2013 US Chess Championships
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The 2013 U.S. Chess Championship and 2013 U.S. Women’s Championship take place from 2-13 May at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
The opening ceremony takes place on May 2, and the first round for both events starts at 13:00 local time (UTC-5 hours) on May 3.
The format for the main event is a 9-round Swiss with 24 players and a prize fund of $180,000. There is also a $64,000 "Fischer Prize" for a perfect 9-0 score, in honour of Bobby Fischer’s unforgettable result at the 1963-64 U.S. Championship.
Alex Onischuk (left) and Gata Kamsky are among the top seeds
The 2013 US Chess Championship line-up
Reigning champion Hikaru Nakamura, will not be defending his title as he will be playing in the Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament. That leaves Gata Kamsky as top seed, but championship regular Alexander Onischuk and new face Timur Gareeev should be strong challengers.
The 2013 US Chess Championships playing schedule
|Thursday||May 2nd||18:00||Opening Ceremony|
|Friday||May 3rd||13:00||Round 1|
|Saturday||May 4th||13:00||Round 2|
|Sunday||May 5th||13:00||Round 3|
|Monday||May 6th||13:00||Round 4|
|Tuesday||May 7th||13:00||Round 5|
|Wednesday||May 8th||Rest Day|
|Thursday||May 9th||13:00||Round 6|
|Friday||May 10th||13:00||Round 7|
|Saturday||May 11th||13:00||Round 8|
|Sunday||May 12th||13:00||Round 9|
|Monday||May 13th||12:00||Play Off, Closing Ceremony|
The 2013 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship features 10 players in a round-robin format and a prize fund of $65,000. Last year's winner Irina Krush will defend her title.
The 2013 Women's US Chess Championship line-up
Live coverage of the event will be available at www.livestream.com/uschess with commentators Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley and Jennifer Shahade.
The official website with the latest updates is at www.uschesschamps.com.