2013 U.S. Championships (St. Louis, USA)

2013 U.S. Chess Championship

The 2013 U.S. Chess Championships kicked off without the defending champion Hikaru Nakamura who recently scored a sterling result in the FIDE Grand Prix. However, the field is led by Gata Kamsky along with a mixture of veterans and new faces. Twenty-four men and ten women qualified to vie for the prestigious crown with a $180,000 prize fund and a $64,000 prize for a perfect score.

This is the fifth consecutive time that the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis has hosted this prestigious event. The venue is stunningly beautiful and an appropriate conditions for the national championship. Rex Sinquefield has created what is arguably the centerpiece of American chess and is attracting international acclaim.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

The tournament will feature live streaming with commentary being done by GM Yasser Seirawan and WGM Jennifer Shahade with GM Maurice Ashley also providing color commentary and onsite interviews. The Chess Drum will be onsite for live coverage beginning May 8th. Follow the action!!

Live Games: https://www.uschesschamps.com/live

2013 U.S. Chess Championship
USA USA USA
Chess Club & Scholastic Center of St. Louis
U.S. Overall (by FIDE Rating)
#
Name
Title
Rating
Residence
1 Kamsky, Gata GM 2741
Brooklyn, New York
2 Gareev, Timur GM 2674
Brownsville, Texas
3 Onischuk, Alex GM 2666
Lubbock, Texas
4 Robson, Ray GM 2620
St. Louis, Missouri
5 Akobian, Varuzhan GM 2616
Topeka, Kansas
6 Shankland, Sam GM 2612
Berkeley, California
7 Hess, Robert GM 2595
New Haven, Connecticut
8 Kaidanov, Gregory GM 2593
Lexington, Kentucky
9 Christiansen, Larry GM 2579
Cambridge, Massachussetts
10 Shulman, Yury GM 2570
Chicago, Illinois
11 Stripunsky, Alexander GM 2570
Queens, New York
12 Ramirez, Alejandro GM 2551
Dallas, Texas
13 Shabalov, Alexander GM 2544
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14 Arnold, Mark GM 2538
New York City, New York
15 Benjamin, Joel GM 2534
New Jersey
16 Ivanov, Aleksandr GM 2529
Newton, Massachussetts
17 Khachiyan, Melikset GM 2518
Glendale, California
18 Holt, Conrad GM 2666
Wichita, Kansas
19 Finegold, Ben GM 2505
St. Louis, Missouri
20 Sammour-Hasbun, Jorge FM 2463
Warwich, Rhode Island
21 Norowitz, Yaacov IM* 2451
Brooklyn, New York
22 Bryant, John FM 2442
Tehachapi, California
23 Troff, Kayden IM 2421
West Jordan, Utah
24 Sevian, Samuel IM* 2371
Santa Clara, California
U.S. Women (by FIDE Rating)
1 Krush, Irina IM 2470
Brooklyn, New York
2 Zatonskih, Anna IM 2466
Germany
3 Foisor, Sabina WGM 2300
Baltimore, Maryland
4 Abrahamyan, Tatev WGM 2280
Glendale, California
5 Baginskaite, Camilla WGM 2278
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
6 Belakovskaia, Anjelina WGM 2263
Tucson, Arizona
7 Ni, Viktorija WIM 2262
Chicago, Illinois
8 Zenyuk, Irina WIM 2243
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
9 Kats, Alena WFM 2144
New York, New York
10 Chiang, Sarah WFM 2038
Dallas, Texas
Francisco Guadeloupe, Arbiter

