Monday, September 12, 2011

St. Louis - Kings v. Queens Tournament

This is a fabulous photo of the five chess femmes comprising the "Queens" team in the St. Louis tournament:

From left to right: IM Irina Krush, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM Kateryna Lahno, IM Martha Fierro, IM Anna Zatonskih.
Report from the second day of the tournament (September 11, 2011), when the ladies stormed back!

The basics, once again, from the CCSCSL:

  • GM Kateryna Lahno (2554) - Ukraine
  • IM Anna Zatonskih (2508) - U.S.
  • GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2469) - Russia
  • IM Irina Krush (2472) - U.S.
  • IM Martha Fierro (2378) - Ecuador
  • GM Hikaru Nakamura (2753) - U.S.
  • IM Marc Arnold (2505) - U.S.
  • GM Ben Finegold (2489) - U.S.
  • IM Jacek Stopa (2482) - Poland
  • NM Kevin Cao (2152) - U.S.
The average team rating of both the Queens and Kings is 2476 FIDE. This will be a Scheveningen-paired tournament, in which each of the five team members will play each of the opposing team members twice: once in a Fischer Random (Chess 960) game with a time control of G/25 + 10-second increment and once in a rapid game with a time control of G/25 with a 5-second increment.
The Opening Ceremony for the tournament will take place on September 9, and the first round will begin at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 10.

The winning team of the event will win $20,000, divided equally between each member of that team. In addition, individual prizes will be awarded based on final standings and are are as follows:
  • 1st: $5,500
  • 2nd: $5,000
  • 3rd: $4,500
  • 4th: $4,000
  • 5th: $3,500
  • 6th: $3,000
  • 7th: $2,500
  • 8th: $2,000
  • 9th: $1,500
  • 10th: $1,000
So, what happened today???  Unfortunately, the ladies fell flat on their beautiful faces:

Round 3: 3:00 pm, Monday, September 12
(Position:QBNRNKBR | SPID#:108 | Download PGN)
Round 3: 5:00 pm, Monday, September 12
IM Jacek Stopa1-0IM Anna ZatonskihIM Anna Zatonskih0-1IM Jacek Stopa
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk0-1GM Hikaru NakamuraGM Hikaru Nakamura1-0GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
GM Kateryna Lahno0-1GM Ben FinegoldGM Ben Finegold½-½GM Kateryna Lahno
IM Irina Krush½-½IM Marc ArnoldIM Marc Arnold1-0IM Irina Krush
Kevin Cao1-0IM Martha FierroIM Martha Fierro1-0Kevin Cao

What the hell happened today?  The Queens are digging such a large hole for themselves, it's a foregone conclusion who will win this tournament.  I'll visit things once it's all over and review the slaughter.

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