U.S. Championship Online Qualifier Kicks Off Friday

U.S. Championship Online Qualifier Kicks Off Friday

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The U.S. Championship Online Qualifier will kick off on December 11 with thousands of dollars and a spot at the 2021 U.S. Chess Championship on the line. Chess.com is proud to host this event that brings the quality and excitement of U.S. Chess tournaments to chess lovers around the world while also respecting social distancing measures.

Event Details

Play will commence at 2 p.m. Pacific time on December 11-18 with the exception of the rest day on December 15. The event will feature a round-robin format, meaning every player will play each other once.

The time control will be 90|30 with a total of 30 minutes time away from the camera being allowed players each game. 

Participants

With six pre-selected players and two qualifiers from Chess.com, a total of eight players will be competing in the U.S. Championship Online Qualifier. Of the six pre-selected players, four have been determined by U.S. Chess and two wild-card players have been selected by Chess.com from the top 20 rated US-based players as of September 2020.

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U.S. Championship Online Qualifier Participants

Schedule

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U.S. Championship Online Qualifier Schedule

Rounds will begin at 2 p.m. Pacific time and will be streamed at Chess.com/tv.

Pairings

A total of four games will be played every round, and the pairings will be as follows.

Round 1

December 11, 2 p.m. PT

White Black
Aleksandr Lenderman Robert Hess
Timur Gareyev Elshan Moradiabadi
Christopher Yoo Andrew Tang
Daniel Naroditsky Dariusz Swiercz

Round 2

December 12, 2 p.m. PT

White Black
Robert Hess Daniel Naroditsky
Dariusz Swiercz Christopher Yoo
Andrew Tang Timur Gareyev
Elshan Moradiabadi Aleksandr Lenderman

Round 3

December 13, 2 p.m. PT

White Black
Elshan Moradiabadi Robert Hess
Aleksandr Lenderman Andrew Tang
Timur Gareyev Dariusz Swiercz
Christopher Yoo Daniel Naroditsky

Round 4

December 14, 2 p.m. PT

White Black
Robert Hess Christopher Yoo
Daniel Naroditsky Timur Gareyev
Dariusz Swiercz Aleksandr Lenderman
Andrew Tang Elshan Moradiabadi

Round 5 

December 16, 2 p.m. PT

White Black
Andrew Tang Robert Hess
Elshan Moradiabadi Dariusz Swiercz
Aleksandr Lenderman Daniel Naroditsky
Timur Gareyev Christopher Yoo

Round 6

December 17, 2 p.m. PT

White Black
Robert Hess Timur Gareyev
Christopher Yoo Aleksandr Lenderman
Daniel Naroditsky Elshan Moradiabadi
Dariusz Swiercz Andrew Tang

Round 7

December 18, 2 p.m. PT

White Black
Dariusz Swiercz Robert Hess
Andrew Tang Daniel Naroditsky
Elshan Moradiabadi Christopher Yoo
Aleksandr Lenderman Timur Gareyev

Prizes

The eight players in the U.S. Championship online qualifier will be competing for a total prize fund of $10,000, and the winner will also secure a spot in the 2021 U.S. Chess Championship. 

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US Championship Online Qualifier Prizes

Side Events

Along with the U.S. Championship Online Qualifier, Chess.com will also be hosting five side events in the U.S. Chess Members Only club. The events will consist of seven-round 5|0 Swiss tournaments with each event having a prize fund of $500.

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Prize Fund For U.S. Championship Online Qualifier Side Events

The side events schedule will run as follows:

  • Friday, December 11, 6 p.m. Pacific time
  • Saturday, December 12, 6 p.m. Pacific time
  • Sunday, December 13, 6 p.m. Pacific time
  • Thursday, December 17, 6 p.m. Pacific time
  • Friday, December 18, 6 p.m. Pacific time

In addition, one randomly selected participant of the U.S. Championship Online Qualifier and its side events will be gifted a trip (flight, hotel, entry fee) to the 2021 U.S. Open. All players who have been active Chess.com and US Chess members, have participated in a qualifier event, and have passed Chess.com's Fair Play check will be eligible to win this prize.

Broadcast

The entirety of the US Championship Online Qualifier can be viewed at Chess.com/tv.

Fair Play

All players must abide by all rules and site policies found at Chess.com/agreement and cooperate fully with Chess.com's fair play detection team. For a full breakdown of the U.S. Championship Online Qualifier rules and regulations, click here.

To ensure fair play, players in the U.S. Championship Online Qualifier will be expected to always be on a Zoom call with the arbiter and have dual-angle camera feeds on during that time. Besides that, players will also be required to share their screen via Zoom during each round and be prepared to adhere to any requests made by U.S. Chess tournament directors before or after each round.

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