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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  1. 2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #1 (Friday, 3 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 GM Kamsky, G 0.0 2741 GM Shabalov, A 0.0 2544 1-0
    2 GM Arnold, M 0.0 2538 GM Gareev, T 0.0 2674 0-1
    3 GM Onischuk, A 0.0 2666 GM Benjamin, J 0.0 2534 ½-½
    4 GM Ivanov, A 0.0 2529 GM Robson, R 0.0 2620 ½-½
    5 GM Akobian, V 0.0 2616 GM Khachiyan, M 0.0 2518 ½-½
    6 GM Holt, C 0.0 2513 GM Shankland, S 0.0 2612 1-0
    7 GM Hess, R 0.0 2595 GM Finegold, B 0.0 2505 ½-½
    8 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 0.0 2463 GM Kaidanov, G 0.0 2593 0-1
    9 GM Christiansen, L 0.0 2579 Norowitz, Y 0.0 2451 1-0
    10 FM Bryant, J 0.0 2442 GM Shulman, Y 0.0 2570 ½-½
    11 GM Stripunsky, A 0.0 2570 IM Troff, K 0.0 2421 0-1
    12 FM Sevian, S 0.0 2371 GM Ramirez, A 0.0 2551 ½-½
    Women
    1 WGM Abrahamyan, T 0.0 2280 WGM Foisor, S 0.0 2300 1-0
    2 WGM Baginskaite, C 0.0 2278 WIM Ni, V 0.0 2262 ½-½
    3 WFM Kats, A 0.0 2144 IM Krush, I 0.0 2470 0-1
    4 WIM Zenyuk, I 0.0 2243 WFM Chiang, S 0.0 2098 1-0
    5 IM Zatonskih, A 0.0 2466 WGM Belakovskaia, A 0.0 2263 1-0
    Games

  2. Allowing strong juniors to play in the US Championship is awesome! To also add Maurice Ashley makes it even better.

    1. I hope to see the “Young Lions” there one day. 🙂 … and look at Yaacov! I remember when he was playing in under-2200 not long ago. From a chess hustler to a respected professional playing in the U.S. championship. Kind of like a Sebastian Telfair schoolground legend story.

  3. 2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #2 (Saturday, 4 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 IM Troff, K W 1.0 2421 GM Kamsky, G 1.0 2741 0-1
    2 GM Gareev, T 1.0 2674 GM Christiansen, L M 1.0 2579 0-1
    3 GM Kaidanov, G S 1.0 2593 GM Holt, C 1.0 2513 ½-½
    4 GM Khachiyan, M 0.5 2518 GM Onischuk, A 0.5 2666 ½-½
    5 GM Robson, R 0.5 2620 FM Bryant, John D 0.5 2442 0-1
    6 GM Finegold, B 0.5 2505 GM Akobian, V 0.5 2616 ½-½
    7 GM Benjamin, J 0.5 2534 GM Hess, R 0.5 2595 1-0
    8 GM Shulman, Y 0.5 2570 FM Sevian, S 0.5 2371 ½-½
    9 GM Ramirez, A 0.5 2551 GM Ivanov, A 0.5 2529 1-0
    10 GM Shankland, S 0.0 2612 GM Arnold, M 0.0 2538 ½-½
    11 Norowitz, Y 0.0 2451 GM Stripunsky, A 0.0 2570 ½-½
    12 GM Shabalov, A 0.0 2544 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 0.0 2463 1-0
    Women
    1 WGM Foisor, S 0.0 2300 WGM Belakovskaia, A 0.0 2263 0-1
    2 WFM Chiang, S 0.0 2098 IM Zatonskih, A 1.0 2466 0-1
    3 IM Krush, I 1.0 2470 WIM Zenyuk, I 1.0 2243 1-0
    4 WIM Ni, V 0.5 2262 WFM Kats, A 0.0 2144 ½-½
    5 WGM Abrahamyan, T 1.0 2280 WGM Baginskaite, C 0.5 2278 1-0
    Games

  4. What a hum it would create to see the three young lions compete for the prestigious title of US Champion. I believe it’s a matter of time before we see it happen. As St. Louis chess club seems to be opening doors in a fair, equal and balance way.

