Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Winner of 2008 U.S. Women's Chess Championship

Irina Krush! She won the third play-off game behind the black pieces in a rapid-chess game (5 minutes on the clock for each player) Here's the final game in PGN: [Event "2008 Frank K. Berry U.S. Chess Championship"] [Site "Tulsa"] [Date "2008.05.21"] [Round "12Playoff"] [White "Zatonskih, Anna"] [Black "Krush, Irina"][Result "0-1"] [WhiteELO "2490"][WhiteTitle "IM"] [BlackELO "2515"][BlackTitle "IM"] [Source "MonRoi"] 1.e4 c5 2.g3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Bg2 Qe6 6.Kf1 Nc6 7.h3 Bh5 8.d3 Qd7 9.Be3 e6 10.Nbd2 Nf6 11.Nb3 Nd5 12.Bxc5 Bxc5 13.Nxc5 Qe7 14.Nb3 O-O 15.Kg1 f5 16.d4 Rad8 17.Qe2 Nf6 18.c3 Ne4 19.Re1 e5 20.Qe3 exd4 21.Nfxd4 Ne5 22.Nxf5 Rxf5 23.Qxe4 Bg6 24.f4 Qc7 25.Qxb7 Qc4 26.fxe5 Qd3 27.Kh2 Rf2 28.Rhf1 Rxb2 29.e6 h6 30.e7 Re8 31.Qd5 0-1 Thanks to Susan Polgar's blog for providing updating posts on the play-0ff games and the denouement. I'm exhausted - it's way past my bed-time and I haven't eaten supper yet, time for this chess femme to call it a night! STOP THE PRESSES! UPDATED 12:10 A.M. NOT SO FAST! I tried to go to bed before midnight and this is what I get - Irina Krush did NOT win - ANNA ZATONSKIH IS THE WINNER OF THE 2008 U.S. WOMEN'S CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!! At least - I think so - that's what I read at both Monroi just a few seconds ago and at Susan Polgar's blog, so it MUST be true. I thought game 3, which Krush won (?) was the end - but I guess not. Oh, I'll try and figure it all out tomorrow, or else leave it up to the people who really know about this stuff. Darlings, I just follow along as best I can, which obviously sometimes is not very good! Okay, now I really must scrub off my crusted on make-up and hit the sack - the alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m....

2 comments:

Chanda in The Disordered Cosmos said...

Actually, it appears that the playoffs are still going on. Irina lost the fourth playoff game, so as of this moment, they are even 2-2. Here is the link for Susan Polgar's post about the fourth game:
http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2008/05/zatonskih-wins-with-black-to-even-up-2.html

Jan said...

You are absolutely right - there were two rapid chess play-off games and two blitz speed play-off games and then the Armageddon game which I learned more about the "Armageddon" method this morning over at Monroi and by some comments left at Mig's Daily Dirt blog by Greg Shahade. I didn't realize what had happened until I'd already posted and then decided one last time to check at Monroi to see if they had any updated news and that's when I saw that Zatonskih had won!

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