2013 U.S. Championship Overview

The 2013 U.S. Championship is the most prestigious event in the United States, and will feature 24 of the country's strongest competitors. It will be held concurrently with the 2013 U.S. Women's Championship at the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, from May 2nd to May 13th.

There is more than just pride on the line. These challengers will be vying for the title of U.S. Champion and a top prize of $30,000. If one lucky competitor is able to reproduce Bobby Fischer's 1963-64 U.S. Championship performance of winning every game, they earn a bonus prize of $64,000. The top five players will also qualify to play in the World Championship cycle.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will host the U.S. Championship. In honor of this five-year anniversary, the 2013 U.S. Championship will be a 24-player Swiss, the same format that was featured the first time the CCSCSL hosted the Championship in 2009.

Meet the Field

No. Title Name Rating* Invitation Method
1. GM Gata Kamsky 2741 Rating
2. GM Timur Gareev 2674 Rating
3. GM Alex Onischuk 2666 Rating
4. GM Ray Robson 2620 Rating
5. GM Varuzhan Akobian
2616 Rating
6. GM Sam Shankland
2612 Rating
7. GM Robert Hess
2595 Rating
8. GM Gregory Kaidanov 2593 Rating
9. GM Larry Christiansen
2579 Rating
10. GM Yury Shulman
2570 Rating
11. GM Alexander Stripunsky
2570 Rating
12. GM Alejandro Ramirez
2551 Rating
13. GM Alexander Shabalov 2544 Rating
14. GM Marc Arnold 2538 U.S. Junior Champion
15. GM Joel Benjamin
2534 Rating
16. GM Aleksandr Ivanov
2529 U.S. Senior Champion
17. GM Melikset Khachiyan
2518 Wildcard
18. GM Conrad Holt
2513 Wildcard
19. GM Ben Finegold
2505 Wildcard
20. FM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun
2463 Rating
21. IM-elect Yaacov Norowitz
2451 Rating
22. FM John Bryant 2442 U.S. Open Champion
23. IM Kayden Troff 2421 Wildcard
24. IM-elect Sam Sevian 2371 Wildcard

* Based on the May FIDE ratings list.


Day Date Time Event
Thursday May 2nd 6:00 PM Community Day, Opening Ceremony
Friday May 3rd 1:00 PM Round 1
Saturday May 4th 1:00 PM Round 2
Sunday May 5th 1:00 PM Round 3
Monday May 6th 1:00 PM Round 4
Tuesday May 7th 1:00 PM Round 5
Wednesday May 8th   Rest Day
Thursday May 9th 1:00 PM Round 6
Friday May 10th 1:00 PM Round 7
Saturday May 11th 1:00 PM Round 8
Sunday May 12th 1:00 PM Round 9
Monday May 13th 12:00 PM, 6:30 PM Play Off, Closing Ceremony



Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize
1st $30,000 7th $9,000 13th $4,500 19th $3,000
2nd $20,000 8th $8,000 14th $4,000 20th $2,800
3rd $17,000 9th $7,000 15th $3,800 21st $2,600
4th $14,000 10th $6,000 16th $3,600 22nd $2,400
5th $11,000 11th $5,500 17th $3,400 23rd $2,200
6th $10,000 12th $5,000 18th $3,200 24th $2,000
Total: $180,000


Meet the Arbiters

Franc Guadalupe, NTD, IAChief Arbiter: Franc Guadalupe, IA, NTD

Francisco (Franc) Guadalupe is a FIDE International Arbiter and USCF National Tournament Director. His experience is quite extensive in both scholastic and adult events. In the last few years, Franc has been the Chief TD for more National events than any other tournament director in the country.

He was the Chief TD for the 2006 US Junior Open, US Cadet and US Junior Championships; the 2008, 2009 and 2010 All Girls Nationals; the 2006 and 2007 National Grades (K-12) Championships; the 2006 Collegiate Final Four Championship; the 2008 National Youth Action; the 2008 National Junior High Championship; the 2010 National Elementary Championship; and in 2009 and 2013, he was the Chief TD of the premier scholastic event in the country, SuperNationals IV.

His experience at the National level in adult tournaments is also quite extensive: He was the Chief TD of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 US Class Championships; the 2008 Pan American Class Championships; and has also worked at several US Opens. He was also selected to be the Chief TD for the 2010 US Open. Franc was the Chief Arbiter of the 2008 WC Olympiad Selection for Nigeria, Zone 2. He served as the Assistant Arbiter for the 2006 US Championship in San Diego.

Franc is a member of the USCF Scholastic Committee and the Tournament Director Certification Committee. In 2009, he received the USCF Tournament Director of the Year award.

Franc is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico and has a business degree from St. Leo University. He spent over 23 years in the U.S. Army and his wife Bonnie also served for 12 years. They have six children, the youngest two in college. One of his sons, Francisco II, is a chess master at University of Texas at Dallas where he studies Electrical Engineering. Franc’s son Jonathan is a combat medic serving a tour in Afghanistan. The Guadalupes reside in one of the suburbs of Houston, Texas.

Assistant Arbiter: Tony Rich, FA, IO, STD

Tony Rich is a FIDE Arbiter and International Organizer as well as a USCF Senior Tournament Director. Rich serves as the Executive Director of the Chess Club and Schoalstic Center of Saint Louis and was the assistant arbiter for the 2010 U.S. Championship. He has also been an assistant tournament director for the 2009 Supernationals, 2010 U.S. Open, 2010 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, 2010 Girls Junior Open 2010 College Tournament of Champions, and 2013 SuperNationals. 

In addition, he is one of only 22 FIDE International Organizers in America. In this role he has successfully organized major events including four U.S. Championships, four U.S. Women’s Championships, three U.S. Junior Closed Championships, international matches and a variety of other high-level tournaments. In both 2009 and 2010 Rich was named the U.S. Chess Federation's "Organizer of the Year" and was on the Barber Tournament of State K-8 Champions and the Denker Tournament of High School Champions organizing committees in 2011.

Tony has traveled extensively since 2008, serving as the head of delegation for the American teams at various events, including FIDE Olympiads, World Team Championships and the Pan American Team Championship. He is a member of the FIDE Swiss Pairing Program Commission, the FIDE Social Chess Commission and the USCF International Relations Committee. In addition, Tony also serves as an adjunct professor in the department of elementary education at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis.

 Tony is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri and has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Missouri University of Science & Technology. He spent a number of years working in the IT industry before spearheading the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.