The 2016 U.S. Championships are going to take place from April 13 through April 29 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). It will be divided in men and women events each featuring 12 players in a single round robin of classical chess. The top three players will compete in a special blitz round robin format against Garry Kasparov. Here is the official press release of CCSCSL.
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- The four players will face each other in three round-robins per day, for a total of 18 games.
- There will be small breaks between rounds (1-2 minutes) and longer breaks between each round-robin (10-15 minutes)
- The time control will be for the game in five minutes with a three-second delay (not increment).
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is happy to provide a total prize fund of $50,000 for the blitz event. Garry Kasparov has generously offered to donate his prize winnings to support the U.S. Olympiad team—both very generous and helpful as America fields its strongest Olympiad team in decades. In the event of tied final scores, prizes will be divided evenly.
The prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 1st: $20,000
- 2nd: $15,000
- 3rd: $10,000
- 4th: $ 5,000