2014 U.S. Championships: More Thrills

2014 U.S. Chess Championship
USA USA USA
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Round #10 (Sunday, 18 May 2013)
Overall
Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result
1 GM Onischuk, Alexander 4.5 2668 GM Naroditsky, Daniel 4.5 2543 ½-½
2 GM Molner, Mackenzie 3.0 2522 GM Lenderman, Aleksandr 6.0 2582 ½-½
3 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 6.0 2643 GM Kamsky, Gata 5.5 2713 ½-½
4 GM Friedel, Joshua E 5.5 2505 GM Shankland, Samuel L 4.5 2634 0-1
5 GM Gareev, Timur 4.0 2653 GM Erenburg, Sergey 2.5 2633 0-1
6 GM Ramirez, Alejandro 3.5 2595 GM Robson, Ray 4.5 2631 ½-½
Games

2014 U.S. Chess Championship

GM Maurice Ashley has done a wonderful job which prompted Romanian WGM Alina L’Ami to post on his Facebook page, “Makes me believe that chess was simply made for TV! Enjoying the show.” He has certainly made the championship exciting. Great job!

THE HOME STRETCH!

The plot thickens as the U.S. Championship is in its last stage with endless possibilities. Leading up to the final round, there are still chances of a playoff, but in what could not have been scripted any better Alex Lenderman and Varuzhan Akobian will play for the title. Gata Kamsky must beat Josh Friedel in case that game is drawn. A three-way playoff will take place to determine the winner.

2014 U.S. Chess Championship

While Friedel gets an “A” for his stylish hat, he gets an “F” for his lackluster performance against Shankland.

2014 U.S. Chess Championship

Shankland seems to revel in being the “spoiler”. He has beaten three contenders in Akobian, Lenderman and now Friedel.

In round #10, Sam Shankland is eliminated from the championship, but also took Friedel with him after slowly outplaying him in an impressive showing. While both are eliminated from championship contention, Shankland still has a chance for an Olympiad spot if Lenderman should lose in his finale.

In the other decisive game, Timur Gareev continued his tumble with another lost to tailender Sergey Erenburg. Not sure why Gareev is having such a poor showing. Too much blindfold? Not enough preparation? This is exactly the reason that the U.S. Championship should be an Olympiad qualifier for the entire team. Gareev would have otherwise qualified (pending his travel documents), but would he truly deserve a spot? Not with his performance here.

2014 U.S. Chess Championship

The wheels fell off for Timur Gareev. Another loss to tailender Sergey Erenburg and this is a tournament he’d rather forget.

All other games were drawing in various endings.

All photos by Lennart Ootes.

Catch live commentary of the event with GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade at www.uschesschamps.com/live.

Official Site: https://www.uschesschamps.com/

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  1. 2014 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Standings (Overall)
    Rank Name Score M/F Rating TPR W-We 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    1 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 6.5 M 2643 2720 +1.04 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 0 ½
    2 GM Lenderman, Aleksandr 6.5 M 2582 2720 +1.89 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 ½
    3 GM Kamsky, Gata 6.0 M 2713 2682 -0.38 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
    4 GM Shankland, Samuel L 5.5 M 2634 2640 +0.11 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1
    5 GM Friedel, Joshua E 5.5 M 2505 2646 +1.92 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0
    6 GM Onischuk, Alexander 5.0 M 2668 2602 -0.90 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
    7 GM Robson, Ray 5.0 M 2631 2602 -0.40 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½
    8 GM Naroditsky, Daniel 5.0 M 2543 2626 +1.11 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½
    9 GM Gareev, Timur 4.0 M 2653 2532 -1.68 ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0
    10 GM Ramirez, Alejandro 4.0 M 2595 2537 -0.80 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½
    11 GM Erenburg, Sergey 3.5 M 2633 2499 -1.81 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1
    12 GM Molner, Mackenzie 3.5 M 2522 2516 -0.10 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
    All PGN Games (Overall)

    2014 U.S. Chess Championship
    USA USA USA
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Women
    Rank Name Score M/F Rating TPR W-We 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    1 GM Krush, Irina 6.0 F 2489 2463 -0.13 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
    2 IM Zatonskih, Anna 6.0 F 2469 2454 -0.02 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 0
    3 WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 5.5 F 2366 2404 +0.49 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
    4 WGM Nemcova, Katerina 4.5 F 2282 2286 +0.12 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½
    5 WIM Zenyuk, Iryna 4.0 F 2249 2287 +0.41 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½
    6 NM Eswaran, Ashritha 3.5 F 1979 2225 +2.22 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 0
    7 WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca 3.0 F 2238 2223 -0.27 1 1 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0
    8 WIM Ni, Viktorija 3.0 F 2206 2163 -0.56 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1
    9 FM Melekhina, Alisa 3.0 F 2151 2200 +0.33 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½
    10 WGM Baginskaite, Camilla 1.5 F 2267 2007 -2.59 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½
    All PGN Games (Women)

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