Congratulations to IM Anna Zatonskih for winning the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship!

IM Anna Zatonskih displayed a resilient fighting spirit to win her fourth U.S. Women's Championship title.

Pairings, Crosstables, and PGN Downloads

The 2011 U.S. Women’s Championship format will feature a preliminary round robin with eight players. The top four players will advance to a four-player knockout. The semi-finals and finals will consist of two game matches.


Players (click here to see player bios)


Access to the U.S. Women's Championship is free for annual members of the club. For everyone else, click here for ticket options. Members and non-members alike can check out the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and All Access Pass for additional savings!

Prize Fund


There will be $2,000 in bonus prizes:

  • After the preliminary round bonus prizes will be awarded:
    • $1,000 to the first-place finisher of the round robin
    • $600 for second place in the round robin
    • $400 for third place in the round robin

Additionally, $5,000 will be set aside to award Best Game Prizes throughout both the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women's Championship.


Chief Arbiter: IA Carol Jarecki

Assistant Arbiter: Tony Rich


GM Maurice Ashley

WGM Jennifer Shahade

Time Control

The time control used will be the FIDE standard of 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by the rest of the game in 30 minutes with a 30-second increment from move one.


Semifinals and finals tiebreaks will consist of a two-game rapid match (G/25+5 second increment). If the contest is still undecided, the match will go to a rapid Armageddon bidding game with a base time of 45 minutes for each Player. Black will have draw odds. Each Player shall bid an amount of time (minutes and seconds, a number equal to or less than 45:00) they are willing to play with in order to choose their color. The Player who bids the lowest amount of time chooses her color and begins with that amount of time; the other Player receives 45:00. If both Players bid exactly the same amount of time, the Chief Arbiter will flip a coin to determine who shall choose their color.