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  • #31
    Timur Gareev won his first game against Awonder Liang and pole vaults out of last place leaving poor Awonder in last.


    • #32
      Its a very tight race at the half. Fabiano Caruana is half a point behind and is only 50% - 5 draws. Sam Shankland, US champion is -1 and 1 point back. Lots of tough fights which I like to see. Monday (tomorrow) is a rest day.


      • #33
        U.S. Championships 2019

        March 24, 2019

        Round Five

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Nakamura, Hikaru – Caruana, Fabiano
        B33 Sicilian, Pelikan, Chelyabinsk variation

        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4 b4 12.Nc2 a5 13.Qf3 Be6 14.Rd1 Bxd5 15.cxd5 Na7 16.g3 Rc8 17.Ne3 O-O 18.h4 Rc5 19.Bd3 Nc8 20.O-O Qc7 21.Qe2 Nb6 22.Bb5 g6 23.a3 Bg7 24.axb4 axb4 25.Bd3 Nd7 26.Nc4 Rc8 27.Nd2 Ra5 28.Nb3 Raa8 29.Rc1 Qb6 30.Rxc8+ Rxc8 31.Ra1 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Dominguez, Leinier – Xiong, Jeffery
        B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky Attack

        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 a6 6.Bxd7+ Bxd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.Qd3 Rc8 9.O-O h6 10.Nd2 Qc7 11.Rd1 Bg4 12.f3 Be6 13.Nf1 Nf6 14.Ne3 Be7 15.Bd2 O-O 16.Kh1 Qc5 17.Be1 b5 18.b4 Qb6 19.a4 Bc4 20.Qd2 Rfd8 21.axb5 axb5 22.Nf5 Kf8 23.Bh4 Be6 24.Nxe7 Kxe7 25.Ra5 Qc6 26.Nxb5 Qxc2 27.Ra7+ Kf8 28.Qxc2 Rxc2 29.Bxf6 gxf6 30.Nc7 Bb3 31.Rb1 Rc8 32.h3 Ba2 33.Ra1 R8xc7 34.Rxc7 Rxc7 35.Rxa2 Rc1+ 36.Kh2 Rb1 37.Ra8+ Ke7 38.Rb8 Rb2 39.h4 Ke6 40.Re8+ Kd7 41.Rh8 Rxb4 42.Rxh6 f5 43.exf5 Rf4 44.Kg3 Rxf5 45.Kg4 Rf4+ 46.Kg5 Ke7 47.h5 Ra4 48.Rf6 e4 49.fxe4 Rxe4 50.Rf4 d5 51.Rf5 d4 52.h6 Kf8 53.Rd5 Kg8 54.g4 Re6 55.Kh5 Kh7 56.g5 Re4 57.Rd7 Kg8 58.Rd8+ Kh7 59.Rd5 Kg8 60.Rd7 Rf4 61.Re7 Kh8 62.Re8+ Kh7 63.Rf8 Rf1 64.Rd8 Rf4 65.Rd7 Kg8 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Robson, Ray – So, Wesley
        C67 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence, open variation

        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 O-O 9.d4 Ne8 10.d5 Bc5 11.Re1 d6 12.Nc3 Bf5 13.Bd3 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Ne4 Bxe4 16.Rxe4 Bxf2+ 17.Kxf2 Qxh2+ 18.Kf3 Qh5+ 19.g4 Qh3+ 20.Ke2 Qg2+ 21.Ke1 Nf6 22.Qe2 Qh1+ 23.Qf1 Qh4+ 24.Qf2 Qh1+ 25.Qf1 Qh4+ 26.Qf2 Qh1+ 27.Qf1 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Akobian, Varuzhan – Sevian, Samuel
        E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical variation

