The 1st of April the strongest U.S. Championship ever starts at the swift Chess Club and Scholastic Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
The tournament's format is a 12-players Round-Robin (11 rounds).
Games start April the 1st, at 2:00PM EDT.
Only rest day is April the 6th.
Playoffs, if needed, on April the 13th.
ICC will make available to his members the LIVE commentary with GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Maurice Ashley.
Also, the ICC will present his members with two LIVE shows, in which GM Alex Yermolinsky will recap the events in the tournament. These shows are scheduled for 12 noon EDT on April 6th and 13th.
Number three in the World, GM Hikaru Nakamura, is the favorite, even considering how well he's been playing in the last tournaments he participated in. Wesley So, currently 8th in the FIDE rating list, is going to be his main foe. There is a difference between the two, though. As IM Greg Shahade noted in one if his brilliant articles, Nakamura has kept his super-duper rating playing almost exclusively elite events, facing the strongest players in the world, whereas Wesley So has played a plethora of opens to reach his stellar rating. Also, Nakamura is a very experienced player, and this year he's trying to conquer his fourth title in St. Louis. Another player who cannot be forgotten in the list of favorites is the 4 times and defending champion Gata Kamsky. We all know how strong can Gata be and, even though lately he's not played at his best, he's always dangerous for any player. Last but not least, Ray Robson - though he's not at the same level as the first two - could be a relative surprise in this amazing Championship.
Irina Krush is of course the favorite in the Women US Championship. Her rating is 150 point higher than her immediate follower's, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan. Irina is chasing her 7th title, and 4th in a row.
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