2022 US Chess Champions: Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana and Women’s Grandmaster Jennifer Yu win second titles | So Good News


ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Twenty-eight of America’s best chess players have gathered at the St. Louis Chess Club in St. Louis, America’s chess capital, for the 2022 US Women’s Chess Championship, which will be held October 4-20, 2022.

Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has won the 2022 US Chess Championship, his second national title after a first-time US Championship draw with rival GM Levon Aronian in the final round. Caruana took home the $60,000 top prize, while GM Ray Robson finished second, earning $45,000.

“I want to thank everyone who made chess possible in St. Louis and in the United States,” Caruana said as he received his second US Championship trophy. “I have been playing chess here for six years and I have had the opportunity to see all my colleagues grow and develop, while at the same time making chess stronger in this country, because I am very proud and honored.”

20-year-old female grandmaster Jennifer Yu has been crowned the 2022 US Women’s Champion, her second title after defeating eight-time US Women’s champion Irina Krush in an Armageddon tiebreak playoff. Yu took first place in the $40,000 US Championship, while GM Irina Krush took home the second prize of $30,000.

“I want to thank everyone for making this year’s tournament such an amazing experience,” Yu said during his public address. “Every round was definitely exciting and I want to give a special thanks to my co-champion Irina, for being such a great opponent it feels amazing to win my second US Women’s Championship.”

“Thanks to the contributions of Dr. Jean Cairns Sinkefield and Rex Sinkefield to chess and the St. Louis Chess Club, we are pleased to announce the return of the US Chess and Women’s Chess Championships in 2023,” said President Randy Bauer. of the US Chess Federation. “This year, USA Chess has made St. Louis our chess home, as our office is now located here, and we hope that USA Chess and the tournament will become permanent residents in St. Louis.”

At the 2022 US Chess Championship, the top five players Fabiano Caruana, Ray Robson, Leiner Dominguez, Avonder Liang and Wesley So will qualify for the World Championship. The top two finishers at the 2022 US Women’s Chess Championship, WGM Jennifer Yu and GM Irina Krush, will qualify for the Women’s World Championship. Some of these players named above will qualify for the World Championship by other means, in which case those invitations will be awarded to the next player in the 2022 USA Chess Championship and USA Women’s Championship standings.

Read our daily roundup of the 2022 US Chess Championship at www.uschesschamps.com or watch the tournament broadcast on the St. Louis Chess Club YouTube channel.

About the St. Louis Chess Club

The Chess Club of St. Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club offers advanced chess lessons, beginner lessons, and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the St. Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting existing chess programs in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.


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