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Sunday, April 17, 2011

US Chess Championship R2: Perfect scores for Sabina Foisor in women's, Larry Christiansen in men's sections

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Sabina Foisor defeated Alisa Melekhina in round two to maintain a perfect score at the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship.

Hi everyone,

The news from the US Chess Championships is that women's defending champion Irina Krush went down fighting to Sabina Foisor in the first round. The tournaments are being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The championships involve preliminary round-robins and finals and conclude April 28. Tatev Abrahamyan also won a nice game against Camilla Baginskaite.

In the men's section, wins were notched up by Alexander Onischuk and three-time winner Grandmaster Larry Christiansen. After the first week of play, the two championships will advance their top players to the finals. The U.S. Championship is split into two groups of eight players each while the U.S. Women's Championship has one group of eight players. The top two players from each group of the U.S. Championship advance to the finals and the top four women will advance to a quad knockout to determine the U.S. Women's Champion.

Round 2

By the second round, in the women's section, it is only Sabina Foisor with a perfect score. In the men's section it is Grandmaster Larry Christiansen. He beat Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan. In the women's section, defending Champion IM Irina Krush recovered after her first round loss to beat Tatev Abrahamyan. Anna Zatonskih also scored her first win of the tournament and is the only player on 1.5 after her first round draw. Four women out of the eight will advance to the semifinals after round-robin play. WGM Camilla Baginskaite beat Rusudan Goletiani.

In the men's section, GM Gata Kamsky bubbled beat GM Varuzhan Akobian while all other games were a draw. Kamsky leads in the first group in the men's section while Christiansen in the second group.

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