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Friday, May 18, 2012

US Chess Championships 2012: Kamsky in Clear First; Zatonskih, Krush Still in Joint Lead

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SAINT LOUIS: GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky went into round nine of the 2012 U.S. Championship tied with six points each. But the chess games of the ninth round had different results. Kamsky won by defeating GM Yasser Seirawan with a spectacular combination. Nakamura worked hard for six hours and 121 moves but had draw with GM Alex Lenderman. His matchup with Kamsky tomorrow will mean he is playing from behind for the first time in the tournament. Kamsky now has seven points, while Nakamura is at 6.5.
In the 2012 U.S. Women's Chess Championship, both leaders won to keep pace with each other, though IMs Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih were both worse in their respective games. The title will go to either Krush or Zatonskih. If one woman manages to win in round nine and the other does not, a clear winner will emerge. If not, a playoff Sunday will ensue. The women get an off day tomorrow while the U.S. Championship resumes Friday for round 10. Tune in to at 1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern for live commentary from GM Ben Finegold and WGM Jennifer Shahade.

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