The rating supplements and criteria used to determine the players who will be selected by rating for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Championship and 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship have been set.
The May 2010 supplement of the USCF’s rating list will be used to determine the seven players who will be selected by rating for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Championship.
For the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, only the top players under 20 as of Jan. 1, 2010 will be eligible. The seven players selected by rating will be based on the average of their peak rating over the past year and their rating as published in the April 2010 supplement of the USCF’s rating list.
The USCF awarded the 2010 U.S. Women’s Championship and the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis at the end of February. The two events will be held concurrently July 9-19.
The U.S. Women’s Championship will feature a prize fund at least as large as last year’s record-breaking, $64,000 purse. The tournaments will take place simultaneously, and each will feature a 10-player field.
The invitees will consist of the following: (1) the defending champion for each event, (2) the U.S. Women’s Open Champion/The U.S. Junior Open Champion, (3-9) top players by rating, and (10) a wild card for each event.
“Encouraging more women and juniors to play chess are both vital goals of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis,” said Executive Director Tony Rich. “So we are very excited to host the tournaments simultaneously.”
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