2021 U.S. Women's Championship

The 2021 U.S. Women's Championship will return as a elite over the board 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 World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2021 U.S.  Women's Champion.

Tuesday, October 5th will kick off the chess festivities with the Private Opening Ceremony for the 2021 U.S. Chess and U.S. Women's Chess Championships and the 2020 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield & Rex Sinquefield.

The 2021 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships will conclude with a private closing ceremony and the 2021 World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of Grandmasters Judit Polgar, Miguel Najdorf, and Eugene Torre. Fans can watch the program online at uschesschamps.com

At A Glance
Dates October 5-19, 2021
Location Saint Louis Chess Club 
Format 12-Player Round Robin
Prize Fund $100,000


Date Time* Event
Tuesday, October 5 7:15 PM Program, Drawing of the Lots, and Inductions into the USCHOF
Watch Live Stream
Wednesday, October 6 1:00 PM Round 1
Thursday, October 7 1:00 PM Round 2
Friday, October 8 1:00 PM Round 3
Saturday, October 9 1:00 PM Round 4
Sunday, October 10
Rest Day
Monday, October 11 1:00 PM Round 5
Tuesday, October 12 1:00 PM Round 6
Wednesday, October 13 1:00 PM Round 7
Thursday, October 14 1:00 PM Round 8
Friday, October 15
Rest Day
Saturday, October 16 1:00 PM Round 9
Sunday, October 17 1:00 PM Round 10
Monday, October 18 1:00 PM Round 11
Tuesday, October 19 1:00 PM Playoff (if necessary)
7:00 PM  Awards Ceremony & Inductions into the WCHOF
Watch Live Stream

* All times listed are Central Time (GMT-5)

Place Prize Place Prize
1st $25,000 7th $5,000
2nd $18,000 8th $4,000
3rd $13,000 9th $3,500
4th $10,000 10th $3,000
5th $8,000 11th $2,500
6th $6,000 12th $2,000
Total Prize Fund $100,000
In addition, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will sponsor the “$64,000 Fischer Bonus Prize”. Any player that finishes the U.S. Championships field with a perfect 11-0 score shall be awarded an additional $64,000.