Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012 U.S. Women's Chess Championship

Results R7:

1IM Goletiani, Rusudan3.52333WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev3.523291-0
2IM Zatonskih, Anna4.52510IM Krush, Irina4.52457½-½
3WFM Kats, Alena1.02137WIM Zenyuk, Iryna3.02224½-½
4WGM Baginskaite, Camilla0.52358WIM Ni, Viktorija3.02228½-½
5WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca3.02364FM Melekhina, Alisa3.522421-0

Ouch!  Abrahamyan had a chance to get within 1/2 point of the leaders, who drew their game today (anti-climax!)  Instead, she's stuck with 3.5, Goletiani takes over 3rd place and Foisor springs into 4th place with her win against Melekhina.

Standings after R7:

1IM Zatonskih, Anna5.0F25102448-0.3711½½½1½
2IM Krush, Irina5.0F24572477+0.251½1½1½½
3IM Goletiani, Rusudan4.5F23332417+0.8210101½1
4WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca4.0F23642388+0.2701½1½01
5WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev3.5F23292300-0.26½101010
6FM Melekhina, Alisa3.5F22422340+0.88½½0½110
7WIM Ni, Viktorija3.5F22282335+0.96½001½1½
8WIM Zenyuk, Iryna3.5F22242319+0.84½11½00½
9WFM Kats, Alena1.5F21372089-0.41001000½
10WGM Baginskaite, Camilla1.0F23581997-2.980000½0½

R8 pairings:

1WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev3.52329FM Melekhina, Alisa3.52242
2WIM Ni, Viktorija3.52228WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca4.02364
3WIM Zenyuk, Iryna3.52224WGM Baginskaite, Camilla1.02358
4IM Krush, Irina5.02457WFM Kats, Alena1.52137
5IM Goletiani, Rusudan4.52333IM Zatonskih, Anna5.02510

R6 Zatonskih in Angst. Zenyuk had white. Photo from
Well, ujnless Alena Kats has the game of her life, put 1.0 up in Krush's column of Ws!  Zatonskih, on the other hand, is going to have her hands full with a fired up Goletiani who will also have the white pieces.  Goletiani has 4 wins already, Zatonskih (and Krush), 3.  Uh uh.  Could my prediction of a Zatonskih repeat be ill-fated?  Could I be - gulp - wrong?  We'll see.

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