2021 U.S. Junior Championship

Dates July 15 - 26, 2021
Location Saint Louis Chess Club
Format 10-Player Round Robin
Prize Fund $20,600

For the tenth consecutive year, the Saint Louis Chess Club will host the Junior Championship, the premier, invitation-only tournament in the country for the nation's top rising stars.

This event showcases the top students in the country and serves as the perfect example for two of our important goals: Promoting chess at the scholastic level and supporting chess at the top level by providing a professional environment for the country's top tournaments.

In addition to the prize fund, the sole first place winner of the Junior Championship will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship to be used at the institution of his or her choice. The scholarship is generously jointly funded by the Dewain Barber Foundation and US Chess.

Day Date Time* Event
Thursday July 15 5:00 PM Players Meeting
6:00 PM Private Opening Ceremony
Friday July 16 3:00 PM Round 1
Saturday July 17 3:00 PM Round 2
Sunday July 18 3:00 PM Round 3
Monday July 19 3:00 PM Round 4
Tuesday July 20 3:00 PM Round 5
Wednesday July 21 Rest Day
Thursday July 22 3:00 PM Round 6
Friday July 23 3:00 PM Round 7
Saturday July 24 3:00 PM Round 8
Sunday July 25 3:00 PM Round 9
Monday July 26 3:00 PM Playoff (if necessary)
6:00 PM Private Closing Ceremony

* All times listed are Central Time*

Junior Championship Prize Fund

Place Prize Place Prize
1st $6,000 6th $1,200
2nd $4,000 7th $1,000
3rd $3,000 8th $800
4th $2,000 9th $600
5th $1,500 10th $500
Total Prize Fund: $20,600