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Friday, April 29, 2011

Anna Zatonskih is US Women's Chess Champion 2011 - videos and games

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Anna Zatonskih - nerves and hard work pay off

Hello everyone,

IM Anna Zatonskih is the new US Women's Chess Champion 2011. Playing in Saint Louis, she survived some tough moments throughout the tournament to go down to the wire and eventually win the championship with a three-game final against an equally strong player WFM Tatev Abrahamyan. Since the three-game final was with drawn scores, they had to play a rapid armageddon with Zatonskih choosing 19 minutes 55 seconds on the clock. Since the game ended in a draw, the title went to Zatonskih. This was her fourth US title. 

In fact Zatonskih missed a win in the three-fold drawn game that her husband GM Daniel Friedman pointed out to her after the match! She could have avoided the tiebreaks. But then no one's complaining. You can access the official website here

Now the video and the games. 

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