US Championships Kick Off with Red Carpet Ceremony
By CLO   
May 14, 2010
Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, Photo Betsy Dynako for the CCSCSL

The US Chess Championship pairings were drawn tonight at the Old Post Office Plaza. The red carpet ceremony featured a screening of the documentary based on the 2009 Championship, Changing of the Guard. Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis founder Rex Sinquefield and Mayor Slay were among the speakers, while Aloha Mischeaux sang the national anthem.
GM Aleksandr Lenderman, IM Sam Shankland, GM Ray Robson and GM Josh Friedel, Photo Betsy Dynako for CCSCSL 

Defending champion and new Saint Louis resident Hikaru Nakamura selected from two envelopes, one with a Black card, and one with a white card to determine his color for the first round. He chose Black, setting the rest of the pairings. 

2010 US Chess Championships Round 1 Pairings

Board 1:  GM Alexander Stripunsky v.  GM Hikaru Nakamura

Board 2: GM Gata Kamsky v.  GM Ray Robson

Board 3:  GM Joel Benjamin  v. GM Alexander Onischuk

Board 4: GM Yury Shulman v.   GM Vinay Bhat

Board 5:   GM Ben Finegold  v.  GM Varuzhan Akobian

Board 6:   GM Aleksandr Lenderman v.  GM Melikset Khachiyan

Board 7:   GM Alex Yermolinsky v.  GM Jaan Ehlvest

Board 8: GM Robert Hess v.  IM Sam Shankland

Board 9:  GM Jesse Kraai  v.   GM Alexander Shabalov

Board 10:   GM Larry Christiansen v.   GM Dmitry Gurevich


GM Larry Christiansen and GM Dmitry Gurevich, Photo Betsy Dynako for CCSCSL 

Board 11  IM Irina Krush   v. GM Gregory Kaidanov


IM Irina Krush and GM Gregory Kaidanov, Photo Betsy Dynako for CCSCSL 

Board 12:  GM Sergey Kudrin  v.  IM Levon Altounian



GM Maurice Ashley and CCSCSL founder Rex Sinquefield, Photo Betsy Dynako for CCSCSL

Follow the US Chess Championships live broadcast featuring GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade on or the Internet Chess Club. Also follow the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on twitter at for up-to-the-minute updates by IM Greg Shahade.