US Chess Championships 2013 Round 2: Christiansen, Kamsky in Lead
The most hyped game of the day featured teenage IM Kayden Troff against the top-seeded Kamsky. Going into the game, Troff said Kamsky was the highest-rated player he had ever faced, however the youngster drew GM Michael Adams, who is just a few points below Kamsky. Overall, Kamsky said he could have been in serious trouble if Troff had used his active pieces to attack the king more. Eventually, Kamsky won.
Grandmaster Larry Christiansen, who won his first U.S. Championship in 1980 and his most recent in 2002, faced an uphill climb as he seeks to win a title in yet another decade. Facing second-seeded GM Timur Gareev as black, the veteran admitted that his opponent was better out of the opening. Since they are the only players with two points, these two winners must play tomorrow even though their colors do not line up. Both players are due white, but Kamsky is higher rated and will get his due color. Christiansen insisted afterward he would still play aggressively as black.
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