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So, Caruana and Aronian headline the US Chess Championship 2022 field; Niemann is the 8th seed

The 2022 U.S. Chess Championship will be held from 4-20 October simultaneously with the US Women’s Chess Championship 2022, and features 14 of the strongest chess players in America. Over the course of 13 rounds, these competitors will battle for $250,500 in prize money and the coveted title of 2022 U.S. Champion.

US Chess Champion 2021 Wesley So, World No 8 Levon Aronian, and World No 9 Fabiano Caruana will be the top seeds of the 2022 US Championship. The field includes 19-year-old Hans Niemann who has been in the limelight for the last couple of weeks and faces cheating allegations. (Find all news on Hans Niemann here)

U.S. Chess Championship 2022 – List of participants:

No.TitleNameInvitational Rating*Qualification Method
1GMFabiano Caruana2828Rating
2GMLevon Aronian2826Rating
3GMWesley So28132021 U.S. Champion
4GMLeinier Dominguez2793Rating
5GMSam Shankland2759Rating
6GMJeffery Xiong2737Rating
7GMSamuel Sevian2731Rating
8GMHans Niemann27272021 U.S. Junior Championship
9GMRay Robson2722Rating
10GMDariusz Swiercz2696Rating
11GMAleksandr Lenderman26342021 U.S. Open Championship
12GMChristopher Yoo25932022 U.S. Junior Championship
13GMElshan Moradiabadi25842022 U.S. Open Championship
14GMAwonder Liang2673Wildcard

Participating in the U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships has been considered one of the ultimate goals for elite chess players in this country,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “We are thrilled to announce the return of these two over the board events as well as the increase of both fields. These championships will once again be held in the Nation’s Chess Capital, with more than $400,000 in prizes.” 

US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer adds, “Our partners at the Saint Louis Chess Club always make competing in our premier events the exceptional experience our top players deserve. As new residents of Saint Louis ourselves, we at US Chess are excited to watch the Championships alongside local fans and chess enthusiasts from around the world.” 

The event will be played in 13 rounds, round-robin system, with time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds (increment) per move starting from move one. A “no draw” rule will be in effect throughout the Event, including any playoff games. 

US Chess Championship 2022 all information / US Chess Championship 2022 live games

Photo by Saint Louis Chess Club; The American Cup 2022

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