The Action Begins with the US Women’s Open in Vegas

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.

The growing US Women’s Open with over 40 participants. The event is currently underway with live games. 

The field is headlined by 2017 US Women’s Champ Sabina Foisor, who will also host the International Youth Championship from June 22-24.

Other star contenders include WGM Carla Heredia of Texas Tech and National Girls Tournament of Champions winner Rochelle Wu.

Rochelle Wu, among the contenders in the US Women’s Open

Adia Onyango, an active member of the US Chess Women’s committee and the admin for the Facebook Group, Women and Girls Do Play Chess, is also in the mix.

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GIRL POWER! TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER. Ladies of chess, please join and invite your friends and students to join our FB group, Women and Girls Do Play Chess. Here we post about accomplishments and things involving women and girls in chess. This is an open group (so everyone can read and share the content). However, only members can make posts. We are unique in that over 85% of the members are women and girls, allowing the women's voice and perspective to be heard. Please join and share content about women and girls in chess around the world. -Adia Founder, Women and Girls Do Play Chess "Together we are STRONGER" #womendoplaychess #girlpower #womenandgirlsdoplaychess #womeninchess #chesstraveler #togetherwearestronger #chessqueens

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The Main Event begins on Friday, June 22 with 19 Grandmasters on the preregistration list, including last year’s champ, Tigran Petrosian.

Janelle Losoff, 2017 National Open Champion Tigran L. Petrosian, and Alan Losoff

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.

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