|US Championships Kick Off with Red Carpet Ceremony|
|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 uschesschamps.com or the Internet Chess Club. Also follow the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on twitter at http://twitter.com/CCSCSL/ for up-to-the-minute updates by IM Greg Shahade.