The U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship are the marquee events of American chess and for the last 11 years, the St. Louis Chess Club has been hosting both events at their illustrious club. This year’s edition has been the strongest chess championship in history, with a record five players over the 2700 rating threshold. The U.S. Women’s Chess Championship has had a tale of its own, with an eclectic mix of new and experienced players setting the stage for what would become one of the most exciting national championships in history. The open section quickly saw the top-rated favorites build a significant edge over the field, with Hikaru Nakamura and Leinier Dom?nguez leading the charge. Fabiano Caruana, the rating favorite and 2018 World Chess Championship contender, struggled to make a statement in the early rounds and fell …

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