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Monday, April 25, 2011

US Chess Championships: Kamsky through to final, others in playoffs

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Hi everyone,

Grandmaster Gata Kamsky has made it to the finals of the US Chess Championships 2011 by beating IM Samuel L Shankland in the two game match by winning the second game. The other semifinal between GM Robert L. Hess and GM Yuri Shulman ended in a draw so they will go into the playoffs now. 

Grandmaster Gata Kamsky: Prescription for success

In the women's section we have IM Irina Krush and IM Anna Zatonskih drawing their semifinal match while WGM Camilla Baginskaite and WFM Tatev Abrahamyan also drew their semifinal match for the entire group to head to playoffs. 

Here are the tiebreak rules:

Semifinals and finals tiebreaks will consist of a two-game rapid match (G/25+5 second increment). If the contest is still undecided, the match will go to a rapid Armageddon bidding game with a base time of 45 minutes for each Player. Black will have draw odds. Each Player shall bid an amount of time (minutes and seconds, a number equal to or less than 45:00) they are willing to play with in order to choose their colour. The Player who bids the lowest amount of time chooses his colour and begins with that amount of time; the other Player receives 45:00. If both Players bid exactly the same amount of time, the Chief Arbiter will flip a coin to determine who shall choose their colour.

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