2021 U.S. Chess Championships: Round 1

Twelve of the country’s strongest players battle for the national title and $194,000 in a round robin event. Plus, the U.S. Women’s title is decided in an identical format with $100,000 at stake. Join GMs Cristian Chirila, Yasser Seirawan, and Maurice Ashley for the move-by-move.



  1. Small minds talk about people, great minds talk about ideas! where's the conversation about chess ideas?? Can we talk or discuss the Sicilian, Caro Kann, Ruy Lopez, or maybe the Alekhine or what about the Slav? ………. The fact that anyone on this forum is talking about what women wear is disgusting, childish, insulting and small minded. Its 2021, can you not see your ignorance or do you think it's 1949? What's interesting is that if these forums only allowed entry by using your real name, location and affiliations – we wouldn't see the sexism & Misogyny displayed here. Interesting that no one here makes comments on anything the men are wearing!? It's clearly a mistake to think that because a person understands or plays chess, they automatically have intelligence built into their brains – some of the comments regarding what women players on the other side of the draw are wearing prove you are human patzers and wood pushers who have given up on simply enjoying the game for what it is. For some of you, your play will be guided by databases populated with games these women play – Show some appreciation and respect!! Comment on the chess and leave the personal out.

  2. I was thrilled when Ajiandro was removed from the broadcast, only to be dissapointed again when you brought back this Eastern Euro-trash hack Cristian Chirila. I literally can't stand this phoney and his extremely poor English diction and weak personality. Like Ajiandro, he tries way to hard and still misses the mark. Either bring back Shahade or keep shopping for someone decent to be the third.

  3. Congrats to Irina Krush on her win! As much as I want her to win I would like her to wear a bra for the remainder of the tournament and dress appropriately for such an important event. USCF and St. Louis should have dress standards for these elite events.

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