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Living The Good Life-Playing in the US Championship

IM Danny Rensch blogs about the US Championship-Great!

Being invited to the US Championship-Amazing!!

Watching the US Championship players get hair and makeup done-Priceless!!!

It has always been an exciting experience to watch the US Championship over the year!  Many great games between strong players, this year I have the great opportunity of participating myself in the US Championship as a wildcard!

Amazingly this year marks the fifth year the St. Louis has hosted the US Championship!  It is always a pleasure to be in the St. Louis Chess Club.  Over the past several years the Club has hosted the US Championships (US Championship, US Women's Championship, and US Junior Championship) making each event a great tournament.  Those at the Chess Club are doing some great things for Chess in the US and I am excited to see how they progress!

On May 1st the players had their pictures taken for the event and beforehand we were all taken down to Paul Mitchell to get hair done and makeup put on.  I thought this was quite enjoyable to watch!  A definite perk of being invited to the Championship which I just had to share! :) The main image for this blog is a picture of US Championship competitor GM Alejandro Ramirez and also additional competitors GM Sam Shankland and GM Melikset Khachiyan are featured at the end, all of them preparing for their pictures for the US Championship.

The US Championship Opening Ceremony concluded not too long ago which offically starts the US Championship and US Womens Championship.  The pairings are set for both tournaments and I am playing GM Alex Stripunsky as Black in the first round.  I have to admit I was hoping for White in the first round, but seeing as I have only beaten GMs with Black, probably a good pairing overall!  It will be an exciting event!  You can find many details and you can watch the live coverage at http://www.uschesschamps.com/.  There are many strong players in the event and, as many Chess Players know, it is anybody's game!

 

The 2013 US Chess Championship line-up

# Name USCF
1 Gata Kamsky 2815
2 Timur Gareev 2766
3 Alexander Onischuk  2732
4 Ray Robson 2698
5 Sam Shankland 2698
6 Varuzhan Akobian 2690
7 Alex Stripunsky 2680
8 Gregory Kaidanov  2673
9 Alexander Ivanov  2664
10 Robert Hess 2661
11 Larry Christiansen  2657
12 Yury Shulman  2639
13 Alex Shabalov  2633
14 Marc Arnold  2626
15 Melikset Khachiyan 2625
16 Jorge Sammour-Hasbun 2621
17 Joel Benjamin 2618
18 Yaacov Norowitz 2612
19 Alejandro Ramirez 2606
20 Conrad Holt 2591
21 Ben Finegold 2570
22 John Bryant 2542
23 Kayden Troff 2505
24 Sam Sevian  2467

 

I am glad to be participating and hope to be back for years to come!  I wish all my competitors good luck!  I really am enjoying this experience!

GM Sam Shankland - Chesscom Video Author
GM Melik Khachiyan - Chesscom Video Author
GM Alejandro Ramirez - Death Match 10 Runner-Up

Comments


  • 20 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Yeah!,good luck; go for it!!

  • 20 months ago

    Shadanov

    Happy Birthday Kayden!

    Best Wishes!

  • 20 months ago

    Piecefulchaos

    Additionally, I know that Kayden's Youtube premiere for his Chess Music Video is on Chess.com's main news page, but in case you missed it.  Here's something we have been working on for months to show the world just how cool chess really is! http://youtu.be/oiXJQ0SG888

  • 20 months ago

    Piecefulchaos

    If you're going to package chess, and those that play it, as a marketable product-then you need to give the chess players the same advantages as their competitors in a media rich world.  I applaud the forward thinking of the St. Louis Chess Club!   What an amazing job they have done to help popularize chess in the United States! They have a full time paid publicist.  They hire a media relations company to promote and communicate with media outlets. They have three fantastic, knowledgable commentators throughout the event with the tools to show off the games and compare it against the computer evaluations on-screen.  They have contracted with Fox Midwest Sports for an hour recap of the days events. They formally make this an event truly memorable for the players by its class, and solid celebration at both the opening and closing ceremonies.  And the prize fund is just window dressing for something that they present in a very classy and interesting way!  Major kudos and applause for the entire event and may they continue to host this event in an even bigger and better way as it catches on with the public at large!

  • 20 months ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Makeup? Really? Occasionally there are tournaments where women are offered such services free of charge, but it's not typical. Makeup for men - cool. Smile Must be a televised event, I guess?

  • 20 months ago

    ALADIN_00

    GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND .. U ARE THE MAN

  • 20 months ago

    gradyplayer

    good luck from west valley! I hadn't heard you made IM, that is great. that is a big lineup, GM norm potential for sure!

  • 20 months ago

    JBades6310

    good luck danny?

  • 20 months ago

    OldChessDog

    Good luck Danny!

  • 20 months ago

    LittleStirling

    Congrats on the round 1 win!  Prophetic comment about beating a GM with black...

  • 20 months ago

    JBades6310

    Kayden good luck buddy, everyone on chess.com is rooting for you! Wink

  • 20 months ago

    MatchStickKing

    Hair and make-up done? Are you joking?

    I can imagine the caption being along the lines of "Come near me with that eye liner and my knight and your ass are going to meet in unpleasant circumstances."
  • 20 months ago

    IM Fins0905

    Good luck and enjoy the experience, Kayden! My fantasy team predicts a strong performance from you Smile

  • 20 months ago

    SometimesReasonable

    Good luck and go get 'em!

  • 20 months ago

    Caliphigia

    Good luck, Kayden. Enjoy yourself.

  • 20 months ago

    SuperFishy

    Nice!

  • 20 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    I think the organizers are trying to spruce up the players a bit. 

  • 20 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Hey young man, this is your big chance for some stunning upsets!  Go get them!  

  • 20 months ago

    jcm1978

    Interesting, I didn't know having hair and makeup done was part of the event.

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