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Saint Louis Chess Club to Host Legends and Rising Stars of American Chess

SAINT LOUIS - June 29, 2023 - Top American junior and senior chess players will return to Saint Louis for the 2023 U.S. Senior, Junior, and Girls’ Junior Championships hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club. From July 15-25, 2023, the top 10 players across three divisions - juniors, girls, and seniors, will travel to compete for more than $130,000 in prizes.


“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, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “We’re proud to again host the future of chess with the U.S. Junior, U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Senior Championships.”


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 last year’s U.S. Junior Champion GM Christopher Yoo, as well as GM Brandon Jacobson and GM Abhimanyu Mishra, the youngest player to become a Grandmaster in the history of the game at the age of 12.


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


Along with winning the title, players will be competing to win a piece of the more than $20,000 prize fund and the coveted invitation to the U.S. Championship later this year. Thanks to the generosity of the Sue & Dewain Barber Foundation and US Chess, the winner of the U.S. Junior Championship will also be awarded a $10,000 scholarship to the university of their choice. 


2023 U.S. Junior Championship Field


Qualification Method 

Invitational Rating


GM Christopher Yoo

2022 U.S. Junior Championship


Dublin, CA

GM Brandon Jacobson



Westfield, NJ

GM Abhimanyu Mishra



Englishtown, NJ

IM Jason Liang



Potsdam, NY

GM Andrew Hong



Saratoga, CA

GM Balaji Daggupati



San Ramon, CA

IM Justin Wang



Katy, TX

IM Arthur Guo

2022 Denker Tournament of High School Champions


Alpharetta, GA

IM Josiah Stearman



Martinez, CA

FM Arthur Xu

2022 U.S. Junior Open Championship


Naperville, IL



U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship


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


This tournament features a field of rising stars, including FM Alice Lee, who recently qualified for the international master title (pending FIDE approval) at just age 13, becoming the youngest female player in American history to earn the title. In addition, IM Carissa Yip headlines the field. Yip, a sophomore at Stanford, has already earned a place in chess history as she works toward becoming the seventh-youngest woman to reach grandmaster.

Along with winning the title, players will be up for the chance to win a piece of the more than $10,000 prize fund and an invitation to the U.S. Women’s Championship to be held later this year. Additionally, the winner of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship, jointly supported by US Chess and the Sue & Dewain Barber Foundation.


2023 U.S. Girls’ Championship Field


Qualification Method 

Invitational Rating


IM Carissa Yip



Andover, MA 

FM Alice Lee



North Oaks, MN

FM Ruiyang Yan

2022 Haring Tournament of Champions


Mountain View, CA

WGM Rochelle Wu



Woodland, CA

FM Zoey Tang



Portland, OR

WFM Iris Mou



New York, NY

NM Kelsey Liu



Wellesley, MA

WFM Gracy Prasanna



Nazareth, PA

NM Rose Atwell



Valencia, CA

WCM Shreyga Mangalam



South Barrington, IL



U.S. Senior Championship

The Saint Louis Chess Club created the U.S. Senior Champion five years ago, and for the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Senior Championship will be held alongside the country’s junior national chess championships, where they will compete for a $75,000 prize fund. The 2023 field boasts legendary chess players, including every winner of the tournament since its inception including GM Alex Shabalov (2019, 2022), GM Joel Benjamin (2020) and GM Gregory Kaidanov (2021). Many of the players are also U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductees: Grandmasters Gregory Kaidanov, Joel Benjamin and Alex Shabalov.


2023 U.S. Senior Championship Field


Qualification Method 

Invitational Rating


GM Vladimir Akopian



Glendale, CA

GM Gregory Kaidanov



Lexington, KY

GM Igor Novikov



Lexington, KY

GM Patrick Wolff



San Francisco, CA

GM Maxim Dlugy



Albrightsville, PA

GM Alex Shabalov

2022 U.S. Senior Champion


Pittsburgh, PA

GM Joel Benjamin



Waldwick, NJ 

IM Douglas Root

2022 Irwin Tournament of Champions


Denton, TX

GM Melikset Khachiyan



Glendale, CA 

GM Dmitry Gurevich

2022 U.S. Senior Open Champion


Chicago, IL



The expert commentary team of GM’s Yasser Seirawan, Katerina Nemcova and Cristian Chirila will call the action live. The team will be providing game analysis daily online starting at 1:20 p.m. CT.


Fans can watch all the action live on and on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s YouTube and channels. 


Saint Louis Chess Club Celebrates 15th Anniversary

During the tournament, the Saint Louis Chess Club will recognize its 15th Anniversary. Over the past 15 years, co-founders Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, alongside its staff and extended team, have impacted nearly every aspect of the game of chess. From establishing Saint Louis as the Chess Capital of the United States, to building the most elite tournament venue and hosting some of the most influential chess tournaments around the world, the Saint Louis Chess Club is among the leading chess organizations in the world. 


Outside of competitive chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is responsible for establishing extensive educational and scholastic programs - reaching over 80,000 students and spanning in-person, online after-school classes to help encourage participation in chess. 


In addition, the Saint Louis Chess Club first introduced the Chess Merit Badge in 2011. Since then, it has become one of the most popular badges in the Scouts BSA merit badge catalog, with more than 300,000 scouts earning their Chess Merit badge. The Saint Louis Chess Club designed workshops provide a dynamic program of learning and adventure that builds critical thinking, forward thinking, and proper sportsmanship in young people.


Further, the organization has also pioneered innovative community outreach programs ranging from C.H.E.S.S. Cops, a program that works to build relationships between kids and police, to the Corporate Chess League that provides a venue for business professionals to join competitive leagues to help strengthen their focus, encourage strategic thinking and creativity.



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