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St. Louisan claims U.S. chess title

St. Louisan claims U.S. chess title

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World's top-ranked Grandmasters stage chess exhibition

Chess legend Garry Kasparov and Sinquefield Cup champion Fabiano Caruana look on as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (left) and Hikaru Nakamura take their turn at a grandmaster exhibition team tournament at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis in the Central West End on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Eight of the greatest players in the world joined founder Rex Sinquefield and his son Randy for the light-hearted tournament following two weeks of competition. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS • Hikaru Nakamura, of St. Louis, came out on top of the U.S. Chess Championship that just wrapped up at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in the Central West End.

Nakamura claimed the U.S. title for the fourth time in his career, according to a press release from the chess club. His victory comes with a $45,000 top prize. He is currently ranked the No. 3 player in the world but has been ranked atop U.S. players for about five years.

Ray Robson, a player from Webster University, won $30,000 for second place.

Irina Krush, 31, won the U.S. Women’s Chess competition. The New York resident claimed the title for the seventh time and the fourth consecutive year.

Krush had trailed in the standings for much of the tournament, but closed with five straight wins to take the title.

She won a $20,000 prize.

Tying for second place among the women were Katerina Nemcova, also a Webster University player, and Nazi Paikidze, a player from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

The competition stretched over two weeks.

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