2013 U.S. Chess Championship Overview

by Super User
on 22 April 2013

The 2013 U.S. Championship is the most prestigious event in the United States, and will feature 24 of the country's strongest competitors.

It will be held concurrently with the 2013 U.S. Women's Championship at the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, from May 2nd to May 13th.

There is more than just pride on the line. These challengers will be vying for the title of U.S. Champion and a top prize of $30,000. If one lucky competitor is able to reproduce Bobby Fischer's 1963-64 U.S. Championship performance of winning every game, they earn a bonus prize of $64,000. The top five players will also qualify to play in the World Championship cycle.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will host the U.S. Championship. In honor of this five-year anniversary, the 2013 U.S. Championship will be a 24-player Swiss, the same format that was featured the first time the CCSCSL hosted the Championship in 2009.

Meet the Field

No.TitleNameRatingInvitation Method
1. GM Gata Kamsky 2815 Rating
2. GM Timur Gareev 2766 Rating
3. GM Alex Onischuk 2732 Rating
4. GM Ray Robson 2698 Rating
5. GM Sam Shankland 2698 Rating
6. GM Varuzhan Akobian 2690 Rating
7. GM Alexander Stripunsky 2680 Rating
8. GM Gregory Kaidanov 2673 Rating
9. GM Aleksandr Ivanov 2664 U.S. Senior Champion
10. GM Robert Hess 2661 Rating
11. GM Larry Christiansen 2657 Rating
12. GM Yury Shulman 2639 Rating
13. GM Alexander Shabalov 2633 Rating
14. GM Marc Arnold 2626 U.S. Junior Champion
15. GM Melikset Khachiyan 2625 Wildcard
16. FM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun 2621 Rating
17. GM Joel Benjamin 2618 Rating
17. NM Yaacov Norowitz 2612 Rating
19. GM Alejandro Ramirez 2606 Rating
20. GM Conrad Holt 2591 Wildcard
21. GM Ben Finegold 2570 Wildcard
22. FM John Bryant 2542 U.S. Open Champion
23. IM Kayden Troff 2505 Wildcard
24. FM Sam Sevian 2467 Wildcard


Thursday May 2nd 6:00 PM Community Day, Opening Ceremony
Friday May 3rd 1:00 PM Round 1
Saturday May 4th 1:00 PM Round 2
Sunday May 5th 1:00 PM Round 3
Monday May 6th 1:00 PM Round 4
Tuesday May 7th 1:00 PM Round 5
Wednesday May 8th   Rest Day
Thursday May 9th 1:00 PM Round 6
Friday May 10th 1:00 PM Round 7
Saturday May 11th 1:00 PM Round 8
Sunday May 12th 1:00 PM Round 9
Monday May 13th 12:00 PM, 6:30 PM Play Off, Closing Ceremony


1st $30,000 7th $9,000 13th $4,500 19th $3,000
2nd $20,000 8th $8,000 14th $4,000 20th $2,800
3rd $17,000 9th $7,000 15th $3,800 21st $2,600
4th $14,000 10th $6,000 16th $3,600 22nd $2,400
5th $11,000 11th $5,500 17th $3,400 23rd $2,200
6th $10,000 12th $5,000 18th $3,200 24th $2,000
Total: $180,000

Meet the Arbiters

Chief Arbiter: Franc Guadalupe, IA, NTD

Francisco (Franc) Guadalupe is a FIDE International Arbiter and USCF National Tournament Director. His experience is quite extensive in both scholastic and adult events. In the last few years, Franc has been the Chief TD for more National events than any other tournament director in the country.

He was the Chief TD for the 2006 US Junior Open, US Cadet and US Junior Championships; the 2008, 2009 and 2010 All Girls Nationals; the 2006 and 2007 National Grades (K-12) Championships; the 2006 Collegiate Final Four Championship; the 2008 National Youth Action; the 2008 National Junior High Championship; the 2010 National Elementary Championship; and in 2009 and 2013, he was the Chief TD of the premier scholastic event in the country, SuperNationals IV.

His experience at the National level in adult tournaments is also quite extensive: He was the Chief TD of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 US Class Championships; the 2008 Pan American Class Championships; and has also worked at several US Opens. He was also selected to be the Chief TD for the 2010 US Open. Franc was the Chief Arbiter of the 2008 WC Olympiad Selection for Nigeria, Zone 2. He served as the Assistant Arbiter for the 2006 US Championship in San Diego.

Franc is a member of the USCF Scholastic Committee and the Tournament Director Certification Committee. In 2009, he received the USCF Tournament Director of the Year award.

Franc is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico and has a business degree from St. Leo University. He spent over 23 years in the U.S. Army and his wife Bonnie also served for 12 years. They have six children, the youngest two in college. One of his sons, Francisco II, is a chess master at University of Texas at Dallas where he studies Electrical Engineering. Franc’s son Jonathan is a combat medic serving a tour in Afghanistan. The Guadalupes reside in one of the suburbs of Houston, Texas.

Assistant Arbiter: Tony Rich, FA, IO, STD

Tony Rich is a FIDE Arbiter and International Organizer as well as a USCF Senior Tournament Director. Rich serves as the Executive Director of the Chess Club and Schoalstic Center of Saint Louis and was the assistant arbiter for the 2010 U.S. Championship. He has also been an assistant tournament director for the 2009 Supernationals, 2010 U.S. Open, 2010 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, 2010 Girls Junior Open 2010 College Tournament of Champions, and 2013 SuperNationals. 

In addition, he is one of only 22 FIDE International Organizers in America. In this role he has successfully organized major events including four U.S. Championships, four U.S. Women’s Championships, three U.S. Junior Closed Championships, international matches and a variety of other high-level tournaments. In both 2009 and 2010 Rich was named the U.S. Chess Federation's "Organizer of the Year" and was on the Barber Tournament of State K-8 Champions and the Denker Tournament of High School Champions organizing committees in 2011.

Tony has traveled extensively since 2008, serving as the head of delegation for the American teams at various events, including FIDE Olympiads, World Team Championships and the Pan American Team Championship. He is a member of the FIDE Swiss Pairing Program Commission, the FIDE Social Chess Commission and the USCF International Relations Committee. In addition, Tony also serves as an adjunct professor in the department of elementary education at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis.

 Tony is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri and has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Missouri University of Science & Technology. He spent a number of years working in the IT industry before spearheading the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


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