2017 U.S. Championships

U.S. & U.S. Women’s Championship Fields Set for Battle in Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (March 13, 2017) – For the ninth consecutive year, the nation’s top 24 chess players will gather in Saint Louis to compete for the titles of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion. The 2017 U.S. Chess and U.S. Women’s Championships will be held simultaneously at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) from March 28 through April 10.

U.S. Championships Preview: The Beginning of a New Era

The U.S. Championship will take place between March 27 and April 11, 2017. It is not easy to predict who will be crowned the Champions.

GM Hikaru Nakamura

New York, NY
Chess Highlights: 
Hikaru won the U.S. Championship four times, and he has won the Gibraltar Chess festival for the past three years. GM Nakamura is currently the sixth highest rated player in world, and the third highest rated player in the U.S. with a FIDE rating of 2793 (URS 2785).

A child prodigy in every sense of the word, Nakamura made a fast impact on U.S. chess by knocking down nearly every age record on his way to the top. He was at one time the youngest American master in history (10 years, 79 days), the youngest American international master (13 years, 2 months) and eventually the youngest American Grandmaster (15 years, 79 days). This broke Fischer’s record by three months.

Nakamura has collected numerous titles and championships since the age of 13, when he first arrived onto the national scene by becoming the 2001 U.S. Junior Champion. He quickly confirmed his place as one of chess’ great elites, shocking the world with a sweet sixteen appearance in the 2004 FIDE World Cup.  His accomplishments do not end there. Among them, he was awarded the prestigious Samford Chess Fellowship. His honors include becoming the 2007 National Open champion and three time winner of the North American Open. He was an individual bronze medalist in the 2006 and 2008 World Olympiad, as well as the gold medalist on the first board of the 2010 World Team Championship, where the United States placed second.

Ever since FIDE began publishing Blitz ratings, Nakamura has graced the top of the list, demonstrating his skill and speed. Nakamura won bronze at the FIDE World Blitz Championship in June 2014.  Nakamura had another excellent year in 2015,he won the Gibraltar Chess Masters tournament,  captured his fourth U.S. Championship, won the top prize at the Millionaire Chess Open,  and propelled his FIDE rating in classical time controls to a career high of 2814.  In 2016, he repeated first place finishes at the Gibraltar Chess Festival and the Zurich Chess Challenge, and also played for the U.S team that won the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Earlier this year the esteemed American Grandmaster won the Gibraltar Chess Festival for the third consecutive year.

Franc Guadalupe

Franc GuadalupeFranc Guadalupe, IA, NTD
Chief Arbiter - U.S. Championship
International Arbiter (2011)
International Organizer (2012)
National Tournament Director

Carol Jarecki

Carol JareckiCarol Jarecki, IA, NTD
Chief Arbiter - U.S. Women's Championship
International Arbiter (1984)
National Tournament Director


Format Summary

The 2017 U.S. Championship and 2017 U.S. Women's Championship shall each be 12-player Round Robin tournaments.

International Arbiter Franc Guadalupe

Meet the Commentators & Arbiters

Live Broadcast Commentators

GM Yasser SeirawanGM Yasser Seirawan
2677 (USCF) | 2620 (FIDE)
4-time U.S. Champion

Few names in U.S. Chess are more recognizable than Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan. A four-time U.S. Champion and former World Championship contender, Seirawan was the dominant force in American chess in the 1980s.

2017 U.S. Women's Championship

2017 women's championship logo

The 2017 U.S. Women's Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest female chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $100,000 in prize money, qualification into the Women's World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2017 U.S. Women's Champion.


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