Event Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Location: Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California
2021 Final Standings
GM Awonder Liang was the winner of the 2021 Weeramantry Blitz event. He is pictured here holding his 2021 Denker: HS (9-12) champion's plaque. Photo by Iredia Ekhato.
The FM Sunil Weeramantry National Blitz Tournament of State Champions is an annual invitational event run by US Chess that has determined the Weeramantry National Champion since 2020. The 2021 champion was Grandmaster Awonder Liang (2674, WI).
Open only to players in the 5 simultaneous national invitationals for state champions that run concurrently with the U.S. Open:
Those Invitational players are welcome to register for the free, optional Weeramantry Blitz tournament by filling out an online form, the link to which will be emailed to them.
7 days before the tournament. No onsite signups.
Prizes: $3,200 ($800 per section; 4 sections).
4DSS: 4 double rounds (players alternate as White & Black) with Swiss-system pairings.
G3 +2: 3 minutes base time with a 2-second increment added after each move.
Saturday, July 30, 2022, 10 AM - 1 PM. Optional. No entry fee. Section eligibility and pairings determined strictly by US Chess Regular rating—no playing up. The tournament follows US Chess rules and is US-Chess-rated. Players must bring a chess clock, and it should support time increment. If neither player brings a clock to the board, then both players will forfeit the round. US Chess will provide boards and pieces—but not clocks. 9:45 AM: announcements & review rules. If there is a tie, then the prize will go to the highest finisher, based on tiebreaks (1. Modified Median, 2. Solkoff, 3. Cumulative, and 4. Cumulative of Opposition); the prize will not be split.
If a tournament-related situation arises that is not covered by the text above, then it will be resolved by the Chair of US Chess’s National Tournaments of State Champions Committee.