May 25, 2010
The blitz tournament associated with the 2010 U.S. Championship took place this evening, and it was quite a gathering. Perhaps the strongest blitz tournament ever in the U.S., there were titled players everywhere.
Walking to the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel, site of the tournament, I spotted GM Ben Finegold and GM Gregory Kaidanov. In the tournament hall, all or most of the players from the U.S. Championship were present, most of them participating in the blitz event.
I had the chance to speak with USCF Executive Director Bill Hall, and asked him if next year's U.S. Championship was set yet for St. Louis again. He smiled and responded, "You'll have to come back tomorrow night [at the closing ceremony] for more information about that."
When I asked GM Robert Hess about his school plans, he noted that he will be attending Yale University, but is uncertain if he will begin his studies this fall, or will seek a deferment for a year to further pursue his chess studies. I also asked if he was planning on participating in the U.S. Junior Championship later this summer; he commented that "Everyone is asking me that!" and said his plans weren't settled just yet.
I posed the same question to Dr. Gary Robson about his son's (Ray Robson) plans concerning the U.S. Championship. Of course, Ray is the defending U.S. Junior champion, but his father said that Ray may have the opportunity to work with some of the world's top junior players, such as Wesley So and Hou Yifan, at the same time the U.S. Junior Championship will take place. But Ray's plans are also up in the air a bit, so we'll see what happens.
Gary Robson also mentioned that next week, he is publishing an extensive biography of his son. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
For more info: See the official site for complete information regarding the 2010 U.S. Championship.