U.S. Junior Closed Championship Begins Today

The 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championships begins today, and the marquee match-up features GM-elect Conrad Holt vs IM Darwin Yang. Read on to find out more!

Field, Prizes Increased for 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

IM Marc Arnold just secured his third GM norm at the World Open in Philadelphia and is considered to be one of the pre-tournament favorites.

The 2012 U.S. Junior Championship will feature a 16-player field and record-breaking prize fund of $18,000! The winner of the event will earn a ticket to the 2013 U.S. Championship.

Fantasy Chess Winners Announced

The winners for the the 2012 U.S. Championships Fantasy Chess promotion have been announced! Thanks to all who participated, and congrats to Toby Boas who narrowly edged out the competition on tiebreaks!

Live Coverage of Karpov vs. Seirawan

Don't miss the live commentary from WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Ben Finegold! The next round begins at 1 p.m. Central on June 11.

Krush Beats Zatonskih to Win U.S. Women's Championship

IM Irina Krush defeated IM Anna Zatonskih in a rapid playoff to clinch her fourth U.S. Women's Championship title. Krush won the first game handily, and took advantage of time-pressure blunder by Zatonskih to seal the victory.

Nakamura Clinches Third U.S. Championship Title

GM Hikaru Nakamura scored a huge victory in round 10 over GM Gata Kamsky, then bested GM Yasser Seirawan in the final round to seal the deal. IMs Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih both won as well to force a playoff.

Nakamura Beats Kamsky to Take Lead at U.S. Champs

Hikaru Nakamura was out for blood in round 10 of the U.S. Championships. His victory over reigning champion GM Gata Kamsky catapulted him into clear first with just one round to go.

Kamsky in Clear First; Zatonskih, Krush Still Even at U.S. Champs

Yasser Seirawan got all he could handle from Gata Kamsky who is now in sole possession of first place. In the U.S. Women's field, both Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih won to maintain a tie with one round to go.

Nakamura, Kamsky Win, Zatonskih and Krush Draw

GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky each won their respective games in round eight, while the blockbuster matchup between IMs Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih petered out into an uneventful draw.

Zatonskih, Kamsky Draw Even with Leaders in U.S. Champs

Gata Kamsky and Anna Zatonskih both scored victories to pull even with the front-runners in their respective fields. Zatonskih has her biggest test tomorrow when she faces tourney co-leader Irina Krush.