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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Shahade wins unusual chess blitz game

Hello everyone!

You don't want to miss this unusual chess blitz game, between Jennifer and Greg Shahade.

It's a unique US Chess Championship warmup battle. The action spans from May 13-25 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Follow it at!

It will be an awesome event you'll want to follow!

The 24 invited players include:

The defending U.S. Champion - GM Hikaru Nakamura

The winner of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship - GM Larry Christiansen

The winner of the 2009 U.S. Junior Championship - GM Ray Robson

The top five qualifiers from the 2009 U.S. Open Championship - GM Alex Lenderman, GMs Sergey Kudrin, Alex Yermolinsky, Dmitry Gurevich, and Jesse Kraai

The winner of the 2010 ICC State Champion of Champions - IM Levon Altounian

The top 11 U.S. players by rating of the United States Chess Federation:
GM Gata Kamsky
GM Alexander Onischuk
GM Varuzhan Akobian
GM Yury Shulman
GM Jaan Ehlvest
GM Alexander Shabalov
GM Gregory Kaidanov
GM Robert Hess
GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Ben Finegold
Four wildcard spots:
GM Alexander Stripunsky
GM Vinay Bhat
IM Sam Shankland
IM Irina Krush
2010 U.S. Championship

Calendar of Events


Thursday, May 13, 2010 – Arrival Day

3:00pm – All Players, Arbiters and Commentators need to be checked into the Chase Park Plaza or Choice Hotel

4:00pm – Players’ Meeting, Signing and Photo Shoot

6:00pm – Opening Ceremony, Chess at the Plaza Park

Opening Remarks and Program

Drawing of the Colors

Announce all the Rounds Pairing

Hors d'oeuvres and Cocktails


Friday, May 14, 2010 – Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Round 1

Saturday, May 15, 2010 - Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Round 2

Sunday, May 16, 2010 – Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Round 3

Monday, May 17, 2010 – Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Round 4

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Round 5

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 – Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Round 6

Thursday, May 20, 2010 – Public

2:00 – 8:00pm, Round 7


Friday, May 21, 2010

Players’ Rest Day

12:00pm - Human Chess Event on Maryland Avenue

2:00pm - Possible 4th Place Playoff


Saturday, May 22, 2010 – Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm, Round 8 of Swiss

Round 1 of Quad Finals

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm, Round 9 of Swiss

Round 2 of Quad Finals

Monday, May 24, 2010 – Public

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Round 3 of Quad Finals

8:00pm - Open Blitz Tournament – Chase Park Plaza Hotel, Khorassan Ballroom


Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – Public

10:00am – 12:00pm – Possible Tie Breaker

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Community Day, Saint Louis Science Center

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Closing Ceremony and Reception, Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Departure and Travel Day

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion



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