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For Immediate Release
U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship to be Held at the Saint Louis Chess Club
Tenth consecutive year for Saint Louis to host U.S.and U.S. Women’s Championships
SAINT LOUIS (January 8, 2018) – For the tenth consecutive year, the Saint Louis Chess Club will host the U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. Since the 2009 Championships, the Chess Club has awarded more than two million dollars in prize money, with an additional $294,000 on the line for this year’s 24 competitors.
When: April 18-30, 2018
Who: The 2018 U.S. Chess Championship will include the defending 2017 U.S. Champion - Grandmaster Wesley So, 2017 U.S. Junior Champion - Grandmaster Awonder Liang, and 2017 U.S. Open Champion - Grandmaster Alex Lenderman, along with one wildcard and 8 players who qualify based on their United States Chess Federation (USCF) rating. The 2018 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship will include defending 2017 U.S Women’s Champion - Woman Grandmaster Sabina Foisor, 2017 U.S. Girls’ Champion - Women’s International Master Akshita Gorti, two wildcards, and 8 players who qualify by USCF rating.
Where: Saint Louis Chess Club, 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108
Event Details: Information will be available at uschesschamps.com. Spectators will be able to enjoy world class commentary live at uschesschamps.com or by visiting the Saint Louis Chess Club located in the heart of the historic Central West End. Tickets will be $10/day and include access to watch games live in the tournament hall, as well as live commentary provided at Kingside Diner. Complimentary valet parking also provided for spectators and media.
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 www.saintlouischessclub.org.