Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 U.S. Women's Chess Championship: Round 1

Woo woo!  It's started, darlings! 

I just got settled in after getting home from the office.  A cold (high didn't get above 46 degrees F), rainy, uber-windy and generally all-around crappy day here in Milwaukeeland.  After two sunny teaser days, one high of 85 F and the next high of 77 F. Arrrggghhh! 

So I rushed home to see if the games were over already (they are) -- well, they started at 1 p.m.  Didn't have a SECOND to check the action while at the office.  So without further ado, here are the results for the ladies:

Alena Kats (2144) (W) v. Irina Krush (2470)(B): 0-1: An 82 move headbanger - Holy Hathor!

Tatev Abrahamyan (2280) (W) v. Sabina Foisor (2300) (B): 1-0: Black resigned on move 87 - looks like a wild game with neither player wishing to back down.

Camille Baginskaite (2278) (W) v. Viktorija Ni (2262) (B):  1/2-1/2: Draw agreed to after W's move 41.  An evenly matched pairing.

Iryna Zenyuk (2243) (W) v. Sarah Chiang (2098) (B): 1-0: Sarah Chiang is the youngest player, at age 15.  She resigned after W's move 61. 

Anna Zatonskih (2466) (W) v. Anjelina Belakovskaia (2263) (B): 1-0: I haven't played through it, looks like it moved to end game relatively quickly, bang bang bang bang!  B resigned after move 26, despite putting W's K into check and despite being up 2 pawns, because W had safe moves for her K plus a pawn that would promote in one move after her K's move, and B had no way to stop it.

Added at 7:45 p.m. standings:

1IM Krush, Irina1.0F24702879+0.131
2IM Zatonskih, Anna1.0F24662998+0.241
3WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev1.0F22803035+0.531
4WIM Zenyuk, Iryna1.0F22432833+0.311
5WGM Baginskaite, Camilla0.5F22782262-0.02½
6WIM Ni, Viktorija0.5F22622278+0.02½
7WGM Foisor, Sabina0.0F23001545-0.530
8WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina0.0F22631731-0.240
9WFM Kats, Alena0.0F21441735-0.130
10WFM Chiang, Sarah0.0F20981508-0.310

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