|$64,000 FISCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE|
|Written by MonRoi Support on Mon, May 11 2009 (15:46)|
For Immediate Release:
ST. LOUIS, May 11, 2009 -- After just four days of intense competition at the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship, all 24 original competitors plus one alternate have officially been eliminated from consideration for $64,000 in cash for the Fischer Memorial Prize. The prize was to have been awarded to any player who could 'run the table,' scoring a 9-0 sweep in the nine rounds of competition for the title of U.S. Chess Champion. The prize was in remembrance of the late American world champion Bobby Fischer, who scored an 11-0 victory in the 1963-64 U.S. Championship, the only perfect score in the event's 164-year history.
GM Joel Benjamin in St. Louis
The championship is a 9-round event, using the Swiss system with one round per day from Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 17, with a rest day on Friday, May 15. Guest commentary is being provided by Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade and Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky. Additionally, updates on the tournament are provided at the web site for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, http://www.saintlouischessclub.org
The United States Chess Federation is the official, not-for-profit U.S. membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to grand masters. Founded in 1939 with the merger of the American Chess Federation and the National Chess Federation, USCF has grown to more than 80,000 members and nearly 1,200 affiliated chess clubs and organizations. USCF sanctions 25 national championship award titles to both amateurs and professionals, ranging from elementary school students to senior citizens. For more information, visit http://www.uschess.org
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