It's official - Tatev Abrhamyan won with the black pieces against Katerina Rohonyan and Camilla Baginskaite won with white against Beatrice Marinello.
So, Melekhina and Rohonyan finish tied for 4th place with 4.5/9. Unofficial rankings:
I've no idea when or how the Goddesschess/9 Queens Fighting Chess Award will be decided. There were many impressive performances this year: Krush, definitely. She had several of the shortest games of the tournament and that says something. Zatonskih never gave up and eeked out a slight advantage in long, grinding end games seemingly out of nowhere! Zenyuk had all decisive results - no draws: 4 wins and 5 losses. Constantly in time trouble but always fighting. Rohonyan got better as the tournament went on. Perhaps most of all, I was impressed by Abby Marshall. She never gave up, and sure as shootin' she gave the two tournament leaders a hard time!
We don't have any behind-the-scenes input into choosing the winner - that's part of the deal. We want the judge to be totally independent in her decision. For tonight, I'm chessed out, darlings. I don't want to think about it anymore.
Congratulations to Irina Krush on her 3rd US Women's title. Indeed, congratulations to all of the players. I think this has been the best women's championship ever!
And we're already planning for the 2011 U.S. Women's Chess Championship.