Saturday, May 11, 2013

2013 U.S. Women's Chess Championships: Round 8

5:10 p.m.

Been watching and listening to live coverage of R8.  The U.S. Championship is going to be fireworks tomorrow, for sure.  And for the chess femmes, are are results thus far:

Sabina Foisor - Viktorija Ni (...Rg8 41. Qxe6) 1 - 0
Iryna Zenyuk - Anna Zatonskih (39. Rxg2 Qxe1) 0 -1

As expected, Zatonskih took a full point from Zenyuk, and now must wait for the outcome of the Abrahamyan - Krush game to see where she stands going into Round 9!

Yet to be finished for the ladies:

Tatev Abrahamyan - Irina Krush (through move 49))
Camilla Baginskaite - Sarah Chiang (white through move 46)
Alena Kats - Anjelina Belakovskaia (white through move 43)

Stay tuned!  Something tells me my hair is going to go several shades of grey while I wait for the denoument of R8!

Updated 5:23 p.m.

Holy Hathor!  Update - Krush has defeated Abrahamyan.  Abrahamyan evidently resigned before making her 51st move.

Updated 6:11 p.m.

Camilla Baginskaite - Sarah Chiang (...Ka1 69. f6) 1 -0
Alena Kata 0 Anjelina Belakovskaia (...Kh8 68. f7) 1 -0

Updated 6:17 p.m.

Hola darlings!  Here are the official results for R8:

1WGM Foisor, Sabina2.52300WIM Ni, Viktorija2.022621-0
2WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev5.52280IM Krush, Irina6.524700-1
3WGM Baginskaite, Camilla3.02278WFM Chiang, Sarah1.520981-0
4WFM Kats, Alena2.02144WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina2.522631-0
5WIM Zenyuk, Iryna4.02243IM Zatonskih, Anna5.524660-1

Here are the women's standings after R8:

1IM Krush, Irina7.5F24702704+1.4311111½11
2IM Zatonskih, Anna6.5F24662508+0.471101½111
3WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev5.5F22802424+1.5311½1½1½0
4WGM Baginskaite, Camilla4.0F22782257-0.24½01½½0½1
5WIM Zenyuk, Iryna4.0F22432287+0.451010½½10
6WGM Foisor, Sabina3.5F23002212-0.9900011½01
7WFM Kats, Alena3.0F21442233+0.770½½½0½01
8WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina2.5F22632146-1.26011000½0
9WIM Ni, Viktorija2.0F22622090-1.81½½001000
10WFM Chiang, Sarah1.5F20982064-0.35000001½0

And the pairings for the final round of regulation play tomorrow:

1IM Zatonskih, Anna6.52466WGM Foisor, Sabina3.52300
2WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina2.52263WIM Zenyuk, Iryna4.02243
3WFM Chiang, Sarah1.52098WFM Kats, Alena3.02144
4IM Krush, Irina7.52470WGM Baginskaite, Camilla4.02278
5WIM Ni, Viktorija2.02262WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev5.52280

Krush needs only a draw against Baginskaite tomorrow to secure first place because she will have 8.0.  Baginskaite would have to defeat Krush  and Zatonskih would have to win her game against Sabine Foisor in order to force a play-off.  All of this gets too complicated for me!  I'm content to just wait and see what develops tomorrow. I will say this:  barring some unforeseen horrible collapse, I just do not see Krush losing her R9 game, and no offense intended against Camilla Baginskaite.

I will once again have both laptops going tomorrow: one tuned into the live coverage at and one where I can be doing other things.


Oh hell, I'm so lousy at this, but I'm going to do it anyway:

Zatonskih over Foisor
Belakovskaia draws with Zenyuk
Chiang draws with Kats
Krush over Baginskaite
Ni loses to Abrahamyan

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