2024 U.S. National Championships Overview

2024 U.S. National Championships

The Saint Louis Chess Club is proud to again host the U.S. Senior Championship, U.S. Junior Championship, and U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. All three tournaments are by invitation-only to showcase America's past and upcoming chess phenoms.


The expert commentary team of GM's Yasser Seirawan and Cristian Chirila and IM Nazi Paikidze will call the action live and provide game analysis daily online starting at 1:20 p.m. CT on the Saint Louis Chess Club's YouTube and Twitch.tv channels.


For spectators in Saint Louis, follow the tournaments round by round with our Grandmaster in Residence Benjamin Bok as he analyzes the games of this exciting round robin format from 4pm to 6pm daily. Live commentary is open to all members and guests and includes complimentary snacks and beverages.

DATES July 16 - 26, 2024
LOCATION World Chess Hall of Fame
FORMAT 10-Player Round Robins
PRIZE FUND $135,600
GM Irina Krush and IM Anna Zatonskih at the 2023 Cairns Cup.
IM Alice Lee and FM Rose Atwell at the 2023 Cairns Cup
Tuesday 7/16/24 1:00 PM Round 1
Wednesday 7/17/24 1:00 PM Round 2
Thursday 7/18/24 1:00 PM Round 3
Friday 7/19/24 1:00 PM Round 4
Saturday 7/20/24 1:00 PM Round 5
Sunday 7/21/24 All Day Rest Day
12:00 PM FIDE Clash for the Crown Lecture by John Donaldson at the WCHOF
Monday 7/22/24 1:00 PM Round 6
Tuesday 7/23/24 1:00 PM Round 7
Wednesday 7/24/24 1:00 PM Round 8
Thursday 7/25/24 1:00 PM Round 9
Friday 7/26/24 1:00 PM Playoff
A moment of anticipation as Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield marks the start of Round 1 at the 2023 Cairns Cup.
2023 U.S. National Championships