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|Fields set for 2010 U.S. Women's and Junior Closed Champs|
|By Mike Wilmering|
|June 24, 2010|
Saint Louis completes the Triple Crown of chess championships next month when it plays host to the prestigious 2010 U.S. Women's Championship and the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, July 9-20.
Right on the heels of the 2010 U.S. Championship, which took place in Saint Louis last month, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis has organized yet another unique U.S. Championship tournament experience as it will host these two prominent events simultaneously. Each championship will be comprised of a 10-player field and will feature nine rounds of tournament play. Reigning U.S. Women's Champion Anna Zatonskih and current U.S. Junior Champ Ray Robson aim to defend their respective titles this year in Saint Louis against a strong field of contenders.
"Encouraging more women and juniors to play chess are both vital goals of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis," said Executive Director Tony Rich. "So we are very excited to host the tournaments simultaneously."
Grandmaster commentary will be provided by GM Ben Finegold and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Saint Louis resident and #1-ranked US player GM Hikaru Nakamura will also provide special commentary for two days yet to be determined.
The field for the 2010 U.S. Women's Championship is as follows:
The field for the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship is as follows:
The 2010 U.S. Women's Championship will feature a $65,000 prize fund, the largest prize fund in the history of the tournament. The breakdown is as follows:
The 2010 U.S. Junior Championship will also feature a record-breaking prize fund. The ten participants will fight for $10,300 in prizes and will also receive a laptop computer as a part of their prize. The breakdown is as follows:
Spectators are encouraged to come down to the club to enjoy the commentary and witness the action live. Games begin at 2 PM Local time (3 PM EST) each day. Live spectators need only to purchase a club membership, which is just $5/month for students or $12/month for adults. The live streaming coverage of grandmaster commentary and play-by-play can be followed online at www.uschesschamps.com.
Complete Schedule of Championship Events
Friday, July 9, 2010 - Arrival Day
6:00pm - Opening Ceremony, Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd
Saturday, July 10, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm - Round 1
Sunday, July 11, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm - Round 2
Monday, July 12, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm - Round 3
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm - Round 4
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm - Round 5
Thursday, July 15, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm - Round 6
Friday, July 16, 2010
Players' Rest Day
All-Day Activities Celebrating Two-year Anniversary of the CCSCSL
Saturday, July 17, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm - Round 7
Sunday, July 18, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm, Round 8
Monday, July 19, 2010
2:00pm - 8:00pm, Round 9
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
10:00am - 12:00pm - Possible Tie Breaker
12:00pm - 5:00pm - Community Day
7:00pm - 9:00pm - Closing Ceremony and Reception