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d6 7.g3 e5 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.Bg2 Ne4 10.Qe3 f5 11.b3 Qf6 12.Bb2 exd4 13.Nxd4 Bd7 14.Rb1 Qg6 15.O-O Rae8 16.Qf4 a6 17.Rfe1 h6 18.Rbd1 Ne5 19.Nf3 Ng4 20.Rf1 Qf7 21.Nd4 Qh5 22.h3 Ngf6 23.Qf3 Qg6 24.e3 Ng5 25.Qxb7 f4 26.exf4 Nxh3+ 27.Bxh3 Bxh3 28.Rfe1 Ne4 29.Qd5+ Kh7 30.Ne2 Bf5 31.Kg2 Nc5 32.Nc3 Rxe1 33.Rxe1 Nd3 34.Re4 Bxe4+ 0-1

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Shankland, Samuel – Lenderman, Aleksandr
        D53 QGD, orthodox Defence

        1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.Rc1 dxc4 8.Bxc4 c5 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bd7 11.O-O Nc6 12.Nf3 a6 13.Be2 Nh5 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Ne4 Rfd8 16.Qd6 Qxd6 17.Nxd6 Rab8 18.Rfd1 Nf6 19.Rd2 Be8 20.b3 Kf8 21.Kf1 Ke7 22.Nxe8 Rxd2 23.Nxd2 Nxe8 24.Ne4 Nd6 25.Nc5 Ne5 26.f4 Nd7 27.Nxd7 Kxd7 28.Bf3 Rc8 29.Rxc8 Kxc8 30.Ke2 Kc7 31.Kd3 f6 32.g3 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Gareyev, Timur – Liang, Awonder
        A28 English, Four Knights, Capablanca variation

        1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bd2 Be7 7.e3 Ndb4 8.Qb1 Bf5 9.Ne4 O-O 10.a3 Nd5 11.Be2 a5 12.Qc2 Kh8 13.Rc1 Nb6 14.Bc3 Bd6 15.O-O a4 16.Qb1 Bg6 17.Qa2 f5 18.Neg5 Qe7 19.e4 Rae8 20.exf5 Rxf5 21.Ne4 Bf7 22.Qb1 Nd5 23.Bd2 Be6 24.Rfe1 Nf4 25.Bxf4 Rxf4 26.Bd1 Bg4 27.Nfd2 Bxd1 28.Rcxd1 Bc5 29.Nxc5 Qxc5 30.Ne4 Qb6 31.Qc2 Ref8 32.Qxa4 Qxb2 33.Rb1 Qxf2+ 34.Nxf2 Rxa4 35.Rxb7 Rxa3 36.Rxc7 Nd4 37.Ng4 Ra2 38.Nxe5 Kg8 39.h4 Ne2+ 40.Kh1 Nf4 41.Rf1 Ng6 42.Rxf8+ Kxf8 43.Nxg6+ hxg6 44.Rc4 Rd2 45.Rf4+ Kg8 46.Rd4 Kh7 47.Kh2 Kh6 48.Rd5 g5 49.hxg5+ Kg6 50.Kg3 Kh5 51.Kh3 Kg6 52.Rd7 Re2 53.g3 Rd2 54.Kg4 Rd1 55.Rd6+ Kf7 56.Rd4 Kg6 57.Rd7 Ra1 58.Rd6+ Kf7 59.Rd4 Kg6 60.Re4 Ra5 61.Kf4 Rf5+ 62.Ke3 Rxg5 63.g4 Ra5 64.d4 Kf6 65.Kd3 g5 66.Kc4 Ra1 67.d5 Rc1+ 68.Kb5 Rb1+ 69.Kc6 Rc1+ 70.Kd7 Kf7 71.Re5 Kg6 72.Ke6 1-0

        Final position



        1-5 Nakamura, Dominguez, So, Xiong, Sevian 3
        6-8 Robson, Caruana, Lenderman 2.5
        9-11 Akobian, Shankland, Gareyev 2
        12 Liang 1.5

        Women’s Championship

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Wang, Annie – Yu, Jennifer
        D17 QGC Slav, Carlsbad variation

