BOTW: 2018.04.18

Eight of the world's top 10 players compete this week in two tournaments in St.Louis and Shamkir, Azerbaijan, on this week's Best of the Web...

US Chess Championship

 Two 12-player round robins to decide the US and US Women's Championship April 18-30, 2018, at the newly renamed St, Louis Chess Club.

Top players include the complete 2016 Olympiad winning team: Caruana, Nakamura, So, Robson, and Shankland. Juniors GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Awonder Laing will also compete.

In the Women's competition, 7-time US Champion GM Irina Krush and 4-time Champion Anna Zatonskih, and the two previous Champons -- Sabina Foisor and Nazi Paikidze -- all play. WGM Jennifer Yu, the top rated U16 female, also plays.

Live Games and Commentary
April 18-30, 2018. 1pm local, 2pm EST

Note: GM Eric Hansen is in St.Louis to do live on-site commentary for fans at the event, and is not part of the regular on-line team of Seirawan, Shahade, and Ashley.

Gashimov Memorial

The 5th Gashimov Memorial, honouring the memory of Azerbaijani GM Vugar Gashimov (who died at 27), takes place April 19-28, 2018 in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

The field includes World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and three of the recent Candidates finalists:

  Name FED Rating Rank
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2843 1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2814 2
Ding, Liren CHN 2778 8
Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2778 9
Giri, Anish NED 2777 10
Topalov, Veselin BUL 2749 17
Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2748 18
Navara, David CZR 2745 19
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2744 20
Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2704 38


Live Games
Start 3pm local, 7am EST.