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Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Legends and Rising Stars of American Chess during 2024 U.S. Senior, Junior and Junior Girls’ Championships

U.S. Junior Junior Girls and Senior Champinship

Saint Louis Chess Club to host prestigious tournaments featuring top American chess talents across generations


SAINT LOUIS, July 3, 2024 - Top American junior and senior chess players will return to America’s Chess Capital in Saint Louis to compete in the 2024 U.S. Senior, Junior and Junior Girls’ Championships. Hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club at the World Chess Hall of Fame from July 16-26, the top 10 players across three divisions - juniors, junior girls, and seniors, will compete for more than $135,000 in prizes - the largest purse of all time for these events.


"We are excited to once again kick off this summer’s national championships by bringing together the top chess players from across the United States," said Tony Rich, Technical Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. "The U.S. Junior, U.S. Junior Girls’ and U.S. Senior Championships are one of our favorite trio of events we host because you can see a spectacular demonstration of chess from both proven legends of the sport and tomorrow’s superstars."


The three 10-player fields will tie together chess past and future for a celebration of the best of chess.


U.S. Junior Championship


The U.S. Junior Championship will feature a field of new and returning prodigies. Headlining players include 2022 U.S. Junior Champion Grandmaster (GM) Christopher Yoo, as well as teenage GMs Andrew Hong and Arthur Guo, and International Master (IM) Andy Woodward who at just 14 years of age has completed the requirements to become a GM and should have that title confirmed soon.


With five of the players currently ranked within the top 50 juniors in the world, this year's U.S. Junior Championship will feature some of the most talented and brightest young minds in the game.


Along with winning the title, players will be competing to win a piece of the more than $40,000 prize fund and the coveted invitation to the U.S. Championship later this year.

Name Qualification Method Invitational Rating Hometown
GM Christopher Yoo (17 yo) Rating 2679 Dublin, CA
GM Andrew Hong (19 yo) Rating 2642 Saratoga, CA
GM Arthur Guo (17 yo) 2023 Denker Champion 2611 Alpharetta, GA
IM Justin Wang (18 yo) Rating 2602 Katy, TX
IM Andy Woodward (14 yo) Rating 2600 McKinney, TX
GM Balaji Daggupati (18 yo) Rating 2576 San Ramon, CA
IM Jason Wang (17 yo) Rating 2570 Potsdam, NY
IM Jason Liang (16 yo) Rating 2563 Potsdam, NY
IM Brewington Hardaway (14 yo) Wildcard 2524 Bronx, NY
NM Nicholas Ladan (19 yo) U.S. Junior Open Champion 2327 Chicago, IL

U.S. Junior Girls’ Championship


The future of women’s chess in America is bright and will be on full display during the U.S. Junior Girls’ Championship.


This tournament features one of America’s most promising rising stars International Master (IM) Alice Lee, who is the youngest female player in American history to earn the title of IM and the returning U.S. Junior Girls’ Champion. Lee is expected to face tough competition in returning FIDE Masters (FMs) Zoey Tang and Rose Atwell, both ranked within the top 30 girls in the world, as well as young rising star, Woman's FIDE Master (WFM) Megan Paragua, who at 11 years old is the youngest player in this year's events.


Along with winning the title, players will be up for the chance to win a piece of the more than $20,000 prize fund and an invitation to the U.S. Women’s Championship to be held later this year.

Name Qualification Method Invitational Rating Hometown
IM Alice Lee (14 yo) 2023 U.S. Junior Girls’ Champion 2435 North Oaks, MN
FM Zoey Tang (15 yo) Rating 2358 Portland, OR
WIM Iris Mou (14 yo) Rating 2314 New York, NY
FM Rose Atwell (14 yo) Rating 2282 Valencia, CA
WFM Rachael Li (13 yo) Rating 2288 Plano, TX
NM Jasmine Su (13 yo) Rating 2241 Darian, CT
WFM Yassamin Ehsani (19 yo) Rating 2227 New York, NY
WFM Megan Paragua (11 yo) Rating 2203 Elmhurst, NY
WIM Omya Vidyarthi (13 yo) Rating 2183 Campbell, CA
WFM Chloe Gaw (14 yo) Wildcard 2159 New York, NY

U.S. Senior Championship


Created by the Saint Louis Chess Club six years ago, the U.S. Senior Championship will again be held alongside the country’s junior national chess championships, where they will compete for a $75,000 prize fund. The 2024 field boasts legendary chess players, including every winner of the tournament since its inception including GM Melik Khachiyan (2023), GM Alex Shabalov (2019, 2022), GM Gregory Kaidanov (2021) and GM Joel Benjamin (2020).

Name Qualification Method Invitational Rating Hometown
GM Vladimir Akopian Rating 2628 Glendale, CA
GM Gregory Kaidanov Rating 2592 Lexington, KY
GM Larry Christiansen Rating 2585 Cambridge, MA
GM Melik Khachiyan 2023 U.S. Senior Champion 2479 Glendale, CA
GM Jesse Kraai U.S. Senior Open Champion 2419 Berkeley, CA
GM Joel Benjamin Rating 2536 Waldwick, NJ
GM Igor Novikov Rating 2531 Lexington, KY
GM Alex Shabalov Rating 2502 Pittsburgh, PA
IM Douglas Root Rating 2487 Denton, TX
GM Julio Becerra Wildcard 2462 Miami, FL

The expert commentary team of GM’s Yasser Seirawan and Cristian Chirila and IM Nazi Paikidze will call the action live and provide game analysis daily online starting at 1:20 p.m. CT on and on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s YouTube and channels.


For spectators in Saint Louis, follow the tournaments round by round with our Grandmaster in Residence Benjamin Bok as he analyzes the games of this exciting round robin format from 4pm to 6pm daily. Live commentary is open to all members and guests and includes complimentary snacks and beverages.


In addition, the tournament games on July 20 will be counted as part of a global Guiness World Record Attempt by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for the most chess games played in a 24-hour period. The world record attempt is being held in celebration of International Chess Day and FIDE’s 100th anniversary. For more information, visit