Monday, May 6, 2013

2013 U.S. Women's Chess Championship: R4

What a bummer!  I missed everything going on in St. Louis while working today.  I didn't even have a chance to put on my ear-phones and catch snatches of commentary here and there.

Here are the match-ups and results from R4:

1WGM Foisor, Sabina0.02300WFM Chiang, Sarah0.020981-0
2IM Krush, Irina3.02470WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina2.022631-0
3WIM Ni, Viktorija1.02262IM Zatonskih, Anna2.024660-1
4WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev2.52280WIM Zenyuk, Iryna2.022431-0
5WGM Baginskaite, Camilla1.52278WFM Kats, Alena1.02144½-½

And the standings after R4:

1IM Krush, Irina4.0F24703014+1.061111
2WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev3.5F22802577+1.3011½1
3IM Zatonskih, Anna3.0F24662471+0.101101
4WGM Baginskaite, Camilla2.0F22782247-0.17½01½
5WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina2.0F22632334+0.360110
6WIM Zenyuk, Iryna2.0F22432278+0.181010
7WFM Kats, Alena1.5F21442236+0.390½½½
8WGM Foisor, Sabina1.0F23002037-1.370001
9WIM Ni, Viktorija1.0F22622090-0.91½½00
10WFM Chiang, Sarah0.0F20981579-0.940000

Is everyone now putting money on the Abrahamyan/Krush game in R8? Can Krush run the table?  Who's going to stop her?

From R4:

What do you think of Krush's game against Belakovskaia?  That ending position - Holy Hathor! 

Let's see, it took Baginskaite 79 moves to wrest a draw from Kats...  Viktorija Ni didn't exactly roll over and die against the powerful Zatonskih, either.

Wow, I'm impressed, ladies. 

Here are the match-ups for R5:

1WFM Kats, Alena1.52144WGM Foisor, Sabina1.02300
2WIM Zenyuk, Iryna2.02243WGM Baginskaite, Camilla2.02278
3IM Zatonskih, Anna3.02466WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev3.52280
4WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina2.02263WIM Ni, Viktorija1.02262
5WFM Chiang, Sarah0.02098IM Krush, Irina4.02470

Games I'm interested in for R5 are Zatonskih v. Abrahamyan, and Kats v. Foisor.  Belakovskaia v. Ni (very evenly matched in terms of ELO, but not experience) may also prove to be a hard-fought game. 

No rest day for the ladies until Wednesday!  By now they must be tired, and these long grueling games many of them have been playing must be taking a toll. 

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