The 108th version of the U.S. Open began on July 28th with four schedules. Amon Simutowe is currently on 4-0 in the traditional schedule. Hikaru Nakamura and U.S. champ Alexander Shabalov are expected to play in the 5-day schedule.
The U.S. Open is not the premier U.S. tournament and many of the top Grandmasters are not present. Besides Nakamura, Sergey Kudrin leads a field of about 400 players.
The U.S. Open is also host to the United States Chess Federation’s committee sessions and workshops. It is also during this tournament that both the Arnold Denker Tournament of Champions and the Susan Polgar Championship for Girls tournaments are running. This tournament features the male and female high school champions from each state and features up-and-coming stars. Jimmy Canty III of Detroit, Michigan and Darrian Robinson of Brooklyn, NY are making their debuts.
Daaim Shabazz, “2007 U.S. Open: 5-way tie on “D-Day,” 6 August 2007.
Daaim Shabazz, “2007 U.S. Open: 3-way tie for 1st after seven,” 4 August 2007.
Daaim Shabazz, “2007 U.S. Open: Simutowe upsets Nakamura!” 4 August 2007.
Daaim Shabazz, “2007 U.S. Open: Simutowe leads with 5-0!” 2 August 2007.