U.S. Women’s and Junior Closed Championships 2010

9-19th July in Saint Louis

St Louis

Saint Louis, February 26, 2010 – The USCF has awarded the 2010 U.S. Women’s Championship and the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The two events will be held concurrently July 9-19.

The U.S. Women’s Championship will feature a prize fund at least as large as last year’s record-breaking, $64,000 purse. The tournaments will take place simultaneously, and each will feature a 10-player field.

The invitees will consist of the following: (1) the defending champion for each event, (2) the U.S. Women’s Open Champion/The U.S. Junior Open Champion, (3-9) top players by rating (list will be announced soon), and (10) a wild card for each event.

“Encouraging more women and juniors to play chess are both vital goals of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis,” said Executive Director Tony Rich. “So we are very excited to host the tournaments simultaneously.”

The announcement of these two major tournaments is another step toward cementing Saint Louis as the premier chess destination in the country.

Anna Zatonskih square

Anna Zatonskih

Anna Zatonskih will return to defend her title after winning the 2009 U.S. Women’s Championship. That victory earned her a bid to compete in the 2010 U.S. Championship, scheduled to be held at the CCSCSL May 13-25.

The three most prestigious tournaments in United States chess are being held in Saint Louis this year, giving the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis the Triple Crown of chess.

More details on the official website