Carissa Yip to defend her junior chess title next month

File photoCarissa Yip of Andover, the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior Chess Champion, seen here in a 2017 photo, will be defending her title next month in St. Louis.

This summer marks a hallmark first for St. Louis, America’s Chess capital, as the Saint Louis Chess Club will host national championships showcasing the best of American junior and senior chess.

For the first time-ever, the U.S. Senior Championship - an invitation-only tournament for the top 10 players in the United States over 50 years old - will run simultaneously with the U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships from July 10-20.

“One of the best aspects of chess is that it’s truly a game for life,” said Tony Rich, executive director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “There is no better example of this than the incredible chess that will be witnessed from July 10-20 at the U.S. Junior, U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Senior Championship. We’ve been proud to host the future of chess annually with the U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship for the past 10 years, but the addition of the U.S. Senior Championship makes this year even more special.”

The three, 10-player fields in the coming championships will tie together chess past and future for a celebration of the best of chess.

In the women’s championship, all eyes will be on 17-year-old Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Yu, who made history as the first teenager to win the U.S. Women’s Championship in nearly 20 years this March with a dominating 10/11 score. Yu will be competing for her share of the $20,000 prize fund against all male opponents.

The future of women’s chess in America is bright and will be on full display during the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Headlining players include Maggie Feng, Emily Nguyen, and defending champion Carissa Yip, whose electric strategies and tactics put them among the brightest young minds in the game.

Along with winning the title, players will be up for the chance to win a piece of the more than $10,000 prize fund.

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