Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2010 U.S. Women's Chess Championship - R4

Ach - it was over when Melekhina lost her only pawn.  She resigned on move 82.

Unofficial standings:
Krush 3.5
Zatonskih 3.5
Abrahamyan 3.0
Melekhina 2.0
Zenyuk 2.0
Baginskaite 1.5
Foisor 1.5
Marinello 1.5
Rohanyan 1.0
Marshall 0.5

Pairings for R5:

1 WIM Beatriz Marinello  2206 - WGM Sabina Foisor  2356
2 WFM Tatev Abrahamyan  2403 - WFM Abby Marshall  2211
3 IM Anna Zatonskih  2518 - WIM Iryna Zenyuk  2286
4 WGM Katerina Rohonyan  2322 - WIM Alisa Melekhina  2323
5 WGM Camilla Baginskaite  2387 - IM Irina Krush  2521

Relatively speaking, I expect Abrahamyan to win against Marshall.  She'll want to keep pace with the leaders, who will each be gunning for wins.  Call me crazy, but I think Baginskaite will give Krush a hard time tomorrow - don't know about that one.  Zatonskih should come out on top over Zenyuk - which means Krush will be pushing for a win to keep pace.  If Krush draws, Zatonskih wins and Abrahamyan wins, suddenly Krush is in third pace.  Hmmm....

Rohonyan and Melekhina - odds favor a draw but neither lady has been inclined toward drawish games!  I can't say about Rohonyan but I'm fairly sure Melekhina does not want to settle for "middle of the pack" this Championship!  Don't have a clue what may happen in that one.  Marinello-Foisor, I think Foisor may pull out a win.

We'll see.  Perhaps I should try divination by writing the players' names around the rim of a bowl, floating a toothpick on water and see where it points when I ask specific questions...  Probably the toothpick would not deign to move.

Exhausting R5 tomorrow, and STILL one more round after that before a day off for the players. Oh I know, I know, I'm SOOOOO picky. 

Coverage the rest of the week will be sketchy until Saturday - I just can't watch enough of the games and listen to the commentary during the work week while they're actually being played, and I don't have the energy or the hours to do that after I get home from a hard day at the office.  Wish I had some staff to do tht for me but - alas --

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