  5. 2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #3 (Sunday, 5 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 GM Kamsky, G 2.0 2741 GM Christiansen, L 2.0 2579 1-0
    2 FM Bryant, J 1.5 2442 GM Kaidanov, G 1.5 2593 1-0
    3 GM Holt, C 1.5 2513 GM Ramirez, A 1.5 2551 1-0
    4 GM Gareev, T 1.0 2674 GM Benjamin, J 1.5 2534 ½-½
    5 GM Onischuk, A 1.0 2666 GM Finegold, B 1.0 2505 1-0
    6 GM Akobian, V 1.0 2616 IM Troff, K W 1.0 2421 1-0
    7 GM Khachiyan, M 1.0 2518 GM Shulman, Y 1.0 2570 ½-½
    8 FM Sevian, S 1.0 2371 GM Shabalov, A 1.0 2544 0-1
    9 GM Stripunsky, A 0.5 2570 GM Robson, R 0.5 2620 1-0
    10 GM Ivanov, A 0.5 2529 GM Shankland, S 0.5 2612 0-1
    11 GM Hess, R 0.5 2595 Norowitz, Y 0.5 2451 ½-½
    12 GM Arnold, 0.5 2538 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 0.0 2463 0-1
    Women
    1 WGM Baginskaite, C 0.5 2278 WGM Foisor, S 0.0 2300 1-0
    2 WFM Kats, A 0.5 2144 WGM Abrahamyan, T 2.0 2280 ½-½
    3 WIM Zenyuk, I 1.0 2243 WIM Ni, V 1.0 2262 1-0
    4 IM Zatonskih, A 2.0 2466 IM Krush, I 2.0 2470 0-1
    5 WGM Belakovskaia, A 1.0 2263 WFM Chiang, S 0.0 2098 1-0
    Games

  6. I don’t understand why the Young Lions don’t have FIDE ratings that are more commensurate with their USCF ratings. To the casual observer, it seems obvious that it must be their tournament choices that are causing the disparity. But what was so different about Kassa Korley’s tournament schedule that made him reach a peak of 2350 in FIDE back in 2011? The ironic thing is that last I heard, Korley has a losing record head-to-head against Justus Williams.

    1. The way it goes is that USCF ratings are usually 100 points inflated from FIDE rating. FIDE ratings are more competitive because of the stronger pool of players. Probably because they don’t play in many FIDE tournaments. All have played in youth tournaments, but that will not bring many ELO points. Games against all FIDE-rated players are now rated so they you may see a leveling out of ratings.

      1. Understood. Thanx. I guess the biggest disparity is seen with Josh Colas who several times has been around 200 points difference between USCF and FIDE. On the other end of the spectrum is Kassa Korley, who seems to have managed to keep his USCF and FIDE ratings around equal for a long time. He almost became an FM just a few months after he made 2300 USCF. His FIDE hovered just below his USCF from then on (up until recently where Kassa has taken a decline in FIDE).

        1. Kassa has been an FM for awhile now.

          In USCF tournaments, the tournament directors will add 100 points to FIDE ratings to establish a USCF rating. Eventually they will lower that inflation as the pool of talent starts to rise.

          There are only a few tournaments where you can get a good chance to play strong FIDE players each round. Generally the World Open was the marquee tournament, now there are a few more.

  7. 2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #4 (Monday, 6 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 GM Holt, C 2.5 2513 GM Kamsky, G 3.0 2741 0-1
    2 GM Christiansen, L 2.0 2579 FM Bryant, J 2.5 2442 1-0
    3 GM Shabalov, A 2.0 2544 GM Onischuk, A 2.0 2666 0-1
    4 GM Benjamin, J 2.0 2534 GM Akobian, V 2.0 2616 1-0
    5 GM Shulman, Y 1.5 2570 GM Gareev, T 1.5 2674 ½-½
    6 GM Shankland, S 1.5 2612 GM Stripunsky, A 1.5 2570 1-0
    7 GM Kaidanov, G 1.5 2593 GM Khachiyan, M 1.5 2518 ½-½
    8 GM Ramirez, A 1.5 2551 GM Hess, R 1.0 2595 1-0
    9 GM Finegold, B 1.0 2505 Norowitz, Y 1.0 2451 0-1
    10 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 1.0 2463 FM Sevian, S 1.0 2371 ½-½
    11 IM Troff, K 1.0 2421 GM Ivanov, A 0.5 2529 ½-½
    12 GM Robson, R 0.5 2620 GM Arnold, M 0.5 2538 1-0
    Women
    1 WGM Foisor, S 0.0 2300 WFM Chiang, S 0.0 2098 1-0
    2 IM Krush, I 3.0 2470 WGM Belakovskaia, A 2.0 2263 1-0
    3 WIM Ni, V 1.0 2262 IM Zatonskih, A 2.0 2466 0-1
    4 WGM Abrahamyan, T 2.5 2280 WIM Zenyuk, I 2.0 2243 1-0
    5 WGM Baginskaite, C 1.5 2278 WFM Kats, A 1.0 2144 ½-½
    Games

