During play on Friday, Rex Sinquefield announced that he was extending the $64,000 Fischer Bonus Prize to the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship. Sabina Foisor and Irina Krush each remained perfect after two rounds of play.
A win by 13-year-old Ashritha Eswaran in her first-ever U.S. Women's Championship was the highlight of round 1 of the 2014 U.S. Championships. GMs Ray Robson and Alex Lenderman also emerged victorious.
On the eve of hosting the most prestigious chess tournaments in the nation, St. Louis received national recognition from the United States Senate, which passed an official resolution late Monday night naming St. Louis the National Chess Capital.
The fields are set for both the 2014 U.S. Championship and 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, scheduled to be held simultaneously May 7 through May 20 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).