2012 US Chess Championships

2012 US Chess Championships

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
May 7, 2012, 4:14 AM |
16 | Chess Event Coverage

The 2012 US Chess Championships take place from 8-20 May at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.

Defending champion Gata Kamsky will face a strong field, including Hikaru Nakamura who returns after missing last year.

The championship features a field of 12 players in a single round-robin competition. There is a guaranteed prize fund of at least $160,000, and a special $64,000 "Fischer Prize" should anyone repeat Bobby's perfect 11-0 clean sweep in the 1963/64 US Championship.

The full line-up:

# Name  Elo 
1 Nakamura, Hikaru  2775
2 Kamsky, Gata  2741
3 Onischuk, Alexander  2660
4 Seirawan, Yasser  2643
5 Hess, Robert 2635
6 Akobian, Varuzhan  2625
7 Robson, Ray  2614
8 Kaidanov, Gregory 2594
9 Ramirez, Alejandro  2593
10 Lenderman, Aleksandr  2587
11 Shulman, Yuri  2571
12 Stripunsky, Alexander  2562

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The US Women’s Championship takes place at the same time, with Anna Zatonskih defending her title.  There is a guaranteed prize fund of $64,000 and 10 players in the women's event.

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# Name  Elo 
1 Zatonskih, Anna  2510
2 Krush, Irina  2457
3 Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  2364
4 Baginskaite, Camilla  2358
5 Goletiani, Rusudan  2333
6 Abrahamyan, Tatev  2329
7 Melekhina, Alisa  2242
8 Ni, Viktorija  2228
9 Zenyuk, Iryna  2224
10 Kats, Alena  2137

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All rounds start at 13:00 local time in St.Louis (18:00 UTC).  If playoffs are required, they will take place on 20 May at 12:00 local time.  The full schedule:

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Date  Championship Women's Championship
May-08 Round 1  Round 1
May-09 Round 2  Round 2
May-10 Round 3  Round 3
May-11 Round 4  Rest Day
May-12 Round 5  Round 4
May-13 Round 6  Round 5
May-14 Rest Day Rest Day
May-15 Round 7  Round 6
May-16 Round 8  Round 7
May-17 Round 9  Round 8
May-18 Round 10  Rest Day
May-19 Round 11  Round 9
May-20 Playoff Playoff

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Player biographies are available for the men and the women.  The official website will have it's usual high-quality coverage and commentary from Ben Finegold and Jennifer Shahade.

Who is your pick to win the championships?  And are there any dark horses to watch out for?

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