  8. 2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #5 (Tuesday, 7 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 GM Kamsky, G 4.0 2741 GM Benjamin, J 3.0 2534 ½-½
    2 GM Onischuk, A 3.0 2666 GM Christiansen, L 3.0 2579 1-0
    3 GM Ramirez, A 2.5 2551 GM Shankland, S 2.5 2612 1-0
    4 FM Bryant, J 2.5 2442 GM Holt, C 2.5 2513 ½-½
    5 GM Gareev, T 2.0 2674 GM Shabalov, A 2.0 2544 1-0
    6 GM Akobian, V 2.0 2616 GM Shulman, Y 2.0 2570 ½-½
    7 Norowitz, Y 2.0 2451 GM Kaidanov, G 2.0 2593 ½-½
    8 GM Khachiyan, M 2.0 2518 GM Robson, R 1.5 2620 0-1
    9 GM Stripunsky, A 1.5 2570 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 1.5 2463 1-0
    10 FM Sevian, S 1.5 2371 IM Troff, K 1.5 2421 0-1
    11 GM Ivanov, A 1.0 2529 GM Finegold, B 1.0 2505 ½-½
    12 GM Hess, R 1.0 2595 GM Arnold, M 0.5 2538 1-0
    Women
    1 WFM Kats, A 1.5 2144 WGM Foisor, S 1.0 2300 0-1
    2 WIM Zenyuk, I 2.0 2243 WGM Baginskaite, C 2.0 2278 ½-½
    3 IM Zatonskih, A 3.0 2466 WGM Abrahamyan, T 3.5 2280 ½-½
    4 WGM Belakovskaia, A 2.0 2263 WIM Ni, V 1.0 2262 0-1
    5 WFM Chiang, S 0.0 2098 IM Krush, I 4.0 2470 0-1
    Games

  9. Thank for the info. My comments about Kassa refer to ’09 when he first reached 2300 uscf. He got to 2296 FIDE just a few months later.

  10. I am working on correcting the rating difference. It was not until about 2 and half years ago, that someone told me the importance of getting a respectable FIDE rating. Up until that time, I would only have Josh play in the 2 or 3 days schedule in major tournaments. Those schedules were not counted for FIDE purposes. So his USCF rating was going up, but his FIDE rating was not moving. If you check his tournament history, you will see that he has only played in very few FIDE tournaments. Moving forward, he will mostly play FIDE tournament so his rating can truly be an indication of his strength.

    1. Games played at ratable time controls in FIDE events are rated. For example, in the 3-day schedule of the U2400 World Open, only the four games at 40/2, SD/1 would be FIDE rated. When such an event is played, USCF has to prepare a rating report for FIDE that excludes games played at improper time controls.

      I think this may explain why some stronger juniors (such as Josh Colas) have had FIDE ratings that lag more than the expected 50-100 points behind their USCF ratings, even though they’ve been playing FIDE rated events.

  11. I was able to visit the St. Louis CC last weekend. What a nice facility. I did tell Rex Sinquefield that I wished he had been around 25 years ago. The Central West End is a fitting neighborhood for the club.

  12. Round #6
    (Wednesday, 8 May 2013)

    Alexander Onischuk faces off against leader Gata Kamsky.

    Alexander Onischuk faces off against leader Gata Kamsky.

