Hikaru Nakamura and Jennifer Yu are U.S. Chess Champions

03.31.19 The U.S. Chess Championship went down to the wire this afternoon in St. Louis where, in the final round, the three top players---Nakamura, Caruana, and Dominguez--had 7.0 points. Caruara was first to draw. When Nakamura pulled off a win with Black vs Xiong, all eyes were on Dominguez-Gareyev. The native Cuban, now playing for the U.S., had an extra knight but with only two rook-pawns on the board he could not convert the win. With that, Hikaru Nakamura became the 2019 U.S. Champion. Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Yu had already wrapped up the U.S. Women's Championship title with a round to spare but for good measure won her last game vs Carissa Yip for an incredible 10 points in eleven games.

Congratulations to the new U.S. Chess Champions! Jennifer Yu and Hikaru Nakamura
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Nakamura inched past Caruana and Dominguez in the last round to clinch the title.

2019 U.S. Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura

An absolutely scintillating performance of 10 points in eleven rounds by Yu brought the title home with with one round to spare.

2019 U.S. Women's Champion Jennifer Yu

Full coverage of the 2019 U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women's Championship including round-by-round video coverage, player interviews, games, and results is available at USChessChamps.com.

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