The American Cup, Double Elimination Knockout Tournament Hosted By The Saint Louis Chess Club from April 18 - April 29, 2022

SAINT LOUIS, March 8, 2022 - America’s best chess players will return to the Saint Louis Chess Club to battle over the board from April 18 - April 29, 2022 in a brand new and exciting tournament, The American Cup.  With $300,000 in prize money up for grabs, the competitors will prove their mettle under mounting pressure in this double-elimination knockout tournament. This format promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats as they follow their favorites to victory.

“The American Cup promises to be an exciting new event on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s annual tournament calendar,'' said Executive Director Tony Rich. “The American Cup will be a fast-paced tournament that’s sure to keep fans entertained until the very last round.”

The format will have two brackets composed of eight players each. The eight player field will compete against each other in knockout style. The double elimination format ensures a second shot at the top for any player who loses a match.

Players will be seeded into the The American Cup by rating, and the initial round will pair 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5. Players will play a 2-game classical match followed by rapid tiebreaks if needed. The winners advance in the Championship Bracket, while those who lose their match continue with rapid chess in the Elimination Bracket. Anyone who loses their match in the Elimination Bracket is then eliminated from the tournament.

Title First Name Last Name Invitational Rating
GM Levon Aronian 2785
GM Fabiano Caruana 2781
GM Wesley So 2778
GM Leinier Dominguez 2756
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2750
GM Sam Shankland 2704
GM Jeffery Xiong 2686
GM Sam Sevian 2684
Title First Name Last Name Invitational Rating
GM Irina Krush 2421
IM Anna Zatonskih 2405
IM Stavroula Tsolakidou 2359
FM Alice Lee 2348
WGM Katerina Nemcova 2335
WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova 2335
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 2311
FM Ruiyang Yan 2284


In addition to the American Cup knockout event the Saint Louis Chess Club will host The American Cup Blitz on Friday, April 29th, a side event featuring eliminated players and local collegiate players.

The rounds will be streamed live daily starting at 1:00pm CT on from April 18 - April 29 with expert commentary featuring GM’s Yasser Seirawan, Cristian Chirila and Alejandro Ramirez.

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