        1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 f6 12.O-O Rd8 13.Qc1 Be6 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Qe3 Qa5 16.Bxe5 fxe5 17.Qg5 Qc7 18.Ne4 Bb4 19.Qh5+ Bf7 20.Qg4 Bb3 21.Qf5 Bf7 22.Rad1 O-O 23.Ng5 Bg6 24.Qg4 Qe7 25.h4 a5 26.Qc4+ Bf7 27.Qc2 g6 28.Bh3 Kg7 29.Nxf7 Qxf7 30.Rd3 Qf6 31.Rxd8 Rxd8 32.Rd1 Rxd1+ 33.Qxd1 Qd6 34.Qxd6 Bxd6 35.Bc8 b5 36.axb5 cxb5 37.Bd7 b4 38.Kg2 Kf6 39.Kf3 Ke7 40.Ba4 Bc5 41.e3 Ke6 42.Ke4 Be7 43.b3 Bd8 44.Bb5 h6 45.Bc4+ Kf6 46.Kd5 g5 47.h5 Bc7 48.Kc6 Bd8 49.g4 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Sharevich, Anna – Zatonskih, Anna
        E04 Catalan, open

        1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.O-O b5 7.Ne5 Nd5 8.a4 Bb7 9.b3 c3 10.axb5 axb5 11.Rxa8 Bxa8 12.e4 Nf6 13.Nxc3 b4 14.Na4 Be7 15.Qd3 O-O 16.Bb2 Nc6 17.Nc4 Na7 18.Rd1 Qb8 19.e5 Nd5 20.f4 g6 21.Nd2 Rd8 22.Ne4 Nb5 23.Rf1 Ndc3 24.Naxc3 bxc3 25.Bxc3 Bxe4 26.Bxe4 Qb6 27.Kh1 Nxc3 28.Qxc3 Rxd4 29.Bg2 h6 30.h4 Rb4 31.Rf3 Qc5 32.Qxc5 Bxc5 33.Bf1 Rd4 34.Rd3 Re4 35.Kg2 g5 36.hxg5 hxg5 37.Kf3 Re1 38.Rd8+ Kg7 39.Bc4 Bb6 40.Rd7 Kf8 41.Kg4 gxf4 42.gxf4 Rg1+ 43.Kf3 Re1 44.Kg4 Rg1+ 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Eswaran, Ashritha – Abrahamyan, Tatev
        C16 French, Winawer, Advance variation

        1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qd7 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qg3 Ba6 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.Nh3 h6 11.Nf4 g5 12.Ne2 Ne7 13.h4 O-O-O 14.Qd3 Nb8 15.a4 Nec6 16.Ng3 f4 17.Nh5 Na5 18.Nf6 Qf7 19.Qh3 Nc4 20.hxg5 hxg5 21.Qxh8 Rxh8 22.Rxh8+ Kb7 23.Rh6 Nd7 24.Kf1 Nxf6 25.exf6 Nd6 26.a5 Nf5 27.Rh3 Qxf6 28.Rd3 Nd6 29.Bd2 Nc4 30.axb6 cxb6 31.f3 Nb2 32.Be1 Nxd3 33.cxd3 Qf5 34.Rd1 a5 35.Rd2 a4 36.Ke2 e5 37.Ra2 b5 38.Bf2 e4 39.dxe4 dxe4 40.Rb2 e3 41.Be1 a3 0-1

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Krush, Irina – Gorti, Akshita
        E10 Queen’s Pawn game

        1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Rc1 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.Ne5 c5 11.O-O Nbd7 12.f4 Ne4 13.Qc2 Ndf6 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 dxe4 17.b4 Bd6 18.Ng4 Qe7 19.Qb2 Rac8 20.Bc3 f6 21.a3 Rc7 22.Bd4 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Qe6 24.Nf2 Rc8 25.Rc2 Rxc2 26.Qxc2 Qd5 27.g3 h5 28.Qa4 Bc6 29.Qa6 Bb5 30.Qc8+ Kh7 31.Qc2 Bc6 32.Nd1 a5 33.Bxb6 axb4 34.axb4 Bxb4 35.Bd4 Bd7 36.Nf2 Bc6 37.Qb1 Bd6 38.Qc2 Bb4 39.Qb1 Bd6 40.Qc2 Bb4 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Yip, Carissa – Feng, Maggie
        C03 French, Tarrasch

