Saint Louis US Championships 2011

US Championships 2011 featuring Gata Kamsky are underway. Saint Louis is again the hosts in the sixteen-player event from the 15th to the 28th of April 2011.

The USA Championships have begun in St. Louis with a unusual format, which is new to 2011 and highly original.

The champion Gata Kamsky is the favorite this year in the absence of US No.1 Hikaru Nakamura.

The presence of 50-year-old Yasser Seirawan, who rarely plays these days, will add some spice to the pot.

  • There will be two eight player round robins in the 2011 U.S. Championship.
  • The top two from each section qualify for the knockout stage.
  • The semifinal and final matches will each consist of two games.

Round Robin 1:

The average Rating of this pool is 2578.75.

Round Robin 2:

Here the average rating is 2579.5.


Here is a summary of the events so far.

Round 1, Group A:

Round 2, Group A:

Points tally in Group A:

Round 1, Group B:

Round 2, Group B:

Points tally in Group B:

  • In the Women's US championship, Sabina Foisor has a perfect 2/2.

Here are a few general details, noting of course the relatively generous prize fund:

  • The time control will be 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for the remainder of the game. The players have additionally a 30 second increment from move one.
  • The Prize Fund is an impressive $166,000.

Plus $2,000 to the winner of each round robin.

Those who don't get to the Semi-finals won't go home empty handed either.

There will also be $5,000 for Best Game Prizes throughout both Championships.

  • Tiebreaks

There will be play-offs in the Semifinals and final. Two rapid games (25 mins + 5 second increment). If necessary the game will go to a rapid Armageddon game, where one player gets 45 minutes and the other less but a choice of colour.

The 2011 U.S. Women's Championship also has a new format. A preliminary round robin stage of eight players, with four qualifying for the knock-out stage. The semi-finals and finals will consist of two game matches. The Prize Fund.

Plus $1,000 to the winner, $600 for second place and $400 for third place in the round robin.

For more information:

To watch the game live:

  • The games in rounds 1 to 7 will be everyday from 2pm to 8pm (local time).
  • There is a seven hour difference between St. Louis and Paris.
    • So, 2pm (St. Louis) =
    • 8pm London
    • 9pm Paris, Madrid
    • 11pm Moscow



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