The US Chess Championship began with an opening ceremony at the Boo Cat Club that also honored new inductees into the US Chess Hall of Fame, Edward Lasker, and the World Chess Hall of Fame, Viktor Korchnoi, Paula Kalmar-Wolf and Alla Kushnir.
Players drew their lots by selecting chess inspired sketches from designers of the inaugural class of the STL Fashion Fund.
Excited to be playing again tomorrow, hoping to defend my title at the U.S. Championship. #USChessChamps
— Fabiano Caruana (@FabianoCaruana) March 29, 2017