    2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #6 (Wednesday, 8 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 GM Onischuk, A 4.0 2666 GM Kamsky, G 4.5 2741 ½-½
    2 GM Benjamin, J 3.5 2534 GM Ramirez, A 3.5 2551 0-1
    3 FM Bryant, J 3.0 2442 GM Gareev, T 3.0 2674 ½-½
    4 GM Christiansen, L M 3.0 2579 GM Holt, C 3.0 2513 0-1
    5 GM Robson, R 2.5 2620 GM Shulman, Y 2.5 2570 1-0
    6 Norowitz, Y 2.5 2451 GM Akobian, V 2.5 2616 ½-½
    7 GM Shankland, S L 2.5 2612 IM Troff, K 2.5 2421 ½-½
    8 GM Kaidanov, G 2.5 2593 GM Stripunsky, A 2.5 2570 ½-½
    9 GM Shabalov, A 2.0 2544 GM Hess, R 2.0 2595 1-0
    10 GM Finegold, B 1.5 2505 GM Khachiyan, M 2.0 2518 1-0
    11 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 1.5 2463 GM Ivanov, A 1.5 2529 1-0
    12 GM Arnold, M 0.5 2538 FM Sevian, S 1.5 2371 ½-½
    Women
    1 WGM Foisor, S 2.0 2300 IM Krush, I 5.0 2470 ½-½
    2 WIM Ni, V 2.0 2262 WFM Chiang, S 0.0 2098 0-1
    3 WGM Abrahamyan, T 4.0 2280 WGM Belakovskaia, A 2.0 2263 1-0
    4 WGM Baginskaite, C 2.5 2278 IM Zatonskih, A 3.5 2466 0-1
    5 WFM Kats, A 1.5 2144 WIM Zenyuk, I 2.5 2243 ½-½
    Games

  13. 2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #7 Friday, 10 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 GM Kamsky, G 5.0 2741 GM Ramirez, A 4.5 2551 ½-½
    2 GM Holt, C 4.0 2513 GM Onischuk, A 4.5 2666 ½-½
    3 GM Gareev, T 3.5 2674 GM Robson, R 3.5 2620 1-0
    4 GM Benjamin, J 3.5 2534 FM Bryant, J 3.5 2442 1-0
    5 GM Akobian, V 3.0 2616 GM Shabalov, A 3.0 2544 0-1
    6 GM Shankland, S 3.0 2612 Norowitz, Y 3.0 2451 1-0
    7 IM Troff, K 3.0 2421 GM Kaidanov, G 3.0 2593 ½-½
    8 GM Stripunsky, A 3.0 2570 GM Christiansen, L 3.0 2579 0-1
    9 GM Shulman, Y 2.5 2570 GM Finegold, B 2.5 2505 0-1
    10 GM Hess, R 2.0 2595 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 2.5 2463 ½-½
    11 FM Sevian, S 2.0 2371 GM Khachiyan, M 2.0 2518 1-0
    12 GM Ivanov, A 1.5 2529 GM Arnold, M 1.0 2538 0-1
    Women
    1 WIM Zenyuk, I 3.0 2243 WGM Foisor, S 2.5 2300 1-0
    2 IM Zatonskih, A 4.5 2466 WFM Kats, A 2.0 2144 1-0
    3 WGM Belakovskaia, A 2.0 2263 WGM Baginskaite, C 2.5 2278 ½-½
    4 WFM Chiang, S 1.0 2098 WGM Abrahamyan, T 5.0 2280 ½-½
    5 IM Krush, I 5.5 2470 WIM Ni, V 2.0 2262 1-0
    Games

  14. Webster University at the U.S. Championships

    Part of Webster University's National Championship team. They were hanging out at the U.S. Championships. They would be a strong Olympiad team as well!! L-R: GM Ray Robson (USA), GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba), GM Wesley So (Philippines), GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico).

    Part of Webster University’s National Championship team. They were hanging out at the U.S. Championships… well Ray was actually playing! They would be a strong Olympiad team as well!! L-R: GM Ray Robson (USA), GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba), GM Wesley So (Philippines), GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico). Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

  15. Photos from Round #8
    (Saturday, 11 May 2013)

    Round Eight... the penultimate round!

    Round Eight… the penultimate round!