        1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.e5 c5 5.Qg4 Kf8 6.Ndf3 Nc6 7.Bd3 h5 8.Qf4 Nh6 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Be3 Be7 11.c3 Qc7 12.Ne2 Kg8 13.h3 h4 14.Rg1 Kf8 15.g3 g5 16.Nxg5 Qxe5 17.Nh7+ Rxh7 18.Bxh7 Qxf4 19.Bxf4 Kg7 20.Bc2 f5 21.O-O-O Nf7 22.gxh4+ Kh7 23.Bg5 Nd6 24.Bxe7 Nxe7 25.Rg5 Nf7 26.Rg3 Bd7 27.Nf4 Rg8 28.c4 Rxg3 29.fxg3 Nd6 30.cxd5 e5 31.Re1 e4 32.g4 Kg7 33.Nh5+ Kg6 34.Ng3 Nxd5 35.gxf5+ Bxf5 36.Nxe4 Nb5 37.Ng3 Bxc2 38.Kxc2 Nd4+ 39.Kd3 Nf3 40.h5+ Kg5 41.Rc1 Kf4 42.Ne2+ Ke5 43.h6 Ng5 44.Rg1 Nh7 45.Rg7 Ndf6 46.Rxb7 1-0

        Round 5, Mar. 24
        Nguyen, Emily – Foisor, Sabina
        D25 QGA, Janowsky-Larsen variation

        1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Bxc4 e6 6.Nc3 a6 7.h3 Bh5 8.g4 Bg6 9.Ne5 Bd6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Bf1 c6 12.Bg2 Nbd7 13.O-O Nd5 14.f4 Qc7 15.e4 N5b6 16.Qe2 c5 17.e5 Be7 18.d5 exd5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Bxd5 Nb6 21.Bg2 O-O-O 22.Bd2 Kb8 23.Ba5 c4 24.Kh2 Qc5 25.Bd2 Rd3 26.Rae1 Nd5 27.Rf3 Qd4 28.Rxd3 cxd3 29.Qe4 Qf2 30.Re3 Qxf4+ 31.Qxf4 Nxf4 32.Rf3 g5 33.Bxf4 gxf4 34.Rxd3 Rd8 35.Rxd8+ Bxd8 36.Bd5 Bc7 37.Bxf7 Bxe5 38.b3 f3+ 39.Kg1 Bd4+ 40.Kf1 Kc7 41.Bd5 f2 42.a4 b5 43.axb5 axb5 44.h4 Kd6 1/2-1/2


        1 Yu 4.5
        2 Zatonskih 4
        3 Abrahamyan 3.5
        4-5 Wang, Yip 3
        6-9 Foisor, Eswaran, Feng, Krush 2
        10-11 Nguyen, Gorti 1.5
        12 Sharevich 1


        • #34
          U.S. Championships 2019

          March 25, 2019

          Round Six

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          So, Wesley – Dominguez, Leinier
          C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2 Be6 7.O-O Bd6 8.b3 Nd7 9.Nc4 Qe7 10.a4 Bxc4 11.bxc4 a5 12.g3 O-O-O 13.Bd2 b6 14.Qe2 Nc5 15.c3 Kb7 16.Be3 Rhe8 17.Rfd1 f6 18.Nd2 Na6 19.Nb3 c5 20.f3 Nb8 21.d4 exd4 22.cxd4 cxd4 23.Rxd4 Na6 24.Rb1 Bb4 25.c5 Rxd4 26.c6+ Kxc6 27.Qxa6 Rd6 28.Bf4 Kd7 29.Rc1 Rd8 30.Kg2 Ke8 31.Bxd6 Qxd6 32.Qc4 Kf8 33.Qxc7 Qxc7 34.Rxc7 Rd3 35.Nc1 Rd1 36.Ne2 Rd2 37.Kf1 Rd1+ 38.Kg2 Rd2 39.Kf1 Rd1+ 40.Kg2 1/2-1/2

