US Championships announced!
Posted: 05 March 2019 07:40 PM  
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2019 U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships Fields Announced
The Saint Louis Chess Club Hosts Nation’s Top Chess Talent March 18 - April 1

SAINT LOUIS (March 5, 2019) – The Saint Louis Chess Club will once again host America’s best at the U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. The fields are confirmed and fans are sure to see great battles on the chessboard March 18 through April 1, 2019.

“Year after year, the U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships serve as an ultimate goal and dream destination for elite chess players in this country,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “And year after year, the drama that unfolds in this tournament provides inspiration for chess players in the United States and worldwide. We look forward to hosting our nation’s chess championships for the 11th consecutive year and showcasing the best of our sport.”

“The U.S. and U.S. Women’s Championships represent the best of American chess during the two-week event,” added Carol Meyer, US Chess Executive Director. “The Championships will showcase the deep chess talent pool within the United States and will provide for daily battles that will be history-making.”

The 2019 U.S. Championships will be streamed live daily on, featuring play-by-play and analysis from the world-renowned commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Spectators may view the action live in the tournament hall and enjoy additional grandmaster-led commentary at Kingside Diner. Additional event, ticketing, and hotel information may be found at
2019 U.S. Chess Championship Field
Title First Last Invitational Rating* Qualification Method
GM Fabiano Caruana 2872 Rating
GM Wesley So 2810 Rating
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2797 Rating
GM Sam Shankland 2767 U.S. Champion
GM Leinier Dominguez 2741 Rating
GM Jeffery Xiong 2717 Rating
GM Ray Robson 2710 Rating
GM Sam Sevian 2692 Rating
GM Varuzhan Akobian 2684 Wildcard
GM Alex Lenderman 2679 Rating
GM Awonder Liang 2636 U.S. Junior Champion
GM Timur Gareev 2627 U.S. Open Champion

2019 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship Field
Title First Last Invitational Rating* Qualification Method
GM Irina Krush 2487 Rating
IM Anna Zatonskih 2465 Rating
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 2421 Rating
WGM Jennifer Yu 2378 Rating
WIM Carissa Yip 2352 U.S. Girls’ Junior Champion
WIM Annie Wang 2343 Rating
WIM Akshita Gorti 2335 Rating
WGM Sabina Foisor 2334 Rating
WGM Anna Sharevich 2319 Rating
WIM Emily Nguyen 2303 Rating
WIM Maggie Feng 2290 Wildcard
WIM Ashritha Eswaran 2256 Wildcard

*Invitational ratings are calculated based on the January US Chess rating supplement, with bonuses for being at or near peak rating and penalties for inactivity.