    GM Alejandro Ramirez has fully deemed himself from last year's poor showing. He is still in the running for the title.

    GM Alejandro Ramirez (left) has fully deemed himself from last year’s poor showing. He is still in the running for the title.

    WGM Tatev Abrahamyan vs. Irina Krush, 0-1

    WGM Tatev Abrahamyan vs. Irina Krush, 0-1

    2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #8 Saturday, 11 May 2013)
    # White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 GM Kamsky, G 5.5 2741 GM Gareev, T 4.5 2674 ½-½
    2 GM Ramirez, A 5.0 2551 GM Onischuk, A 5.0 2666 ½-½
    3 GM Holt, C 4.5 2513 GM Benjamin, J 4.5 2534 1-0
    4 GM Christiansen, L 4.0 2579 GM Shankland, S 4.0 2612 1-0
    5 GM Shabalov, A 4.0 2544 GM Robson, R 3.5 2620 0-1
    6 GM Kaidanov, G 3.5 2593 GM Finegold, B 3.5 2505 ½-½
    7 IM Troff, K 3.5 2421 FM Bryant, J 3.5 2442 1-0
    8 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 3.0 2463 GM Akobian, V 3.0 2616 0-1
    9 Norowitz, Y 3.0 2451 FM Sevian, S 3.0 2371 ½-½
    10 GM Hess, R 2.5 2595 GM Stripunsky, A 3.0 2570 1-0
    11 GM Arnold, M 2.0 2538 GM Shulman, Y 2.5 2570 ½-½
    12 GM Khachiyan, M 2.0 2518 GM Ivanov, A 1.5 2529 ½-½
    Women
    1 WGM Foisor, S 2.5 2300 WIM Ni, V 2.0 2262 1-0
    2 WGM Abrahamyan, T 5.5 2280 IM Krush, I 6.5 2470 0-1
    3 WGM Baginskaite, C 3.0 2278 WFM Chiang, S 1.5 2098 1-0
    4 WFM Kats, A 2.0 2144 WGM Belakovskaia, A 2.5 2263 1-0
    5 WIM Zenyuk, I 4.0 2243 IM Zatonskih, A 5.5 2466 0-1
    Games

  16. Round #9
    (Sunday, 12 May 2013)

    2013 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Round #9 (Sunday, 12 May 2013)
    Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result
    1 GM Robson, R 4.5 2620 GM Kamsky, G 6.0 2741 ½-½
    2 GM Ramirez, A 5.5 2551 GM Christiansen, L 5.0 2579 1-0
    3 GM Gareev, T 5.0 2674 GM Holt, C 5.5 2513 1-0
    4 GM Onischuk, A 5.5 2666 IM Troff, K 4.5 2421 ½-½
    5 GM Benjamin, J 4.5 2534 GM Shankland, S 4.0 2612 ½-½
    6 GM Akobian, V 4.0 2616 GM Kaidanov, G 4.0 2593 1-0
    7 GM Finegold, B 4.0 2505 GM Shabalov, A 4.0 2544 0-1
    8 FM Sevian, S 3.5 2371 GM Hess, R 3.5 2595 ½-½
    9 FM Bryant, J 3.5 2442 Norowitz, Y 3.5 2451 0-1
    10 GM Shulman, Y 3.0 2570 FM Sammour-Hasbun, J 3.0 2463 1-0
    11 GM Stripunsky, A 3.0 2570 GM Ivanov, A 2.0 2529 0-1
    12 GM Khachiyan, M 2.5 2518 GM Arnold, M 2.5 2538 ½-½
    Women
    1 IM Zatonskih, A 6.5 2466 WGM Foisor, S 3.5 2300 1-0
    2 WGM Belakovskaia, A 2.5 2263 WIM Zenyuk, I 4.0 2243 ½-½
    3 WFM Chiang, S 1.5 2098 WFM Kats, A 3.0 2144 1-0
    4 IM Krush, I 7.5 2470 WGM Baginskaite, C 4.0 2278 ½-½
    5 WIM Ni, V 2.0 2262 WGM Abrahamyan, T 5.5 2280 0-1
    Games

