Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Levon Advances to US Championship

IM Levon Altounian has advanced to next month's US Championship. Levon won a spot in the tournament by defeating Damir Studen 1.5 - .5 in the finals of the ICC Champion of Champions tournament.

The US Championship will take place May 14 - 25 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The tournament will include 24 of the top players in the country competing for the title and share of the $170,000 prize fund.

The 24 invited players include:
  • The defending U.S. Champion - GM Hikaru Nakamura
  • The winner of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship - GM Larry Christiansen
  • The winner of the 2009 U.S. Junior Championship - GM Ray Robson
  • The top five qualifiers from the 2009 U.S. Open Championship - GM-elect Alex Lenderman, GMs Sergey Kudrin, Alex Yermolinsky, Dmitry Gurevich, and Jesse Kraai
  • The winner of the 2010 ICC State Champion of Champions - IM Levon Altounian
  • The top 11 U.S. players by rating of the United States Chess Federation:
GM Gata Kamsky
GM Alexander Onischuk
GM Varuzhan Akobian
GM Yury Shulman
GM Jaan Ehlvest
GM Alexander Shabalov
GM Gregory Kaidanov
GM Robert Hess
GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Ben Finegold
  • Four wildcard spots - TBD
Congratulations, Levon and good luck!!!

1 comment:

javacup said...

Awesome Levon. Congratulations and good luck for your next tournament.