Legends and rising stars

Saint Louis Chess Club press release

This summer, the Saint Louis Chess Club will host three national championships featuring the top senior, junior and female American chess players. From July 6-16, 2022, St. Louis, America’s Chess Capital, will host the top 10 Juniors, Girls’ and Seniors of the 2022 US Junior, US Girls’ Junior and US Senior Invitational Chess Championships. The tournaments offer over $130,000 in prizes.

“We are thrilled to once again kick off the National Championships this summer bringing together the best chess players from across the United States,” said Executive Director Tony Rich. “For the past 13 years, we have been proud to annually host the future of chess with the US Junior and US Junior Women’s Championships and for the fourth year in a row we will showcase the legends of chess with the US Senior Championship. “

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

American Junior Championship

The U.S. Junior Championship will feature a group of new and returning young prodigies. 2021 GM USA Junior Champion Hans Niemann will not return to reclaim his title.

Headliners include two-time U.S. Junior Champion GM Awonder Liang, GM Brandon Jacobson, GM Christopher Yoo and GM Abhimanyu Mishra, whose talent and determination put them among the brightest young minds in the game. , the wildcard player will be three-time United States Junior Champion IM Carissa Yip.

Along with winning the title, players will compete to win a portion of the over $20,000 prize and an invite to the US Championship later this year. The winner of the US Junior Championship will receive a $6,000 scholarship, jointly supported by US Chess and Dewain Barber.


Rank Last name M/F Evaluation
1 GM Liang, Wonderful M 2705 ​​*
2 General Manager Jacobson, Brandon M 2627 *
3 IM Yoo, Christopher Woojin M 2626 *
4 GM Hong, Andrew M 2610 *
5 GM Mishra, Abhimanyu M 2607 *
6 IM Brodsky, David M 2584 *
seven IM Wang, Justin M 2565 *
8 IM Daggupati, Balaji M 2525 *
9 Espinosa, Pedro M 2222 *
ten IM Yip, Carissa F 2514 *

*USCF Rankings

Marvel Liang | Photo: Crystal Fuller

U.S. Junior Women’s Championship

The future of women’s chess in America is bright and will be on full display at the US Junior Women’s Championship. This tournament features a group of rising stars, while 2021 United States Junior IM Champion Annie Wang will not return to reclaim her title.

Headlining players returning to competition this year include WGM Jennifer Yu, WGM Thalia Cervantes and WIM Alice Lee, each considered one of America’s finest female and male chess players.

In addition to winning the title, players will have the chance to win a portion of the over $10,000 prize and an invite to the US Women’s Championship later this year. Additionally, the winner of the US Junior Women’s Championship will receive a $6,000 scholarship, jointly supported by US Chess and Dewain Barber.


Rank Last name M/F Evaluation
1 FM Yu, Jennifer F 2388 *
2 FM Cervantes Landeiro, Thalia F 2355 *
3 FM Lee, Alice F 2347 *
4 FM Yan, Ruiyang F 2344 *
5 FM Wu, La Rochelle F 2319 *
6 WFM Morris-Suzuki, Sophie F 2250 *
seven WFM Tang, Zoey F 2232 *
8 WIM Wang, Ellen F 2213 *
9 WFM Prasanna, Gracy F 2210 *
ten WFM Veléa, Anne-Marie F 2201 *

*USCF Rankings

Jennifer Yu

Jennifer Yu | Photo: Austin Fuller

American Senior Championship

For the fourth year in a row, the US Senior Championship will run alongside other national chess championships across the country.

The 2022 platoon features legendary chess players, including four American Chess Hall of Fame inductees: Grandmasters Gregory Kaidanov, 2021 Senior US Champion, Joel Benjamin, 2020 Senior US Champion, Alex Shabalov, Senior Champion American 2019, Larry Christiansen, Igor Novikov, and joker Nick Di Firmian.


Rank Last name M/F Evaluation
1 GM Akopian, Vladimir M 2672 *
2 GM Christiansen, Larry M 2601 *
3 GM Kaidanov, Gregory M 2600 *
4 GM Novikov, Igor M 2587 *
5 GM Shabalov, Alexander M 2558 *
6 GM Dlugy, Maxim M 2549 *
seven GM Benjamin, Joel M 2534 *
8 IM Khmelnitsky, Igor M 2470 *
9 GM Gurevich, Dmitry M 2417 *
ten GM De Firmian, Nick M 2506 *

*USCF Rankings

Gregory Kaidanov

Defending champion Gregory Kaidanov | Photo: Lennart Ootes

GM’s expert commentary team Yasser Seirawan, Alejandro Ramirez and Cristian Chirila will call the action live. The team will provide in-game analysis daily from July 6 through July 16 online starting at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Fans can follow all the action live at www.uschesschamps.com and on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube and Twitch.tv channels.


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