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Caruana, Fabiano – Xiong, Jeffery
          C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.O-O Qe7 7.Nbd2 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.a3 a5 10.Nc4 Nd7 11.g4 Bg6 12.b4 Bb6 13.bxa5 Bxa5 14.Bb2 f6 15.Nxa5 Rxa5 16.Nh4 O-O 17.Nf5 Qe6 18.Kh2 c5 19.h4 c4 20.h5 Bf7 21.Rg1 cxd3 22.cxd3 Rb5 23.Bc1 Kh8 24.Be3 Rb3 25.Rg3 c5 26.Qe2 g5 27.hxg6 Bxg6 28.a4 Qa6 29.Bh6 Rg8 30.Rag1 Qxa4 31.Ne7 Qd4 32.Qd1 c4 33.Nxg8 Kxg8 34.dxc4 Rxg3 35.Qxd4 exd4 36.Kxg3 Bxe4 37.Rd1 d3 38.f3 Bg6 39.Ra1 Kf7 40.Ra7 Nc5 41.Be3 Ke8 42.Bxc5 d2 43.Ra8+ Kd7 44.Bb6 Kc6 45.Ba5 1-0

          Final position


          The Stockfish evaluation of the response to White’s 45.Ba5 gives these moves for Black: d1=R, d1=N, d1=B and d1=Q, all with the same result

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Gareyev, Timur
          A04 Reti

          1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 g6 3.c3 d5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d4 Nbd7 6.Ne5 Qb6 7.dxc5 Qxc5 8.Nd3 Qc7 9.Qa4 Bg7 10.Bf4 Qd8 11.O-O O-O 12.Nd2 Nb6 13.Qb3 Bg4 14.Rfe1 Qc8 15.Qb4 Re8 16.a4 Nbd7 17.Ne5 a5 18.Qb5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Bd7 20.Qd3 Bc6 21.Qd4 Qf5 22.Nf1 Rad8 23.b4 Qc8 24.Ne3 b6 25.Red1 Ba8 26.b5 h5 27.Rac1 Bf8 28.Bxf6 exf6 29.Qxb6 Re6 30.Qxa5 Bc5 31.Nxd5 Rde8 32.e3 Kg7 33.Qc7 1-0

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Sevian, Samuel – Shankland, Samuel
          C67 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence, open variation

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.h3 Bd7 10.Rd1 Be7 11.g4 Nh4 12.Nxh4 Bxh4 13.Nc3 Kc8 14.Kg2 Re8 15.Bf4 Be7 16.Bg3 h5 17.f3 a5 18.Ne2 a4 19.Rd2 Bb4 20.c3 Bc5 21.Nf4 hxg4 22.hxg4 Be3 23.Rd3 Bxf4 24.Bxf4 Be6 25.a3 Ra5 26.Rad1 b6 27.Rd4 Kb7 28.R1d2 Rea8 29.Kg3 Rb5 30.Re2 Raa5 31.Kh4 Ra8 1/2-1/2

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Lenderman, Aleksandr – Robson, Ray
          D14 QGD Slav, Exchange, Trifunovic variation

