cup, which is something not many can brag about. Alexander Onischuk has all to hope for as he had a decent showing at 2016 U.S. Championship, finishing fifth, keeping up with Caruana, So and Nakamura.

This 2017 U.S. Championship will be one of the most contentious championships, with many young players competing against the best of the best. This could be the beginning of a new era.

2017 U.S. Women’s Championship 

The 2016 U.S. Women’s Championship ended with a great surprise; Nazi Paikidze won her inaugural Championship in front of Tatev Abrahamyan, and Anna Zatonskih. Paikidze started her tournament with mild expectations, but she won the Championship with confident play. Will she make it two out of two?

The main contenders are Irina Krush, Anna Zatonskih, and Tatev Abrahamyan.

  • Irina Krush, won the previous four championships, and if she finds her form this year, she will be a major threat for Paikidze.

  • Anna Zatonskih, made a great comeback, finishing third at last year’s championship. She did not play in the previous U.S. Women’s Championship, but as the winner of previous U.S. Women’s Championship, she has every chance to become the Champion of 2017.

  • Tatev Abrahamyan continued her great performance at the U.S. Women’s Championship where she finished second on tiebreaks behind Irina Krush in 2014. She repeated her performance in 2016. Abrahamyan is known for her fighting spirit, and if she can keep that positive spirit for the last rounds, she is more than likely to win the U.S. title in the upcoming years.

  • Katerina Nemcova debuted in the U.S. Women’s Championship with a fantastic result, tied for second place. She did not do as well in the previous Championship, but she still finished fourth. She played great chess in Baku at the Olympiad, and if she manages to save that form for this year’s Championship, she can easily finish in the top three.

The 2017 U.S. Women’s Championship is projected to be a close contest between Irina Krush and Nazi Paikidze, but with so many ambitious, and young players aiming for the top spots, it’s not easy to predict who will become the new U.S. Women’s Champion this April.

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U.S. Championship

The 2017 U.S. Championship is a 12-player round-robin tournament featuring the strongest players in the USA, who compete for USD $194,000 in prize money, as well as the coveted title of U.S. Champion. If two or more players are tied for first place, a tiebreak playoff will be held. For the 9th consecutive year the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosts the championship.
Players receive 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 seconds increment per move starting from move one. Agreed draws are not allowed before move 30. Official website: uschesschamps.com


U.S. Women’s Championship

The 2017 U.S. Championship is a 12-player round-robin tournament featuring the strongest players in the USA, who compete for USD $100,000 in prize money, qualification into the Women’s World Championship cycle, and the title of 2017 U.S. Women’s Champion. If two or more players are tied for first place, a tiebreak playoff will be held. For the 9th consecutive year the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosts the championship.
Players receive 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 seconds increment per move starting from move one. Agreed draws are not allowed before move 30. Official website: uschesschamps.com

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U.S. Championship LIVE

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U.S. Women’s Championship LIVE

2017 WINTER CLASSIC

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SeasonalClassicWinterLogo-FINAL (1)The 2017 Winter Chess Classic is the first of four tournaments each year featuring 20 international chess professionals. The Winter Chess Classic is comprised of two 10-player Round Robin tournaments. Over the course of nine rounds, these competitors will battle for $20,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events.

At A Glance
Dates March 11-18, 2017
Location Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
Format Two 10-Player Round Robins
Prize Fund $20,000

 

Day Date Time Event

Friday

10-Mar

Arrival

Saturday

11-Mar

12:00 PM

Player Meeting

1:00 PM

Round 1

Sunday

12-Mar

1:00 PM

Round 2

Monday

13-Mar

1:00 PM

Round 3

Tuesday

14-Mar

1:00 PM

Round 4

Wednesday

15-Mar

1:00 PM

Round 5

Thursday

16-Mar

1:00 PM

Round 6

Friday

17-Mar

1:00 PM

Round 7

Saturday

18-Mar

1:00 PM

Round 8

Sunday

19-Mar

11:00 AM

Round 9

5:00 PM

Playoff

6:30 PM

Closing Ceremony

Monday

20-Mar

Departure

* All times listed are CDT (GMT-6).

 

Winter Chess Classic – Group A Winter Chess Classic – Group B
Place Prize Place Prize
1st $5,000 1st $4,000
2nd $3,000 2nd $2,500
3rd $2,000 3rd $1,500
4th $1,000 4th $1,000
Total $11,000 Total $9,000
Total Prize Fund $20,000
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