2015 U.S. Chess Championships (Round #9)

2015 U.S. Chess Championship
USA USA USA
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Round #9 (Friday, 10 April 2015)
Overall
Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result
1 GM Kamsky, Gata 4.5 2683 GM Troff, Kayden W 4.0 2532 ½-½
2 GM So, Wesley 4.5 2788 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 3.0 2622 0F-1F
3 GM Naroditsky, Daniel 1.5 2633 GM Holt, Conrad 3.5 2530 1-0
4 GM Shankland, Samuel L 4.0 2661 GM Onischuk, Alexander 4.5 2665 ½-½
5 GM Sevian, Samuel 4.0 2531 GM Robson, Ray 5.5 2656 ½-½
6 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 6.0 2798 GM Gareev, Timur 3.0 2604 ½-½
Women
Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result
1 WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca 4.0 2235 WCM Virkud, Apurva 3.0 2132 1-0
2 WIM Ni, Viktorija 4.5 2188 WGM Nemcova, Katerina 6.5 2279 ½-½
3 IM Paikidze, Nazi 5.0 2333 WFM Yu, Jennifer R 2.0 2180 1-0
4 GM Krush, Irina 6.0 2477 WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 4.5 2322 1-0
5 IM Goletiani, Rusudan 5.0 2311 FM Melekhina, Alisa 2.0 2235 ½-½
6 WGM Sharevich, Anna 4.0 2267 WIM Wang, Annie 1.5 1901 ½-½
Games (Men, Women)

Round #9: World stunned by So forfeit… fierce debate ensues.

The long and short of it (pun intended).

The long and short of it (pun intended).
Photo by Lennart Ootes.

Round nine will go down in history as a memorable lesson in chess etiquette and rules. The shock of Wesley So’s forfeiture reverberated around the world and the view were pointed and in many cases diametrically opposed. Some wished for sympathy and further warning before a irreversible punishment was meted out. Others agreed with the ruling citing earlier warnings and complaints. The conversation will continue long after the event is over. Read story here!

The tournament didn’t see any significant changes in the open section. Hikaru Nakamura maintains the lead and it appears that only Ray Robson will have a reasonable chance of catching him. Both drew and none of the other games had any bearing on the upper half. Naroditsky-Holt was a sigh of relief as Naroditsky won his first game after dropping five. The last two rounds will feature epic matchups including today’s Robson-Nakamura bout.

The long and short of it (pun intended).

FM Alisa Melekhina probably knocked IM Rusudan Goletiani out of contention. Photo by Lennart Ootes.

In the women’s section, Irina Krush has pulled into a virtual tie for 1st with Katerina Nemcova winning yet again. Krush a dodged a couple of bullets and was hit by another, but has steadied the ship winning an impressive six games. Krush plays Nemcova in the final round and Nemcova also has to play Nazi Paikidze who is only a point behind. However, Rusudan Goletiani had to scramble to draw her game against Alisa Melekhina and is practically out of contention for 1st. Nevertheless, it will certainly be a thrilling weekend.

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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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