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The Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Nation’s Top Chess Talent Along with 2022 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame and 2021 World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions

SAINT LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Saint Louis Chess Club (STLCC) will host America’s best chess players for the 2022 U.S. Chess Championship and 2022 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. The two fields of 28 players in total are confirmed and fans are sure to see some exciting battles over the board from October 4 to October 20, 2022.

Tuesday, October 4, will kick off the chess festivities with the public opening ceremony for the 2022 U.S. Championships, the 2022 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of Daniel Willard Fiske, GM James Tarjan, and IM John Watson, and the 2021 World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of GMs Miguel Najdorf and Eugene Torre. The public opening ceremony will be held at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Purchase tickets.

The 2022 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships will conclude with a public closing ceremony at The Royal Sonesta Chase Park Plaza from 6:00pm to 10:30pm. Both the opening and closing ceremonies will be available to watch online at uschesschamps.com and on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s YouTube and Twitch.tv channels.

“Participating in the U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships has been considered one of the ultimate goals for elite chess players in this country,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “We are thrilled to announce the return of these two over the board events as well as the increase of both fields. These championships will once again be held in the Nation’s Chess Capital, with more than $400,000 in prizes.”

US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer adds, “Our partners at the Saint Louis Chess Club always make competing in our premier events the exceptional experience our top players deserve. As new residents of Saint Louis ourselves, we at US Chess are excited to watch the Championships alongside local fans and chess enthusiasts from around the world.”

The 2022 U.S. Championships will be streamed live daily starting at 1:00pm CDT featuring play-by-play and analysis from the world-renowned commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan and GM Cristian Chirila. Fans can follow all of the action live on www.uschesschamps.com and on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s YouTube and Twitch.tv channels.

Fair Play at the Saint Louis Chess Club

Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club also shared a statement on Fair Play at the Saint Louis Chess Club:

“Over more than a decade, we have worked tirelessly to fuel a resurgence of chess in America, to create a place for elite chess players to play at the highest levels for the greatest purses, and to democratize access to chess to all players, no matter age, race or skill set. It’s been remarkable to see the widespread discussion around chess over the past several weeks, but it’s important that we are clear on our position as it relates to cheating.

“We take great pride in being able to host the top chess players from across the world at the Saint Louis Chess Club. As with all events, it’s imperative that we maintain high standards for fair tournament play. We always have – and will continue – to implement extensive anti-cheating measures.

“As we prepare for the upcoming U.S. Chess and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships, we anticipate hosting another successful event, complete with rigorous protocols to ensure the best chess players in the country can continue to compete on an even playing field.”

Additional event information may be found at www.uschesschamps.com.

2022 U.S. Chess Championship Field

No.

Title

First

Last

Invitational

Rating*

Qualification Method

1

GM

Fabiano

Caruana

2828

Rating

2

GM

Levon

Aronian

2826

Rating

3

GM

Wesley

So

2813

2021 U.S. Champion

4

GM

Leinier

Dominguez

2793

Rating

5

GM

Sam

Shankland

2759

Rating

6

GM

Jeffery

Xiong

2737

Rating

7

GM

Sam

Sevian

2731

Rating

8

GM

Hans

Niemann

2727

2021 U.S. Junior Championship

9

GM

Ray

Robson

2722

Rating

10

GM

Dariusz

Swiercz

2696

Rating

11

GM

Alex

Lenderman

2634

2021 U.S. Open Championship

12

GM

Christopher

Yoo

2593

2022 U.S. Junior Championship

13

GM

Elshan

Moradiabadi

2584

2022 U.S. Open Championship

14

GM

Awonder

Liang

2673

Wildcard

2022 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship Field

No.

Title

First

Last

Invitational

Rating*

Qualification Method

1

GM

Irina

Krush

2474

Rating

2

IM

Anna

Zatonskih

2428

Rating

3

FM

Ashritha

Eswaran

2389

Rating

4

IM

Nazi

Paikidze

2378

Rating

5

WGM

Begim

Tokhirjonova

2374

Rating

6

WGM

Tatev

Abrahamyan

2366

Rating

7

 WGM

Jennifer

Yu

2335

2022 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship

8

FM

Alice

Lee

2334

Rating

9

FM

Ruiyang

Yan

2307

Rating

10

WGM

Sabina

Foisor

2263

Rating

11

 WGM

Thalia

Cervantes

2288

Rating

12

WIM

Megan

Lee

2288

Rating

13

WIM

Rochelle

Wu

2280

Rating

14

WFM

Sophie

Morris-Suzuki

2153

Wildcard

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

About the Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is 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 chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those 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.

Contacts

Rebecca Buffington

(314) 277-3930

rbuffington@saintlouichessclub.org