2021 U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships Fields Announced

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2021 U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships Fields Announced

The Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Nation’s Top Chess Talent Along with 2020 U.S. Chess and 2021 World Chess Hall of Fames Inductions

SAINT LOUIS, September 21, 2021 – The Saint Louis Chess Club (STLCC) is pleased to announce they will host America’s best chess players for the 2021 U.S. Chess Championship and 2021 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. The fields are confirmed and fans are sure to see some exciting battles over the board from October 5 - October 19, 2021.

Tuesday, October 5th will kick off the chess festivities with the Private Opening Ceremony for the 2021 U.S. Chess and U.S. Women's Chess Championships and the 2020 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield & Rex Sinquefield.

Rex Sinquefield, Missouri resident who was born in Saint Louis and co-founder of the STLCC responsible for the relocation of the World Chess Hall of Fame to Saint Louis, Missouri, and the rapid resurgence of American chess; and Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield, Missouri resident and co-founder of the STLCC, who spearheaded the launch of Scouts BSA chess merit badge and helped bring the benefits of chess to thousands of children in the Saint Louis metropolitan area and across the country.

The 2021 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships will conclude with a private closing ceremony and the 2021 World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions of Grandmasters Judit Polgar, Miguel Najdorf, and Eugene Torre.

Judit Polgar, who is universally considered to be the strongest woman chess player of all time and broke Bobby Fischer’s record as the world’s youngest grandmaster; Miguel Najdorf, whose name is associated with one of the most famous openings in chess, the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense, in addition to being one of the most successful performers in Chess Olympiad history; and Eugene Torre, a trailblazer for Asian chess for half a century, achieving a number of continental milestones including first grandmaster, first to defeat a reigning world champion, and first to reach the Candidates stage of the World Championship.

“Participating in the U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships has been considered one of the ultimate goals for elite chess players in this country,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “Although last year’s tournaments were held online we are thrilled to announce the return of these two over the board events that will once again be held in the Nation’s Chess Capital. The drama and excitement that is sure to unfold provides inspiration for chess players in the United States and worldwide. We look forward to hosting our nation’s chess championships for the 13th consecutive year and showcasing the best of our sport.”

"We are pleased that our premier events are returning to over-the-board play, and that they continue to be hosted by our partners at the Saint Louis Chess Club, who always make the experience an exceptional one for both players and fans, " said US Chess Executive Director, Carol Meyer.

The 2021 U.S. Championships will be streamed live daily starting at 1:00pm CT on www.uschesschamps.com, featuring play-by-play and analysis from the world-renowned commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and GM Christian Chirilla. Additional event information may be found at www.uschesschamps.com.

2021 U.S. Chess Championship Field
Title First Name Last Name Invitational Rating* Qualification Method
GM Fabiano Caruana 2855 Rating
GM Wesley So 2807 2020 U.S. Champion
GM Lenier Dominguez 2794 Rating
GM Jeffery Xiong 2748 Rating
GM Sam Shankland 2736 Rating
GM Ray Robson 2711 Rating
GM Dariusz Swiercz 2698 Rating
GM Sam Sevian 2692 Rating
GM Lazaro Bruzon 2686 Rating
GM Alex Lenderman 2668 U.S Chess Online Qualifier
(replaced US Open)
GM Daniel Naroditsky 2654 Wildcard
GM John Burke 2589 2020 U.S. Junior Champion


2021 U.S. Women's Chess Championship Field
Title First Name Last Name Invitational Rating* Qualification Method
GM Irina Krush 2475 2020 U.S. Women's Champion
IM Carissa Yip 2468 2020 US Girls’ Junior Champion
WGM Anna Zatonskih 2453 Rating
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 2403 Rating
WIM Nazi Paikidze 2386 Rating
WIM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova 2375 Rating
WIM Katerina Nemcova 2347 Rating
WGM Thalia Cervantes 2316 Rating
WGM Anna Sharevich 2296 Rating
WIM Sabina Foisor 2286 Rating
WIM Ashritha Eswaran 2286 Wildcard
WIM Megan Lee 2268 Wildcard

*Invitational ratings are calculated based on the September U.S. Chess rating supplement, with bonuses for being at or near peak rating and penalties for inactivity.*

About the Saint Louis Chess Club 

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit saintlouischessclub.org