Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 U.S. Women's Chess Championship

Results R6:

1WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev2.52329WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca3.023641-0
2FM Melekhina, Alisa2.52242WGM Baginskaite, Camilla0.523581-0
3WIM Ni, Viktorija2.02228WFM Kats, Alena1.021371-0
4WIM Zenyuk, Iryna3.02224IM Zatonskih, Anna3.525100-1
5IM Krush, Irina4.02457IM Goletiani, Rusudan3.02333½-½

Standings after R6 (cross-table):

1IM Zatonskih, Anna4.5F25102456-0.3011½½½1
2IM Krush, Irina4.5F24572480+0.181½1½1½
3IM Goletiani, Rusudan3.5F23332369+0.3310101½
4WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev3.5F23292352+0.23½10101
5FM Melekhina, Alisa3.5F22422394+1.21½½0½11
6WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca3.0F23642354-0.0601½1½0
7WIM Ni, Viktorija3.0F22282332+0.78½001½1
8WIM Zenyuk, Iryna3.0F22242350+0.96½11½00
9WFM Kats, Alena1.0F21372062-0.53001000
10WGM Baginskaite, Camilla0.5F23581918-2.800000½0

Pairings for R7:

1IM Goletiani, Rusudan3.52333WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev3.52329
2IM Zatonskih, Anna4.52510IM Krush, Irina4.52457
3WFM Kats, Alena1.02137WIM Zenyuk, Iryna3.02224
4WGM Baginskaite, Camilla0.52358WIM Ni, Viktorija3.02228
5WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca3.02364FM Melekhina, Alisa3.52242

Tomorrow a much-anticipated game between Zatonskih with white against Krush with black at Table 2.  I also expect the Table 1 match-up to be intense.  Abrahamyan wants to move into the first or second position after being a bridesmaid for several years running.  I don't know if she's strong enough to do it, but she sure as hell is STUBBORN, a trait I admire (gee, I wonder why) :) 
Abrahamyan won't give up. 

Really, except for Baginskaite's performance, I am pleasantly surprised by how tight the scores actually are after 6 games, with only 3 more to go, with Alena Kats being somewhat of an outlyer.

Jen Shahade commenting during R4 of the U.S. Chess
Championship.  Leopard Print?  Soooo Judit Polgar!
Zatonskih scored a "must win" game today against  the "other" Iryna, Iryna Zenyk, in order to stay in first place after Krush's draw.  Iryna is a good friend of the Irina with whom Zatonskih keeps trading the U.S. Women's title back and forth.  I don't know if Krush took it "easy" today in agreeing to a draw, I haven't looked at the games and, frankly, I probably wouldn't be able to tell anything from it anyway without hearing live commentary from the pros! 

In any event, we all know she'll have her hands full tomorrow with black against Zatonskih, who will be looking to make another definitive move by taking the full point.  The final 3 games should be where the leaders pull away from the pretenders -- and that doesn't mean someone pretending to play chess, that means someone who hasn't been there before trying to move as high up the ranks as possible and possible take over one of the top spot -- as in "pretender to the throne."  That sort of pretender

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