The 2022 U.S. Chess Championship and the US Women’s Chess Championship 2022 commenced yesterday in Saint Louis and are concurrently held from 5-20 October in Saint Louis Chess Club. Fourteen of the country’s strongest chess players battle for the national title and $60,000 in a classical round-robin event with Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian and Wesley So headlining the field which includes Hans Niemann as the 8th seed. The U.S. Women’s title is decided in an identical format with a $40,000 first prize, with GM Irina Krush, IM Anna Zatonskih and FM Ashritha Eswaran being the top seeds.
Hans Niemann and Samuel Sevian took early lead in the Men’s event, and Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonov, Alice Lee, Megan Lee and Jennifer Yu co-lead the Women’s tournament. See the Round 1 report here