US Chess Premier Invitationals Conclude This Weekend on Chess.com

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Coming this weekend

Streaming information updated on 07.30.2020 in the "How to Watch" section.

The U.S. Open premier invitational events for state champions of all ages, which normally take place in conjunction with the U.S. Open, conclude this weekend in an online format on Chess.com.  (Note: As many of the state affiliates were unable to hold state championship events to determine the competitors, in many cases simply the highest-rated player in the state to accept the invitation has been selected as the competitor.)

The three August 1-2 weekend events will be:

DEWAIN BARBER NATIONAL TOURNAMENT OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS

The above link will give you access to the event pairings and standings as well as additional event information.

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Dewain Barber by Austin Fuller
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Dewain Barber by Austin Fuller

The Dewain Barber (photo, above) National Tournament of Middle School State Champions invites the winners of the US Chess State Affiliate championships to compete for the title of 2020 Barber Champion of Champions. In case of ties in the Barber, co-champions shall be recognized. The Executive Board of US Chess has added the Barber Champion to its list of qualifiers for the World Youth or the World Cadet Championship and the US Cadet Championship. The qualifying student in case of a tie will be the highest finishing player on tie-breaks who meets the eligibility requirements of the World Youth/World Cadet event for the US Chess delegation and the US Cadet Championship. The qualifying person needs a US FIDE flag to be eligible to represent the US in the World Youth/World Cadet and US Cadet Championships.

Barber entrants list: please click here.

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER III NATIONAL TOURNAMENT OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS

The above link will give you access to the event pairings and standings as well as additional event information.

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John D. Rockefeller III

At the U.S. Open in August 2019, the Executive Board and Delegates of US Chess voted to create a new scholastic National Invitational: the John D. Rockefeller III (photo, above) National Tournament of Elementary School State Champions. The Rockefeller is for players in grades K-5.  US Chess has added the Rockefeller Champion to its list of qualifiers for the World Youth or the World Cadet Championship and the U.S. Cadet Championship. The qualifying student in case of a tie will be the highest finishing player on tie-breaks who meets the eligibility requirements of the World Youth/World Cadet event for the US Chess delegation and the U.S. Cadet Championship. The qualifying person needs a U.S. FIDE flag to be eligible to represent the U.S. in the World Youth/World Cadet and U.S. Cadet Championships.

Rockefeller entrants list: please click here.

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT OF SENIOR STATE CHAMPIONS

The above link will give you access to the event pairings and standings as well as additional event information.

The National Tournament of Senior State Champions invites the winners of the US Chess State Affiliate Senior Championships to compete for the title of National Senior Champion of Champions. This event began last weekend with rounds one through three.

Seniors entrants list: please click here.

Going in to the final weekend, three grandmasters are tied for first with 3-0 scores: GMs Alex Fishbein (top photo), Alonso Zapata (middle photo), and Michael Rohde (bottom photo). Click on the event link above to access the pairings and full standings.

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GM Alex Fishbein being presented his medal by Dewain Barber.

 

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Seniors Past Events
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How to Watch

When: August 1-2, 11:00 am-1:30 pm; 3:00-5:30 pm; 7:00-9:30 pm EDT

Where: twitch.tv/chesscomevents and twitch.tv/uschess

Streamers (Subject to change; check back here for updated information):  

Saturday: IM Kassa Korley and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan. Look for special guest interviews with Dewain Barber and David Grimaud.

Sunday: NM William Aramil, GM Daniel Naroditsky, and IM Levy Rozman. Look for a special guest interview with John D. Rockefeller V.

All the Details

For detailed information on all of the events, please follow these links:

2020 Online Invitationals: Overview, Schedule, & Prizes

2020 Online Invitational: Rules 

Thank You!

US Chess thanks the following individuals, organizations, and businesses for their support of the 2020 Online National Invitational Events (in alphabetical order):

Dewain Barber

Dwight Barber

Ralph Bowman

Chess.com and Staff

Ursula Foster Scholarships

             Clifford Lester

             Rick Lester

Internet Chess Club (ICC)

National State Invitationals Committee

             Jon Haskel, Chair

             Dewain Barber

             David Grimaud

             Maureen Grimaud

             Al Lawrence

             John D. Rockefeller V

             Sunil Weeramantry

             Harold J. Winston

John D. Rockefeller V

Richard and Barbara Schiffrin

Tournament Directors

             Chief TD Jon Haskel

             John D. Rockefeller V

             Danny Rohde

             Christina Schweiss

             Judit Sztaray

             Eric Vigil

             Joe Yun

             Brian Yang

Charles D. Unruh

US Chess Executive Board

US Chess Staff

U.S. Chess Trust

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