Nation’s Top Chess Prodigies Head to Saint Louis for 2016 U.S. Junior Closed Championships

SAINT LOUIS, June 16, 2016 -- The nation’s elite junior chess players are coming back to Saint Louis, the nation’s Chess Capital, this summer as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) hosts the U.S. Junior Closed Championship July 7-18, 2016.

Saint Louis Invitational - Final Round Recap

The 2016 Saint Louis Invitational ended with the same fighting chess seen throughout the whole tournament. The final round found FM Gauri Shankar needing a win to secure another IM norm as he faced off against FM Kostya Kavutskiy. As for the grandmaster norm tournament, IM Steven Zierk wanted to avenge his eighth round loss and pull even with IM Akshat Chandra for a share of first place.

IM Zierk played with the White pieces against GM Ben Finegold in a mainline Caro-Kann. Pressing for an advantage, Zierk sacrificed on h6 cracking open black’s kingside.

Saint Louis Invitational - Round 8 Recap

As the 2016 Saint Louis Invitational winds to a close, the players with hopes of gaining their norms found difficulty in Round 8. Three players still had a chance to earn GM norms going into the round. IM Steven Zierk had the Black pieces against IM Ruifeng Li and needed to win to keep his chances alive.

Saint Louis Invitational - Round 5 Recap

The 2016 Saint Louis Invitational, featuring both a GM and IM norm 10-player round robin, is more than halfway finished. Norm seekers in both sections have traded blows with their opponents and resulted in a very tight standings list. Each field’s norm requirement sits at 6.5 total points and still a few have the chance, if they finish well, to earn their norm.

Saint Louis Invitational - Round 7 Recap

After round seven of the 2016 Saint Louis Invitational, three players are still in contention to earn a GM norm. IM Irene Sukandar, IM Akshat Chandra, and IM Steven Zierk all stand at 4.5 points with two rounds to go. That means each needs to win their final two games to achieve the norm. Round 7 saw IM Sukandar play against IM Zierk in a tactical battle. Sukandar with the white pieces was able to covert an exchange French after Zierk overestimated the strength of an advanced d-pawn.

Ultimate Blitz Challenge: The Results

Nakamura and So were leading the Ultimate Blitz Challenge going into the 2nd and final day of the event. See the final results here!

Ultimate Blitz Challenge Day 1

The 2016 U.S. Championship has ended but the chess festival in Saint Louis has one more surprise for the fans all over the world, the Ultimate Blitz Challenge!

Newcomers Take Top Honors at U.S. & U.S Women's Championship in Saint Louis

Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana and International Master Nazi Paikidze Win Prestigious Titles of U.S. and U.S. Women's Champions

Dramatic Finale At the 2016 U.S. & U.S. Women's Championships!

The 2016 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship will not only go down in the history books as the strongest event but also as arguably the one with the most dramatic finale.

Caruana Dodges the Bullet; Abrahamyan is One Game Away from the Title

Another exciting day in the capital of chess: Saint Louis! Round 10 was one filled with plenty of drama and turnarounds. In both the U.S Championships and the U.S. Women’s Championship, the leaders had to sweat quite heavily and go through nerve wracking situations in order to get positive results.