2021 U.S. Championship

The 2021 U.S. Championship will return as a elite over the board national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $194,000 in prize money, qualification into the World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2021 U.S. Champion.

At A Glance
Dates October 5-19, 2021
Location Saint Louis Chess Club 
Format 12-Player Round Robin
Prize Fund $194,000

 

Date Time* Event
Tuesday, October 5 6:00 PM Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, October 6 3:00 PM Round 1
Thursday, October 7 3:00 PM Round 2
Friday, October 8 3:00 PM Round 3
Saturday, October 9 3:00 PM Round 4
Sunday, October 10
Rest Day
Monday, October 11 3:00 PM Round 5
Tuesday, October 12 3:00 PM Round 6
Wednesday, October 13 3:00 PM Round 7
Thursday, October 14 3:00 PM Round 8
Friday, October 15
Rest Day
Saturday, October 16 3:00 PM Round 9
Sunday, October 17 3:00 PM Round 10
Monday, October 18 3:00 PM Round 11
Tuesday, October 19 3:00 PM Playoff (if necessary)
6:30 PM Closing Ceremony

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

PLACE PRIZE PLACE PRIZE
1st $50,000 7th $9,000
2nd $35,000 8th $8,000
3rd $25,000 9th $7,000
4th $20,000 10th $6,000
5th $15,000 11th $5,000
6th $10,000 12th $4,000
Total Prize Fund $194,000
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.