US Championship Online Qualifier: What You Need to Know

The US Championship Online Qualifier kicks off this weekend on The first weekend will feature the U1600 and 1601-2000 qualifier sections. Here are key details you need to know!

  1. Entry is free to all current US Chess Members.
  2. All qualifier events start at 2pm Pacific Time on their designated date (see schedule below).
  3. Players should join sections based on their rapid rating NOT US Chess rating.
  4. All players should familiarize themselves with the Technical Guide, which includes a full explanation of the rules and fair play procedures.

Here are the direct links to the qualifying tournaments. Keep in mind: you won’t be able to join them unless you are already a member of the US Chess Members Only club on

U1600 Qualifer

1601-2000 Qualifier

2001-2400 Qualifier

2400+ Qualifier

All you need to do to play is make sure you have joined the US Chess Members Only club and are online on the live server before the tournament starts. The tournament “join” button will activate 1 hour before tournament start.

All qualifiers advance to the next stage, culminating in a final bracket. The top two finishers in the final bracket advance to play in an 8-player Round Robin that awards the winner an automatic seat in the 2021 US Closed Championship.




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