USA Chess Championships

The U.S. Chess Championship is an invitational tournament held to determine the national chess champion of the United States. Begun as a challenge match in 1845, the U.S. Championship has been decided by tournament play for most of its long history (Soltis, 2012). Since 1936, it has been held under the auspices of the U.S. Chess Federation. Until 1999, the event consisted of a round-robin tournament of varying size. From 1999 to 2006, the Championship was sponsored and organized by the Seattle Chess Foundation (later renamed America's Foundation for Chess [AF4C]) as a large Swiss system tournament. AF4C withdrew its sponsorship in 2007. The 2007 and 2008 events were held (again under the Swiss system) in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in St. Louis has hosted the annual event since 2009.


USA Chess Championships  USA Chess Championships  USA Chess Championships



Tournament (year) Location Winner(s) Open Section Winner(s) Women Section
USA Championship 2018St. LouisSamuel ShanklandNazi Paikidze
USA Championship 2017St. LouisWesley SoSabina-Francesca Foisor
USA Championship 2016St. LouisFabiano CaruanaNazi Paikidze
USA Championship 2015St. LouisHikaru NakamuraIrina Krush
USA Championship 2014St. LouisGata KamskyIrina Krush
USA Championship 2013St. LouisGata KamskyIrina Krush
USA Championship 2012St. LouisHikaru NakamuraIrina Krush
USA Championship 2011St. LouisGata KamskyAnna Zatonskih
USA Championship 2010St. LouisGata KamskyIrina Krush
USA Championship 2009St. LouisHikaru NakamuraAnna Zatonskih
USA Championship 2008St. LouisYury ShulmanAnna Zatonskih
USA Championship 2007St. LouisAlexander ShabalovIrina Krush
USA Championship 2006St. LouisAlexander OnischukAnna Zatonskih
USA Championship 2005St. LouisHikaru NakamuraRusudan Goletiani
USA Championship 2003St. LouisAlexander ShabalovAnna Hahn
USA Championship 2002St. LouisLarry ChristiansenJennifer Shahade
USA Championship 2000St. LouisJoel Benjamin,Alexander Shabalov,Yasser SeirawanElina Groberman - Camilla Baginskaite
USA Championship 1999St. LouisBoris GulkoAnjelina Belakovskaia
USA Championship 1998St. LouisNick de FirmianIrina Krush
USA Championship 1997St. LouisJoel BenjaminEsther Epstein
USA Championship 1996St. LouisAlex YermolinskyAnjelina Belakovskaia
USA Championship 1995St. LouisNick de Firmian,Patrick Wolff,Alexander IvanovAnjelina Belakovskaia - Sharon Burtman
USA Championship 1994St. LouisBoris GulkoElena Donaldson
USA Championship 1993St. LouisAlexander Shabalov, Alex YermolinskyElena Donaldson - Irina Levitina
USA Championship 1992St. LouisPatrick WolffIrina Levitina
USA Championship 1991St. LouisGata KamskyEsther Epstein - Irina Levitina
USA Championship 1990St. LouisLev AlburtElena Donaldson
USA Championship 1989St. LouisRoman Dzindzichashvili, Stuart Rachels, Yasser SeirawanAlexey Root
USA Championship 1988St. LouisMichael Wilder-
USA Championship 1987St. LouisJoel Benjamin,Nick de FirmianAnna Akhsharumova
USA Championship 1986St. LouisYasser SeirawanInna Izrailov
USA Championship 1985St. LouisLev Alburt-
USA Championship 1984St. LouisLev AlburtDiane Savereide
USA Championship 1983St. LouisWalter Browne,Larry Christiansen,Roman Dzindzichashvili-
USA Championship 1981St. LouisWalter Browne,Yasser SeirawanDiane Savereide
USA Championship 1980St. LouisWalter Browne,Larry Christiansen,Larry Evans-
USA Championship 1978St. Louis-Rachel Crotto
USA Championship 1978St. LouisLubomir KavalekDiane Savereide - Rachel Crotto
USA Championship 1977St. LouisWalter Browne-
USA Championship 1976St. Louis-Diane Savereide
USA Championship 1975St. LouisWalter BrowneDiane Savereide
USA Championship 1974St. LouisWalter S. BrowneMona May Karff
USA Championship 1973St. LouisRobert Byrne-
USA Championship 1972St. LouisSamuel ReshevskyEva Aronson - Marilyn Koput
USA Championship 1969St. LouisSamuel Reshevsky-
USA Championship 1968St. LouisLarry EvansGisela Kahn Gresser
USA Championship 1967Beverwijk-Gisela Kahn Gresser
USA Championship 1966/7BeverwijkBobby FischerGisela Kahn Gresser - Lisa Lane
USA Championship 1965/6BeverwijkBobby FischerGisela Kahn Gresser
USA Championship 1964/6Beverwijk-Sonja Graf
USA Championship 1963/4BeverwijkBobby Fischer-
USA Championship 1961/2Women: NYCLarry EvansGisela Kahn Gresser
USA Championship 1960/1BeverwijkBobby FischerLisa Lane
USA Championship 1959/0BeverwijkBobby Fischer-
USA Championship 1958/9BeverwijkBobby Fischer-
USA Championship 1957/8BeverwijkBobby FischerGisela Kahn Gresser - Sonja Graf
USA Championship 1955Beverwijk-Gisela Kahn Gresser - Nancy Roos
USA Championship 1954BeverwijkArthur Bisguier-
USA Championship 1953Beverwijk-Mona May Karff
USA Championship 1952BeverwijkLarry Evans-
USA Championship 1951BeverwijkLarry EvansMary Bain
USA Championship 1948BeverwijkHerman SteinerGisela Kahn Gresser - Mona May Karff
USA Championship 1946BeverwijkSamuel ReshevskyMona May Karff
USA Championship 1944BeverwijkArnold DenkerGisela Kahn Gresser
USA Championship 1942BeverwijkSamuel ReshevskyMona May Karff
USA Championship 1941BeverwijkMona May Karff
USA Championship 1940BeverwijkSamuel ReshevskyAdele Rivero
USA Championship 1938BeverwijkSamuel ReshevskyMona May Karff
USA Championship 1937Beverwijk-Adele Rivero
USA Championship 1936BeverwijkSamuel Reshevsky-


USA Chess Championships  USA Chess Championships  USA Chess Championships