          1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Qb3 Bb4 9.Ne5 O-O 10.Nxc6 Bxc3+ 11.Qxc3 bxc6 12.Be2 Ne4 13.Qa3 g5 14.Bg3 Qb6 15.O-O a5 16.Rfc1 Rfc8 17.Bd3 Nxg3 18.hxg3 Bxd3 19.Qxd3 c5 20.dxc5 Rxc5 21.Rc2 Qb5 22.Qd1 Rac8 23.Rac1 Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Rxc2 25.Qxc2 h6 26.Qc8+ Kg7 27.Qc3+ Kg6 28.Qc2+ Kg7 29.b3 Qb4 30.Qb2+ f6 31.a3 Qe1+ 32.Kh2 e5 33.b4 axb4 34.axb4 Qd1 35.f3 d4 36.exd4 exd4 37.b5 d3 38.b6 d2 39.b7 Qc1 40.b8=Q Qxb2 41.Qxb2 d1=Q 42.Qb7+ Kg6 43.Qe4+ Kg7 44.Qe7+ Kg6 45.Qe8+ Kg7 46.Qe7+ Kg6 47.Qe8+ 1/2-1/2

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Liang, Awonder – Akobian, Varuzhan
          C18 French, Winawer, Advance

          1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 cxd4 8.Bd3 Qc7 9.Ne2 dxc3 10.Qxg7 Rg8 11.Qxh7 Nbc6 12.Bf4 Bd7 13.Bg3 Nxe5 14.O-O O-O-O 15.Qh4 N5g6 16.Bxc7 Nxh4 17.Bxd8 Rxg2+ 18.Kh1 Kxd8 19.Rab1 e5 20.Rxb7 Bc6 21.Rb8+ Kc7 22.Rh8 d4 23.f3 Neg6 24.Bxg6 Nxg6 25.Kxg2 Nxh8 26.h4 f6 27.Kf2 Kd6 28.h5 Ba4 29.Rg1 Nf7 30.Rb1 Bxc2 31.Rb7 Nh6 32.Rxa7 Bb3 33.a4 Bc4 34.a5 c2 35.Nc1 f5 36.Rh7 Ng8 37.h6 e4 38.fxe4 fxe4 39.Rd7+ Kxd7 40.h7 e3+ 41.Kf3 e2 42.Kf2 Nf6 43.h8=Q Ke7 44.Qh4 d3 45.Qxc4 d2 46.Qxe2+ Kf8 47.Qxd2 Ne4+ 48.Ke2 Nxd2 49.Kxd2 Ke7 50.a6 1-0


          1 Nakamura 4
          2-5 Dominguez, Caruana, So, Sevian 3.5
          6-8 Robson, Lenderman, Xiong 3
          9-10 Shankland, Liang 2.5
          11-12 Akobian, Gareyev 2

          Women’s Championship

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Feng, Maggie – Yu, Jennifer
          D73 Neo-Grunfeld

          1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 d5 5.c4 c6 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Nc3 O-O 8.Ne5 Nc6 9.O-O Bf5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Na4 Nd7 12.Bf4 Qa5 13.b3 Rac8 14.Rc1 Rfe8 15.Bd2 Qb5 16.Bc3 e5 17.dxe5 Nxe5 18.h3 Rcd8 19.Bb2 h5 20.Re1 a6 21.Rc5 Qb7 22.Qa1 Qe7 23.Rd1 Kh7 24.e3 Bh8 25.Bxe5 Bxe5 26.Qc1 Bd7 27.Nb6 Bb2 28.Qc2 Bf5 29.e4 dxe4 30.Rxd8 Rxd8 31.Rxf5 gxf5 32.Qxb2 h4 33.Nc4 Rd1+ 34.Kh2 Qg5 35.Qe5 Rd5 36.Qc7 Kg7 37.Qxc6 hxg3+ 38.fxg3 f4 39.Qc7 Qxg3+ 40.Kg1 Rd1# 0-1

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Zatonskih, Anna – Eswaran, Ashritha
          D61 QGD, orthodox Defence, Modern Rubinstein