  17. 2014 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Standings
    Rank Name Score M/F Rating TPR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    1 GM Kamsky, Gata 6.5 M 2741 2733 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
    2 GM Ramirez, Alejandro 6.5 M 2551 2737 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1
    3 GM Onischuk, Alexander 6.0 M 2666 2670 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½
    4 GM Gareev, Timur 6.0 M 2674 2690 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1
    5 GM Holt, Conrad 5.5 M 2513 2679 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 0
    6 GM Christiansen, Larry M 5.0 M 2579 2623 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
    7 GM Shabalov, Alexander 5.0 M 2544 2626 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
    8 GM Robson, Ray 5.0 M 2620 2613 ½ 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 ½
    9 IM Troff, Kayden W 5.0 M 2421 2614 1 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½
    10 GM Benjamin, Joel 5.0 M 2534 2644 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 ½
    11 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 5.0 M 2616 2554 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1
    12 Norowitz, Yaacov 4.5 M 2451 2543 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1
    13 GM Shankland, Samuel L 4.5 M 2612 2521 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½
    14 GM Kaidanov, Gregory S 4.0 M 2593 2457 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
    15 GM Shulman, Yury 4.0 M 2570 2484 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1
    16 GM Finegold, Benjamin 4.0 M 2505 2522 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 0
    17 FM Sevian, Samuel 4.0 M 2371 2474 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½
    18 GM Hess, Robert L 4.0 M 2595 2460 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½
    19 FM Bryant, John Daniel 3.5 M 2442 2471 ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0
    20 GM Ivanov, Alexander 3.0 M 2529 2408 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1
    21 GM Arnold, Marc T 3.0 M 2538 2425 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½
    22 FM Sammour-Hasbun, Jorge E. 3.0 M 2463 2422 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0
    23 GM Khachiyan, Melikset 3.0 M 2518 2431 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½
    24 GM Stripunsky, Alexander 3.0 M 2570 2415 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 0
    Women
    Rank Name Score M/F Rating TPR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    1 IM Krush, Irina 8.0 F 2470 2613 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½
    2 IM Zatonskih, Anna 7.5 F 2466 2535 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1
    3 WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 6.5 F 2280 2446 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1
    4 WIM Zenyuk, Iryna 4.5 F 2243 2285 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½
    5 WGM Baginskaite, Camilla 4.5 F 2278 2281 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½
    6 WGM Foisor, Sabina 3.5 F 2300 2198 0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 0
    7 WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina 3.0 F 2263 2157 0 1 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½
    8 WFM Kats, Alena 3.0 F 2144 2171 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0
    9 WFM Chiang, Sarah 2.5 F 2098 2130 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 1
    10 WIM Ni, Viktorija 2.0 F 2262 2062 ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    All PGN Games (Men, Women)

  18. Gata Kamsky 2013 U.S. Chess Champion

    Alejandro Ramirez resigns... Gata is the 2013 U.S. Champion!

    Alejandro Ramirez congratulates the new champion upon resigning.
    Great showing!

    Gata Kamsky receives his check for US$30,000 at the Closing Ceremonies.

    Gata Kamsky receives his check for US$30,000 at the Closing Ceremonies.
    Photos by Daaim Shabazz.

  19. Disappointing finish for John Bryant…but I suspect he’ll be a GM soon enough. He was on his way to another GM norm at the start.

    Congratulations, of course, to Gata Kamsky for his fourth US title. Also, congratulations to Alejandro Ramirez, who seems to have taken a big step up in class over the last year or so.

    As for the women, it appears Irina Krush (at least for now) is clearly the best in the US, with Zatonskih second, and everyone else fighting for the next tier.

  20. Daim,
    It was great talking to you tonight at the closing ceremony of the U.S. Championship in St. Louis. I just remembered our game from the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel …the 2011 Florida chess championship. Good defense on your part. I love your website. Keep up the good work.
    larry Storch

    1. I was surprised you were covering the event, but good to see a familiar face from Florida. I checked out some of your reports.

      I’m trying to play in more Florida events, so you may be seeing me more.

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