U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship are OFFICIALLY Postponed


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Rebecca Buffington
Saint Louis Chess Club
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For Immediate Release

U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship are Postponed

The premier events on the annual US Chess calendar will be held later in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns; Hall of Fame events also affected.

SAINT LOUIS, March 17, 2020 – Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) against gatherings of 50 people or more, and local Saint Louis protocols, the US Chess Federation and tournament organizer the Saint Louis Chess Club jointly announce that the 2020 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship are postponed until later in the year.

Above all, both organizations are most concerned with the health and well-being of the participants, spectators, and staff. Following the recommendations of authoritative sources such as the CDC is the best way for us to protect all. While this will be disappointing to many in the chess world, we are confident that this decision is appropriate in these extraordinary circumstances.