Round Six (Group A)
Bd
White
Res
Black
101   Kudrin, Sergey (3.5)
0-1
  Onischuk, Alexander (4.0)
102   Gurevich, Dmitry (4.0)
½
  de Firmian, Nick (3.5)
103   Schneider, Dmitry (3.5)
1-0
  Friedel, Joshua (3.5)
104   Ibragimov, Ildar (3.0)
1-0
  Fernandez, Daniel (3.0)
105   Akobian, Varuzhan (3.0)
1-0
  Kraai, Jesse (3.0)
106   Dlugy, Maxim (3.0)
0-1
  Stripunsky, Alexander (3.0)
107   Gonzalez, Renier (3.0)
½
  Benjamin, Joel (3.0)
108   Nakamura, Hikaru (2.5)
1-0
  Goletiani, Rusudan (3.0) (w)
109   Goldin, Alexander (2.5)
1-0
  Bercys, Salvijus (2.5)
110   Florean, Andrei (2.5)
½
  Stein, Alan (2.5)
111   Lenderman, Alex (2.0)
0-1
  Finegold, Benjamin (2.0)
112   Serper, Gregory (2.0)
1-0
  Baginskaite, Camilla (2.0) (w)
113   Epstein, Esther (2.0) (w)
0-1
  Tate, Emory (2.0)
114   Vicary, Elizabeth (1.5) (w)
1-0
  Schneider, Igor (1.5)
115   Zenyuk, Iryna (1.5) (w)
½
  Ross, Laura (1.5) (w)
116   Kleiman, Jake (0.5)
1-0
  Cottrell-Finegold, Kelly (0.0) (w)

Can you last 30 moves?

Again, 12/16 games were decisive as the 30-move "no draw offer" option certainly appears to have produced fighting chess. This was the vision of
Maurice Ashley three years ago after the controversy at the 2003 U.S. Chess Championships. One of the problems in this group is that one is put under immense pressure to win each and every game to keep pace. The last three rounds will perhaps exciting indeed.

While
Alexander Onischuk clinged to his lead with another win, Varuzhan Akobian has been on a hot streak lately and has pulled back into the upper echelon on 4-2. He mopped up Jesse Kraai's Nimzo Indian and moved within a point of the lead with three rounds remaining. Hikaru Nakamura continues to "stay the course" with his third win in a row. What an effort it would be for him to win the group after having -2 after three rounds. It has been a tough tournament with no easy points.

Select Games

GM Sergey Kudrin-GM Alexander Onischuk, 0-1
IM Dmitry Schneider-IM Josh Friedel, 1-0
IM Andrei Florean -IM Alan Stein, -
WIM Esther Epstein-FM Emory Tate, 0-1

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Round Six (Group B)
Bd
White
Res
Black
201   Christiansen, Larry (3.5)
½
  Shulman, Yury (4.5)
202   Novikov, Igor (3.5)
1-0
  Shabalov, Alexander (3.5)
203   Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg (3.5) (w)
0-1
  Kamsky, Gata (3.0)
204   Wojtkiewicz, Aleks (3.0)
½
  Perelshteyn, Eugene (3.0)
205   Gulko, Boris (3.0)
½
  Yermolinsky, Alex (3.0)
206   Kriventsov, Stanislav (3.0)
½
  Ivanov, Alexander (3.0)
207   Kaidanov, Gregory (2.5)
1-0
  Zatonskih, Anna (3.0) (w)
208   Kreiman, Boris (2.5)
1-0
  Becerra, Julio (2.5)
209   Fishbein, Alexander (2.5)
1-0
  Milman, Lev (2.5)
210   Lugo, Blas (2.5)
1-0
  Fedorowicz, John P (2.5)
211   Sarkar, Justin (2.0)
½
  Ippolito, Dean (2.0)
212   Abrahamyan, Tatev (2.0) (w)
1-0
  Muhammad, Stephen (2.0)
213   Airapetian, Chouchanik (2.0) (w)
½
  Ginsburg, Mark (2.0)
214   West, Vanessa (2.0) (w)
½
  Vigorito, David (2.0)
215   Browne, Walter (1.5)
1-0
  Liu, Elliott (1.5)
216   Itkis,Hana (1.0) (w)
½
  Christiansen, Natasha (0.0) (w)

The Wild, Wild West

Yury Shulman
kept the lead by drawing Larry Christiansen and the "Chimi Express" stopped in round six when Batchimeg Tuvshintugs dropped an exchange to Gata Kamsky. Igor Novikov edged within half-point of Shulman by beating Alexander Shabalov in a wild encounter. The game had a strange Benko Gambit flavor until Shabalov played far too ambitiously on the kingside.  Novikov even placed his pieces in typical anti-Benko fashion and had only to stifle Shabalov's active pieces. Novikov held off his ambitious opponent and his timely 26.Bg3! sealed the win.

Stephen Muhammad fell to a violent kingside onslaught by Tatev Abrahamyan. Out of a Three Knights game, Abrahamyan fell behind in the middle game and it appeared as if she was losing the thread on the position. Muhammad's 25Qe5? allowed white to gain momentum with 26.Rg5 (threatening 27.Nh6+ as 26Qe6 is met with 27.Bb3!). After her 33.Qh5, Muhammad had one more chance in 33Bg7! 34.Rxg6 fxg6 35.Rxg6 Qe4+ with a perpetual check. However, after 33Rd6 34.Qh6, black's forces were soon overrun. In the three rounds that remain, Muhammad can still vie for a plus score.

Select Games

GM Igor Novikov-GM Alexander Shabolov, 1-0
WFM Tatev Abrahmayan-IM-elect Stephen Muhammad, 1-0

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