The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Championships 2017 kicks off March 28, 2017, in Saint Louis, Missouri. Moreover, this will be the ninth consecutive year when nation’s top 24 chess masters muster up in the BBQ sauce loving City to earn the national crown.
Both the 2017 U.S. Chess and U.S. Women’s Championships will be held simultaneously at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis from March 28 until April 10.
The U.S. Chess Championship:
The event will feature blockbuster clashes between world’s top players, which happen to top the nation as well like Grandmasters Wesley So (world No.2), Fabiano Caruana (No.3) and Hikaru Nakamura (No.6).
The Philipino in-take, Wesley So is the outright contender to dethrone reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen. So, is coming off the 2017 Tata Steel Chess Tournament victory which saw his career-best unbeaten streak stretch to 56 games. He will look fo forward to add few more wins in the event.
While the 2016 U.S champion, the Italian Stallion Fabiano Caruana who is known for his merciless playing style would love to keep the tag to himself.
Not to mention, the American favorite, four times US champion Hikaru Nakamura will be present too. Nakamura won the best open event in the world- Tradewise Gibraltar Open for the third time in February.
The U.S. Women’s Championship:
The reigning U.S. Women’s Champion WIM Nazi Paikidze (No, she ain’t friends with Hitler) who boycotted the Women’s World Championships 2017 in Iran will be in Saint Louis for some real action. Trying to take her down would be Seven-time U.S. Women’s Champion GM Irina Krush, who will strive to win back the US title from Paikidze.
Further, the Women’s Championship will once again feature young upcoming talents like 15-year-old WIM Jennifer Yu and 13-year-old Carissa Yip. ( No, my friend, u don’t stand a chance against them).
You can watch the event live at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis or online on uschesschamps.com.