2017 US Chess Championships Begin

Yasser Seirawan speaks on the induction of Viktor Korchnoi, Photo Eric Rosen

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.

Photo Eric Rosen

Find the pairings in the Open and the Women’s Championship here and look for a takeover from International Master and photographer Eric Rosen at twitter.com/uschess.

Follow live action with commentary by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade starting at 12:50 CST/1:50 EST on uschesschamps.com.


  1. Is Yasser constipated in that photo? May I recommend adding a little prune juice to your diet?

    Seriously, I’m only kidding, I mean no disrespect at all, I absolutely love what you all are doing for chess. Jennifer Shahade and Yasser are hands down the greatest commentator’s in all of sports. Keep up the great work.

    Welcome back to the commentator’s chair Jen, I hope things are going well with your new baby.

    Oh, and Yasser, I have all of your “Winning Chess’ book series. Good stuff!!

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