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Friday, April 22, 2011

US chess championships go into tie-breaks

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Hi everybody,

Two tie-break matches will decide the final list of semi-finalists at the US Chess Championships 2011 on Friday. Gata Kamsky, Yuri Shulman, Robert Hess, Irina Krush, Tatev Abrahamyan and Camilla Baginskaite have qualified for the next stage of the U.S. Championships. Today, in two-game rapid matches, Sam Shankland and Alexander Onischuk, and also Anna Zatonskih and Sabina Foisor, will fight for the last places.

The 2011 U.S. Championship and 2011 U.S. Women’s Championship are taking place from April 14-28 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The games of the Championships can be followed
live here. Like last year, there’s a daily live show with GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade, produced by Macauley Peterson, including trivia, polls, viewer questions and lots of prizes given away.

(Photo: Seirawan just missing qualification)

Earlier, in Round 7, GM Gata Kamsky and GM Yury Shulman, the reigning champion and the past champion, played a short draw to ensure that they both qualified for the next stage. The two players were the highest seeds in Group A. Kamsky’s half-point got him to 5/7 while Shulman scored an undefeated undefeated 4.5/7. Robson beat Ivanov to score 4/7 and qualify.

In the women's section Sabina Foisor despite a great start lost her way and is now in a tie-break with Anna Zatonskih for the last qualification spot.

Here are the final standings:
Preliminary group A Round 7
Kamsky 5, Shulman 4.5, Robson 4, Ivanov 3.5, Akobian , Ehlvest, 3, Naroditsky, Stripunsky 2.5
Preliminary group B Round 7
Hess 5.5, Shankland, Onishchuk 4, Seirawan, Finegold 3.5, Kaidanov 3, Christiansen 2.5, Shabalov 2
Women's group B Round 7
Krush 5.5, Abrahamyan, Baginskaite 4.5, Foisor, Zatonskih 4, Goletiani, Zenyuk, 2, melekhina 1.5

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