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Inaugural Clutch Chess Winner Takes Home $30,000 Grand Prize, & $10,000 total amount in Clutch Prizes

Four American Grandmasters Battled for a $100,000 Prize Fund During Online Tournament

SAINT LOUIS, MO. (May 29, 2020) – The Saint Louis Chess Club is thrilled to announce that Grandmaster Wesley So is the inaugural winner of Clutch Chess, a new online tournament that was created by Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club. As the grand prize winner, Wesley So has won a total of $40,000 during the tournament.

Clutch Chess, A New Online Tournament May 26-29

Top Four American Grandmasters Will Compete For A $100,000 Prize Fund

2020 U.S. Championships Postponement

U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship are Postponed

The premier events on the annual US Chess calendar will be held later in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns; Hall of Fame events also affected.


Indian Grandmaster Humpy Koneru Wins Second Annual Cairns Cup

Highest-Rated Women’s Tournament on American Soil Concludes with Hard-Fought Victory & $45,000 First Place Prize

Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Second Annual Cairns Cup from February 6-17, 2020

The Highest-Rated All-Female Tournament in Chess History to Feature Top 10 Female Players with $180,000 Prize Fund

Cairns Cup February 6-17

Americans Shine in the Champions Showdown Chess9LX Exhibition

SAINT LOUIS (September 6, 2019) – The second annual Champions Showdown Chess 9LX exhibition was held at the Saint Louis Chess Club from September 2-5. The exhibition featured four tremendous contests in Fischer Random chess spotlighting eight of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov and 2018 World Chess Championship contender Fabiano Caruana.

Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Champions Showdown Chess 9LX Exhibition matches feature eight chess champions including legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov and the top four U.S. players

SAINT LOUIS, August XX, 2019 – The Saint Louis Chess Club will bring eight of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov and 2018 World Chess Championship contender Fabiano Caruana, to play in the Champions Showdown this September 2-5. The matches will be played in Chess 960 style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $200,000 prize purse. The competition will include six rapid games and fourteen blitz games over the four days of play.

2019 U.S. Junior, U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Senior Champions Crowned in Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (July 22, 2019) – The national junior and senior chess championships have concluded in Saint Louis, the nation’s Chess Capital, with 16-year-old Awonder Liang taking home the U.S. Junior Championship, another 16-year-old, Carissa Yip, winning the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and U.S. Chess Hall-of-Famer Alex Shabalov beating out a field that included four other hall-of-famers to be crowned the first-ever U.S. Senior Champion.

Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Legends and Prodigies of American Chess in Upcoming National Championships

SAINT LOUIS (June 10, 2019) – This summer marks a hallmark first for Saint Louis, America’s Chess Capital, as the Saint Louis Chess Club will host national championships showcasing the best of American junior and senior chess. For the first time-ever, the U.S. Senior Championship - an invitation-only tournament for the top 10 players in the United States over 50 years old - will run simultaneously with the U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships from July 10-20, 2019.

2019 U.S. Chess Champions: Teenage Talent Wins U.S. Women’s Championship While Veteran Nakamura Claims Fifth U.S. Championship Title

SAINT LOUIS (April 2, 2019) – 24 of America’s best chess players gathered in Saint Louis, America’s Chess Capital, at the Saint Louis Chess Club for the 2019 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships held from March 18–April 1, 2019. 17-year-old Jennifer Yu was crowned 2019 U.S. Women’s Champion with a round to spare, finishing with an incredible 10/11 score. Hikaru Nakamura claimed the 2019 U.S. Chess Championship, his fifth national title, with a victory in the final round to finish a half point ahead of super Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez.


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