Eight of the world’s top 10 players compete this week in two tournaments in St.Louis and Shamkir, Azerbaijan, on this week’s Best of the Web…
US Chess Championship
Two 12-player round robins to decide the US and US Women’s Championship April 18-30, 2018, at the newly renamed St, Louis Chess Club.
Top players include the complete 2016 Olympiad winning team: Caruana, Nakamura, So, Robson, and Shankland. Juniors GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Awonder Laing will also compete.
In the Women’s competition, 7-time US Champion GM Irina Krush and 4-time Champion Anna Zatonskih, and the two previous Champons — Sabina Foisor and Nazi Paikidze — all play. WGM Jennifer Yu, the top rated U16 female, also plays.
Live Games and Commentary
April 18-30, 2018. 1pm local, 2pm EST
Note: GM Eric Hansen is in St.Louis to do live on-site commentary for fans at the event, and is not part of the regular on-line team of Seirawan, Shahade, and Ashley.
The 5th Gashimov Memorial, honouring the memory of Azerbaijani GM Vugar Gashimov (who died at 27), takes place April 19-28, 2018 in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.
The field includes World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and three of the recent Candidates finalists:
Start 3pm local, 7am EST.
Source: Canadian Chess