One of the most anticipated chess festivals of the year, the Las Vegas Chess Festival from June 20-24 kicks off today with the US Women’s Open (June 20-21), as well as the Grandmaster Chess Camp and the Walter Browne Memorial Blitz tournament on June 21.
After about 3 weeks of chess and limited internet connection, it’s time to continue the summer with chess 🙈 heading out to #Vegas for the #nationalopen ! More updates on a full summer of chess soon, now the internet is back 😂 #letsgo #Chess #travels with @eli_1985_mor !
— Sabina Foisor (@Foisor_Sabina) June 19, 2018
Other star contenders include WGM Carla Heredia of Texas Tech and National Girls Tournament of Champions winner Rochelle Wu.
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— Chris Bird (@ChrisBirdIA) June 20, 2018
The Main Event begins on Friday, June 22 with 19 Grandmasters on the preregistration list, including last year’s champ, Tigran Petrosian.
It's time to dust off and get some skin back into the game. Tomorrow I'm flying to Vegas to take on the National Open. Let's get it!
— Cristian Chirila (@CristianChirila) June 20, 2018
Find updates on the Las Vegas International Chess page, and also look for their daily bulletins, edited by International Arbiter Chris Bird. Randy Hough will be writing an exclusive report for UChess post event.