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US Championship 2011

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Play begins Friday at 2pm local, 3pm EDT. Nakamura not playing. Kamsky, Onischuk, Shulman, and Seirawan (!).
Kamsky holds the draw in the armageddon game against Shulman to win his second US title.
Shulman beats Nakamura, Kamsky beats Onischuk. Winner take all on Monday, tiebreak game Tuesday if they draw.
Kamsky, Onischuk, Shulman, Nakamura into the final phase all-play-all that starts today.
Nakamura and Kamsky head he field. First round today.
Nakamura blogs about his championship run, plus video interview from St. Louis.
Nakamura crushes Friedel, Hess draws with Akobian. That gave Hikaru Nakamura clear first place, his second US championship title, and a massive $40,000 payday. It didn't take long for him to do his part. Occasional Nakamura nemesis Josh Friedel collapsed like a Dallas Cowboys training facility against Nakamura's 3.Bc4. Black went with the Two Knights, as in "Two knights walk into a bar and get brutally beaten down." It was over in just 22 moves with Black's queen trapped on the unlikely f4 square. Onischuk beat Robson to finish equal 2-3 with Hess with 6.5 points. Kamsky and Akobian 4-5 with 6. - More...
It was a day of a favorite and a foal at the top of the standings today. With one round to play in the 2009 US championship, 2005 champion Hikaru Nakamura and 17-year-old Robert Hess are in the lead with 6/8 after crucial wins in the eight round. The other leaders, Kamsky and Onischuk, battled to a draw. Joining them at 5.5 was Akobian, who beat Benjamin. Nakamura cleanly dismantled underdog Missourian Brooks with the black pieces, looking every bit the FIDE 2700 player he is. Hess impressed again by beating defending champion Yury Shulman. The final round (at 10am local, 11am EDT!) will see Nakamura-Friedel and Hess-Akobian.

2009 US Ch Round 7: Elo Rising

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After several days of draws, the pent-up blood flowed today, spilling out across the entire playing hall. An incredible 11/12 games were decisive today, with only former champs Gulko and Shabalov ruining perfection. We all love a good upset, but sometimes you just have to stand back and admire the inevitability of Elo. The favorites won on all three top boards to shake up the standings. Nakamura beat Akobian, Kamsky beat Benjamin, and Onischuk beat Shulman. With two rounds to play, Nakamura, Kamsky, Hess, and Onischuk are tied for the lead with 5/7. Friday is a rest day.
Top boards all drawn. Well, good or bad, the Dragdorf was good enough to draw against America's #1, no small feat for young Robert Hess. He even made it look pretty easy, which is certainly was not. That was one of three draws on the top boards, leaving Akobian and Shulman still tied for first on +3 with three rounds to play.
Nakamura-Kamsky was a red-blooded draw in Kamsky's now-standard Grunfeld. It was a line of the Russian System that Kamsky defended back in 1991 against Timman and has been used off and on in the shadow of the far more popular 4.cxd4 that Kramnik has several patents on. Discussion about best format for US Ch.
At the other end of the standings, none of the four leaders could break away. It looked like Kamsky got everything he wanted against Friedel to then swap down into a winning endgame. But Friedel put up good defense and somehow Kamsky's passed pawns weren't enough for a win.
The rather undramatic drama around the $64,000 Fischer jackpot prize for a clean score ended today as all three players with 2/2 were besmirched. Kamsky and Shulman played a 30 move draw as Kamsky's Grunfeld again held up well. Hess, the other 2/2, got squeezed like a lemon by Nakamura, who joined the aforementioned and Friedel in the lead on 2.5/3.

2009 US Ch: Round 2

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Kamsky, Hess, and Shulman won again to move to 2/2. Kamsky completely destroyed Akobian, wow. Nakamura played some spectacular prep against Ehlvest, sacrificing his queen for two pieces to gain a solid position and eventually draw. Cool.

2009 US Ch: Round 1

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Round one is Friday, 3pm EDT.
First round is Friday at 3pm EST. Kamsky, Nakamura, Onischuk, Shulman, et al.

Stop, Click & Listen

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John Watson talks with Jennifer Shahade on 'Chess Talk' on ICC Chess.FM.
Shulman wins first US Championship title with quick draw against Friedel, who made his final GM norm at the same time.
US Championship and US Women's Championship are underway in Tulsa. Shabalov and Krush defending titles.
Daily Dirt Reader Brilliancy Prizes awarded to Becerra, Shabalov, and Kaidanov.

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