Have you heard of GM Jeffrey Xiong yet? If not, pay attention! He’s been tearing it up the past year, has become the nation’s second-youngest GM (behind 13-year-old Sam Sevian), and will be competing in the 2016 men’s US Chess Championship this week.
US Chess Championship Players
The table below shows the twelve players on the men’s side. The seeds were determined primarily by USCF rating with some adjustments (I am not sure when exactly the seeds were calculated, but I imagine that the players’ ratings were a bit different–in the table I show their current USCF ratings and ranks). I included the players’ current FIDE ratings and ranks as well for reference.
|Seed||Player||FIDE Ratinga||FIDE Rankb||USCF Ratingc||USCF Rankd|
A couple notable players who will not be participating in the event are GM Daniel Naroditsky and GM Timur Gareev. The invitations to the tournament were decided by USCF ratings, with several adjustments based on recent player activity, so one or more of these adjustments must have accounted for why these players were not invited.
Previous US Chess Champions
You can find a list of all the previous US Chess Champions here. Of all the participants, Kamsky actually leads the field with number of titles (5). Nakamura and Shabalov have four titles each. Onischuk has one title. The rest of the players are competing for their first title.
Caruana and So previously had affiliations with Italy and the Philippines, respectively, so they will surely compete for some titles in the coming years now (Wesley So already participated in 2015). Otherwise, Nakamura might have accumulated several more titles by the end of his career, but the path to each championship will be much tougher now for all players.
Where to Watch the US Chess Championship
You can follow the tournament action here. The tournament begins on April 13 and closes on the final day of the month.