          1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 d5 4.e3 Be7 5.c4 O-O 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.Qc2 c6 8.Rd1 h6 9.Bh4 Qc7 10.Bd3 a6 11.cxd5 exd5 12.O-O Re8 13.Rb1 Bd6 14.Rfc1 Qd8 15.b4 Nf8 16.a4 Bg4 17.Nd2 Bd7 18.Nf1 Ne6 19.b5 Ng5 20.bxa6 bxa6 21.Bg3 Ba3 22.Rd1 Nh5 23.Be5 Bg4 24.Ne2 Qd7 25.Nfg3 Nxg3 26.Bxg3 Bxe2 27.Qxe2 a5 28.Rb6 Ne4 29.Qc2 Nxg3 30.hxg3 Re6 31.Bf5 Qc7 32.Rb3 Bb4 33.Bxe6 fxe6 34.e4 Qd7 35.Rc1 Rc8 36.Re3 Qa7 37.exd5 exd5 38.Qd3 Qd7 39.Re2 Qg4 40.Rcc2 Qd7 41.Qg6 Kh8 42.Re6 c5 43.Rce2 Rg8 44.Re7 Qxa4 45.Re8 cxd4 46.Rxg8+ Kxg8 47.Re8+ Bf8 48.Qe6+ 1-0

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Abrahamyan, Tatev – Krush, Irina
          B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack

          1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 d6 9.f3 Bd7 10.h4 h5 11.Qd2 Na5 12.O-O-O Nxb3+ 13.cxb3 a5 14.Bh6 a4 15.bxa4 Bxa4 16.Rdg1 Qa5 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.g4 Rh8 19.gxh5 Rxh5 20.Rg5 Rxg5 21.hxg5 Nh5 22.f4 Bd7 23.f5 Qe5 24.Re1 Rc8 25.Kb1 Rc4 26.Nf3 Qg3 27.Qd3 Rc5 28.b4 Rc8 29.Nd5 Ba4 30.Nc3 Bc6 31.b5 Bd7 32.Nd5 Bxb5 33.Qxb5 Qxf3 34.Nxe7 Rc5 35.Qb2+ Kh7 36.fxg6+ fxg6 37.Nd5 Qd3+ 38.Ka1 Rb5 39.Qf2 Rc5 40.Qf7+ Kh8 41.Qf8+ Kh7 42.Qh6+ Kg8 43.Qxg6+ Ng7 44.Qf6 1-0

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Foisor, Sabina – Wang, Annie
          D37 QGD, Hastings variation

          1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.a3 b6 7.e3 Bb7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 c5 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Rc1 Ne4 12.Nd2 Ndf6 13.dxc5 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 bxc5 15.Na4 Rc8 16.Bf5 Rc6 17.Nc3 d4 18.exd4 cxd4 19.Ne2 Qd5 20.Bh3 Rxc1 21.Rxc1 g5 22.Bg3 g4 23.Nf4 Qf5 24.Bxg4 Nxg4 25.h3 Ne5 26.Rc7 Bxg2 27.Kxg2 Qe4+ 28.f3 Qxf3+ 29.Kh2 Qf1 30.Qe2 Nf3+ 31.Qxf3 Qxf3 32.Rxe7 Rc8 33.Re2 d3 34.Rg2 Rc2 35.Be1+ Kf8 0-1

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Yip, Carissa – Sharevich, Anna
          B43 Sicilian, Kan

