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US Chess Championship 2009

The finals will take place in Saint Louis

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The US Chess Championship finals will take place in Saint Louis, May 7-17, 2009. It will be hosted by the Scholastic Center and Chess Club of St. Louis and will collect the top players of the country. Among the participants will be the top 12 American players by rating using the April rating list, the top two female players by rating, the U.S. Junior Closed Champion, the U.S. Open Champion, the 2009 U.S. State Champion of Champions,and a total of seven wild card spots. The tournament will be one of the strongest events in the USA and will feature $130,000 in prize money.

The championship will be a 9-round event, using the Swiss system with one round per day and a rest day between rounds 5 and 6. Time controls will be the classical 40 moves in two hours, with one hour allowed for all remaining moves.

“We’re really excited to have the top players in the country coming to the tournament,” said Jennifer Shahade, U.S. Championship committee chair and two-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion, for the official site.

Gata Kamsky, rated first on the U.S. Chess Federation’s overall rating list, second-ranked Hikaru Nakamura and third-ranked Alexander Onischuk have accepted invitations to the tournament. Here is the full list of participants and the condition under which they are playing in the US Chess Championship.

1. Kamsky, Gata 2720 (rating)

2. Nakamura, Hikaru 2701 (rating)

3. Onischuk, Alexander 2684 (rating)

4. Shulman, Yuri 2632 (defending U.S. Champion)

5. Akobian, Varuzhan 2612 (rating)

6. Becerra Rivero, Julio 2609 (rating)

7. Ehlvest, Jaan 2606 (rating)

8. Kaidanov, Gregory S 2595 (rating)

9. Christiansen, Larry M 2588 (rating)

10. Ibragimov, Ildar 2586 (rating)

11. Benjamin, Joel 2583 (rating)

12. Shabalov, Alexander 2569 (wildcard)

13. Gulko, Boris F 2561 (rating)

14. Khachiyan, Melikset 2546 (rating)

15. Sevillano, Enrico 2520 (U.S. Open Champion)

16. Friedel, Joshua E 2516 (wildcard)

17. Hess, Robert L 2485 (wildcard)

18. Robson, Ray 2465 (wildcard)

19. Brooks, Michael A 2463 (wildcard)

20. Zatonskih, Anna 2461 (female, rating)

21. Krush, Irina 2452 (female, rating)

22. Shankland, Samuel 2446 (US State Champion)

23. Lawton, Charles (wildcard)

24. Tyler Hughes 2230 (2008 U.S. Junior Champion)

A $64,000 bonus in memory of late chess champion Bobby Fischer and a jackpot bonus for a “clear” first-place winner have been added to the prizes being awarded at the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship. Any player who scores a 9-0 sweep will be awarded the Fischer Memorial Prize, a $64,000 bonus in addition to the first-place award. The prize is in remembrance of the late American world champion Bobby Fischer, who died last year at age 64. Fischer scored an 11-0 victory in the 1963-64 U.S. championship, the only perfect score in the event’s history.

Official site of the US championship

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