Four Players Square off Friday With Chances to Join 2021 National Championship

Lenderman, Gareyev, Moridabiadi and Yoo


The final round of the US Chess Championship Online Qualifier begins today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific on, marking the culmination of a month-long series of nationwide qualifier events designed to offer a new path to the national title.  

The winner will appear in next year’s US Chess Championship. 

Fighting chess is all-but guaranteed, with simply no room left for a draw. Entering the seventh round of the 8-player round robin, four players remain with chances to win the event – and all four are paired together. 


USCOQ Round Robin Standings After 6 Rounds
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GM Aleksandr Lenderman will take white against GM Timur Gareyev, both players in second place with 3.5/6 and a half-point off the lead. They chase 13-year-old IM Christopher Yoo, the only non-GM in the field and the tournament leader since the first round. He will command the black pieces against GM Elshan Moradiabadi, who also trails by a half-point with 3.5/6. 

USCOQ Round Robin Pairings Round 7


The US Chess Championship Online Qualifier began in November as an open Swiss event for the nation’s U1600 players and has progressed each weekend through a series of increasingly stronger events. Yoo entered in the 2400+ Swiss qualifier and then advanced through a 23-player final Swiss event, a final knockout bracket and now this final round-robin tournament. 

Today’s final round to decide a 2021 US Chess Championship contender can be viewed with full commentary on, as well as its YouTube and Twitch channels. First moves begin at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time. If necessary, a tiebreaker using US Chess Championship rules will be held Saturday.

Additionally, US Chess fans can join a free blitz side event with a dedicated prize fund of $500, open to members of the US Chess Members Only club on One random participant from any of the US Championship Online Qualifier events or any official side event will win a flight, hotel and entry into next year’s U.S. Open event, scheduled for July 31, 2021 in New Jersey. 

Click through for a direct link to tonight’s blitz side event: Friday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. Pacific time 

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