          1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.g3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nf6 8.Bg2 Nc6 9.Nxc6 dxc6 10.O-O Be7 11.Qe2 e5 12.Nd1 Bg4 13.f3 Be6 14.Ne3 Bc5 15.b4 Bxe3+ 16.Bxe3 O-O 17.Rfd1 Rfd8 18.a3 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Qxd8 21.Qd3 Qd7 22.Bc5 b5 23.f4 Bc4 24.Qxd7 Nxd7 25.Bd6 exf4 26.gxf4 Nb6 27.Bc5 Nd7 28.e5 Bd5 29.Bxd5 cxd5 30.Kf2 Nb8 31.Ke3 Nc6 32.c4 dxc4 33.Ke4 g6 34.Kd5 Nd8 35.Be3 Kf8 36.Kc5 Ke7 37.Kb6 Kd7 38.Kxa6 Kc6 39.a4 bxa4 40.b5+ Kd5 41.Bc1 Ne6 42.Ba3 c3 43.b6 Nd8 44.Kb5 c2 45.Kxa4 Kc6 46.Kb3 Ne6 47.Kxc2 Nxf4 48.Bc1 Nd5 49.Kd3 Nxb6 50.Ke4 Kd7 51.Be3 Nc8 52.Bd2 Ke6 53.Be3 Ne7 54.Bf4 Nc6 55.h3 h5 56.h4 Ne7 57.Bd2 Nd5 58.Be1 Nb6 59.Bd2 Nd7 60.Bc3 Nb8 61.Be1 Nc6 62.Bc3 Ne7 63.Bd2 Nd5 64.Be1 f6 65.exf6 Nxf6+ 66.Kf4 Nd5+ 67.Ke4 Ne7 68.Bf2 Nf5 69.Be1 Nh6 70.Kf4 Nf7 71.Ke4 Kd6 72.Bg3+ Ke6 73.Be1 g5 74.hxg5 Nxg5+ 75.Kf4 Nf7 76.Bc3 Nd6 1/2-1/2

          Round 6, Mar. 25
          Gorti, Akshita – Nguyen, Emily
          A11 English

          1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.h3 g6 6.d4 Bg7 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.Qe2 Nbd7 12.e4 c5 13.e5 Nd5 14.e6 Nxc3 15.bxc3 fxe6 16.Ng5 Qb6 17.Nxe6 Qc6 18.f3 c4 19.Bc2 Rfe8 20.Bf4 Rac8 21.Rae1 Bf6 22.Qf2 Ba8 23.Qg3 Qb6 24.Bxg6 Kh8 25.Bxe8 Rxe8 26.Bg5 Rg8 27.Bxf6+ Nxf6 28.Qc7 Nd5 29.Qxb6 Nxb6 30.Nc7 Na4 31.Re3 Bb7 32.Rc1 Rg7 33.Ne6 Rg8 34.Nc5 Nxc5 35.dxc5 Rg5 36.Rd1 Rxc5 37.Rd8+ 1-0


          1 Yu 5.5
          2 Zatonskih 5
          3 Abrahamyan 4.5
          4 Wang 4
          5 Yip 3.5
          6 Gorti 2.5
          7-10 Eswaran, Foisor, Feng, Krush 2
          11-12 Nguyen, Sharevich 1.5


          • #35
            Apparently there was no rest day yesterday. I apologize if I confused anyone.


            • #36
              The leaderboard has finally changed. Hikaru Nakamura beat Timur Gareev and is in the clear lead at 4 (from 6 games) In the critical game Fabiano Caruana beat Jeffery Xiong and is finally making a move after winning his first game. Jeffery has dropped back into the pack.


              • #37
                Awonder Liang used nice endgame strategy to beat Varusz Akobian. Akobian's 3 connectors looked impressive but seeing deeper the passed rook pawns (both sides!) were more dangerous and ran faster. A good lesson and a nice win for Awonder.


                • #38
                  Tatev Abrahamyan beat Irina Krush. Also Jennifer Yu won again when her opponent blundered in time pressure. Anna Zatonskih also won. So its turned into a 3 player race as Tatev Abrahamyan also keeps winning.


                  • #39
                    Irina Krush is not playing as bad as her results indicate. Although occasionally she is missing key tactics. Regardless she is minus 2 after 6 and wont be winning this one.


                    • #40
                      This championship seems to be a changing of the guard but Anna Zatonskih may still have something to say about that.


                      • #41
                        Krush - Zatonskih battle of the old favorites this round


                        • #42
                          Irina Krush blundered and lost. This puts Anna Zatonskih in great position with 6 out of 7.


                          • #43
                            Sam Sevian finished a miniature mating attack against Ray Robson and temporarily takes the lead.


                            • #44
                              Hikaru Nakamura won a pawn and then converted nicely to take the lead at 5 (+3)


                              • #45
                                Fabiano Caruana is persistently grinding Timur Gareev and it looks like it is about to pay off.