Animal Chess: U.S. Championships Open at the Saint Louis Zoo

The U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship opened on Monday, March 18th at the Saint Louis Zoo, coinciding with the US Hall of Fame and World Chess Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

Players chose their lots in their respective 12-player round robins by choosing a stuffed animal from the Zoo gift shop, which were affixed with hidden pairing numbers.

Round one pairings in the Open includes a heavy-hitter match-up between two members of our “Big Three”, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura.

Leinier Dominguez will be representing US Chess for the first time in the US Chess Championship, and will be playing local favorite and wildcard Varuzhan Akobian in round one.

In the U.S. Women’s Championships, GM Irina Krush plays Emily Nguyen while IM Anna Zatonskih plays Akshita Gorti.

Find full pairings for the tournament and follow along on with commentary from GMs Maurice Ashley, Yasser Seirawan and WGM Jennifer Shahade starting at 12:50 CT/1:50 ET. 


  1. Awesome/WONDERFUL …however all games must be speeded up tremendously .. as proven by the recent 12 draw world championship horrifying joke promo monstrosity …..5 hours is a horrendous promotional monstrosity with estimated 600 million available chess phone app wild eyed chess dazed potential viewers out there …..and ABSOLUTELY DESTROYS WORLD CHESS PROMOTION./ this is el supremo joke deluxe time control .. VIRTUALLY NO PROFESSIONAL PERSON/STUDENT OR PARENT …..nobody has time to watch…Coming to a shess tourney near hour flat no time added for every single game period and two games per ROUND with both colors with every opponent…if 1-1 tie armageddon sudden death playoff immediately as in 2019 Norway super gm tourney with world champion Carlsen June 2019. As pointed out by super grandmaster Levon Aronian on world wide 2018 television/internet ” I do not feel I should ever be allowed to offer a draw to my opponent” No kidding Sherlock! All pro big money draw by agreement ,steal the money- make nice draws are absolute public fraud unless personally agreed to by the on site grandmaster arbiter… . one must be hired for every le grande event(meaning everything Sir Rex and Jeanne do!)..double forfeit for “no contest” draws by arbiter at his /her discretion..,., if a draw then black wins or player that has used least time wins/ 3points win 1 point draw Finally with all due respect to these fantastic people/ players/ above all to the immortal gutsy wonderful Sir Rex and Lady Jeanne Sinquefield/St. LouisChess Club World Chess Foundation ..AS IN W0RLD SERIES OF POKER .no one can ever be allowed to leave the chess board during world class clock running /super gm multi million dollar Sinquefield World Chess Foundation play in THIS COMPUTER/CELLPHONE/ALPHA ONE AGE. I want to thank everyone for considering matters right now .. please ..please forgive me for a quiet discomforting storm: let me leave you with these words from beloved chess grandmaster /teacher/public lecturer Mr. Ben Finegold “Anyone who states the grandmasters will not cheat if they are permitted to leave the board …does not know what they are talking about. ” ALSO: You cannot have empty seats with world wide video internet tune in at the million dollar /150 nation broadcast video media truck/ pro Sinquefield level…The actors must be ALWAYS on stage as in tennis/golf/soccer/ Thank you everyone for hearing me out. Thank you so much for allowing me to speak in this fabulous brand spanking new US Chess digital web page age which now includes women ferociously… .a savage momentous important point with me as three women chess players over one half century…personally saved my often idiotic donkey up close and personal amidst more than 1,ooo chess appearances worldwide/ 65 years of chess road running. I would NEVER have survived on the road without them. And believe me friends/neighbors/countrymen… I am not joking…and every single day of my life I know it. LET ALL THE BIRDS SING/play fast . ..and let the cash register ring. Chess masters will no longer die in poverty /horrible squalor/evicted …ala Steinitz/Niemzovich/Schlecter/Mr.and Mrs Smyslov/Yates/Lombardy/ Janowski/and countless long forgotten others. Thank you. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

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