2013 U.S. Championships (Round #9)


GM Maurice Ashley did an excellent job with on the spot analysis.

GM Maurice Ashley did an excellent job with on the spot analysis.

GM Maurice Ashley did an excellent job with on the spot analysis.

WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Yasser Seirawan gave star commentary and kept the broadcast interesting. What a great team the three make!

Wow! What an ending. Alejandro Ramirez came through with a clutch win over Larry Christiansen putting him in a virtual tie for first with Gata Kamsky. Kamsky was held for the fifth game in a row and perhaps his motivation is a factor since he has already clinched a spot in the World Cup. Thus, Ramirez rallied and won a pivotal game against “Big Larry”.

Ramirez 'stormed the barricades' of Christiansen's forces and has rallied into joint first.

Ramirez ‘stormed the barricades’ of Christiansen’s forces and has rallied into joint first.

Perhaps Ramirez has been reading Christiansen’s “Storming the Barricades” or “Rocking the Ramparts” because that is exactly what he did against the author. Kamsky on the other hand, played an unusual 5…b6 and white got a comfortable edge. Robson later seized an opportunity and sacrificed an exchange for a pawn and stated later that he overestimated his chances. The game had a few volleys, but a dynamic equality was achieved.

Kamsky's sluggish second half has made him vulnerable. Going into the playoffs, it is not a good state of affairs.

Kamsky’s sluggish second half has made him vulnerable. Going into the playoffs, it is not a good state of affairs.

By the way, both Christiansen and Alexander Shabalov were the two players who had all decisive results. Shabalov ended with a nice combination (22…Ne2+!) against Ben Finegold, true to his swashbuckling style. On other action young debutant Kayden Troff ended his tournament on a high note by drawing Onischuk and ending on +1 and a 2614 performance rating. GM Conrad Holt ended on a loss against GM Timur Gareev, but ended on +2 and 2679 performance rating. Twelve-year old Samuel Sevian also had a respectable result with -1 and 2474 performance.

In the women’s competition, Irina Krush successfully defended her title with a draw against Camilla Baginskaite. Actually, Krush had winning chances, but decided to accept the half-point and thus clinching the title. Meanwhile Anna Zatonskih finished a strong second half with another win this time over Sabina Foisor. Both Krush and Zatonskih have traded titles for the last decade.

Video by Macauley Petersen for uschesschamps.com.

Playoff Regulations

Both Ramirez will play a playoff with the following conditions (from the official regulations):

Two Players: The tie will be broken with a two-game rapid match (G/25+5). If the contest is still undecided, the match will be decided by an Armageddon Game.

An Armageddon Game is defined as a game with 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) with which they are willing to play in order to choose their color. The Player who bids the lowest amount of time chooses his 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.

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

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  2. Photos from Round #9
    Photos by Daaim Shabazz.

    Maurice Ashley waiting on the playoff round to commence! Macauley Peterson is in the production booth.

    Maurice Ashley waiting on the playoff round to commence! Macauley Peterson is in the production booth.

    International Arbiter Carol Jarecki gives the honor of ringing the opening bell to a guest GM.

    International Arbiter Carol Jarecki gives the honor of ringing the opening bell to a guest GM.

    IM Irina Krush vs. WGM Camilla Baginskaite, 1/2-1/2.

    IM Irina Krush vs. WGM Camilla Baginskaite, 1/2-1/2.

    GM Alexander Onischuk vs. IM Kayden Troff, 1/2-1/2.

    GM Alexander Onischuk vs. IM Kayden Troff, 1/2-1/2.

    GM Ray Robson vs. GM Gata Kamsky, 1/2-1/2.

    GM Ray Robson vs. GM Gata Kamsky, 1/2-1/2.

    GM Varuzhan Akobian vs. GM Gregory Kaidanov, 1-0.

    GM Varuzhan Akobian vs. GM Gregory Kaidanov, 1-0.

    
GM Alejandro Ramirez vs. GM Larry Christiansen, 1-0.


    GM Alejandro Ramirez vs. GM Larry Christiansen, 1-0.

    GM Timur Gareev arrives a bit late. GM Conrad Holt prepared for first move.

    GM Timur Gareev arrives a bit late. GM Conrad Holt prepared for first move.

    FM Samuel Sevian vs. GM Robert Hess, 1/2-1/2.

    FM Samuel Sevian vs. GM Robert Hess, 1/2-1/2.

    
WGM Anjelina Belakovaskaia vs. WIM Iryna Zenyuk, 1/2-1/2.

    WGM Anjelina Belakovaskaia vs. WIM Iryna Zenyuk, 1/2-1/2.

    GM Susan Polgar getting some shots of the venue.

    GM Susan Polgar getting some shots of the venue.

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