Watch the 2021 US Chess Championships

2021 U.S. Chess Championship


The 2021 US Chess Championships, crowning this year’s King and Queen of American chess, will play October 5-19 at the Saint Louis Chess Club

The US Chess Championship is open to all American chess players, and 12 qualifying Grandmasters have been invited to St. Louis to compete for this year’s national title, including the defending 2020 US Chess Champion GM Wesley So. See the 2021 US Chess Championship field here. 

The U.S. Women’s Championship is open to all American females, and 12 have been invited through qualification to compete for the 2021 women’s national title, including the defending 2020 U.S. Women’s Champion GM Irina Krush. See the 2021 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship field here. 


Defending 2020 US Chess Champion GM Wesley So and U.S. Women's Champion GM Irina Krush.


Through a drawing of lots, the 12 players in each event have pre-selected their starting positions and determined the pairings for the 11-round robin tournament. Each round will play one game daily using a time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the remaining game, and a 30-second per-move increment. Rounds begin daily at 1:00 p.m. central, and if necessary, a playoff has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 19.

View the tournament schedule here. 

Full tournament regulations may be found here. 

Today’s pairings and results for the US Chess Championship / U.S. Women’s Chess Championship


Broadcast coverage of the 2021 U.S. Championships will begin at 12:50 p.m. central, including Grandmaster commentary by Maurice Ashley, Cristian Chirila and four-time US Chess Champion GM Yasser Seirawan. The commentary may be viewed live on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube channel, or the official event website

2021 U.S. Chess Championships: Round 1 |


Check CLO daily for round recaps and master analysis of the 2021 US Chess Championships. 


Quick Links:

2021 U.S. Championships Main Page

2021 U.S. Championships Live Games

2021 U.S. Championships Live Commentary

2021 U.S. Championship Pairings and Results

2021 U.S. Women's Championship Pairings and Results


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