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The 2016 U.S. Women's Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest female chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $100,000 in prize money, qualification into the Women's World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2016 U.S. Women's Champion.

Dates April 13-30, 2016
Location Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
Format 12-Player Round Robin
Prize Fund $100,000
Commentators Learn about our live broadcast and audience commentators.
Spectators Click here to purchase tickets.
Date Time* Event
Wednesday, April 13 Player Arrival

6:30 PM Opening Ceremony
Thursday, April 14 1:00 PM Round 1
Friday, April 15 1:00 PM Round 2
Saturday, April 16 1:00 PM Round 3
Sunday, April 17 1:00 PM Round 4
Monday, April 18 1:00 PM Round 5
Tuesday, April 19
Rest Day
Wednesday, April 20 1:00 PM Round 6
Thursday, April 21 1:00 PM Round 7
Friday, April 22 1:00 PM Round 8
Saturday, April 23 1:00 PM Round 9
Sunday, April 24 1:00 PM Round 10
Monday, April 25 1:00 PM Round 11
Tuesday, April 26 1:00 PM Playoff (if necessary)

6:30 PM Closing Ceremony
Wednesday, April 27 Player Departure

* All times listed are CDT (GMT-6).

U.S. Women's Championships Prize Fund

Place Prize Place Prize
1st $25,000 7th $5,000
2nd $18,000 8th $4,000
3rd $13,000 9th $3,500
4th $10,000 10th $3,000
5th $8,000 11th $2,500
6th $6,000 12th $2,000
Total Prize Fund $100,000
In addition, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will sponsor the “$64,000 Fischer Bonus Prize”. Any player that finishes the U.S. Women's Championship field with a perfect 11-0 score shall be awarded an additional $64,000.

Live Spectator Accommodations

Tickets may be purchased to each individual round of the 2016 U.S. Championships, which includes unlimited access into the championship tournament hall, additional live Grandmaster-led commentary, and complimentary snacks and beverages. Annual members to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis receive free entry to each daily round. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ticket pricing:

Opening Ceremony (at the Jewel Box at Forest Park) $25
Closing Ceremony (at the Chase Park Plaza) $25
Individual Round Day Pass $10


The Club has special hotel rates with the following establishments. Please make sure to ask for the "chess rate" when making reservations.

Chase Park Plaza Hotel
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108

Chess rate: $159/night

Parkway Hotel
4550 Forest Park Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 256-7777

Chess rate: $97/night

Holiday Inn Express
4630 Lindell Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-4900

Chess rate: $84/night 

Hampton Inn & Suites
5650 Oakland Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63110
(314) 655-3994

Chess Rate: 10% off online through link.