Dates: May 7 - 21, 2014
Place: Chess Club and Scholastic Center, St. Louis, MO
It's a beautiful venue, if a bit cramped, and in a gorgeous neighborhood. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, night life galore. People all over, and yet surrounded by quiet residential streets of homes that very much remind me of parts of the ever-trendy east side in Milwaukee, WI. I walked all over that neighborhood in 2009, it was wonderful, but hot and steamy! Even attended a couple sessions of analysis during the Kings v. Queens Tournament while I was in St. Louis in September that year attending a CCI meeting.
Invitations for MEN's Event:
- 2013 U.S. Champion: Gata Kamsky
- 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Champion: Daniel Naroditsky
- 2013 U.S. Open Champion: Josh Friedel (Will be cheering wildly for GM Friedel, now a WI resident)
- (1) - Wildcard (TBD)
- (8) - Rating (TBD - March supplement)
- 2013 U.S. Women's Champion: Irina Krush
- (2) - Wildcard (TBD)
(7) - Rating (TBD - March supplement)
February, 2014 top 20 U.S. Women:
|1||Krush, Irina (12543137)||NY||USA||2554|
|2||Zatonskih, Anna (12873912)||NY||USA||2520|
|3||Abrahamyan, Tatev (12851435)||CA||USA||2474|
|4||Baginskaite, Camilla (12716466)||SD||USA||2358|
|5||Zenyuk, Iryna V (12846035)||PA||USA||2352|
|6||Goletiani, Rusudan (12807449)||NY||USA||2335|
|7||Rohonyan, Katerina (12973020)||WA||USA||2325|
|8||Belakovskaia, Anjelina (12559824)||AZ||USA||2317|
|9||Foisor, Sabina-Francesca (14012260)||MD||USA||2311|
|10||Ni, Viktorija (14449677)||IL||USA||2302|
|11||Nemcova, Katerina (14723368)||TX||USA||2294|
|12||Melekhina, Alisa (12726115)||PA||USA||2268|
|13||Chiang, Sarah (13091081)||TX||USA||2261|
|14||Inapuri, Ramya Krishna (15185381)||IL||USA||2243|
|15||Kats, Alena (12980885)||NY||USA||2233|
|16||Tsodikova, Natalya (12634942)||CA||USA||2226|
|17||Marinello, Beatriz (12537449)||NY||USA||2210|
|18||Eswaran, Ashritha (14044705)||CA||USA||2199|
|19||Liao, Simone (13228302)||CA||USA||2189|
|20||Yu, Jennifer R (14117950)||VA||USA||2166|
I'm partial to Belakovskaia. I would love to see her get an invite, accept and come and kick some butt! Last year she was rusty and tentative, and it showed in her results. She showed occasional flashes of her former brilliance, though. So I have high hopes for Anjelina!
And isn't it about time that Tatev A. finally took the title. She comes every year and kicks butt, but somehow falls short in the end. Sooooo frustrating, I can imagine how it is for her, LOL! I'm just a spectator and a fan and I'm utterly worn out by it!
Irina Krush has earned a GM title, congrats. Want to see a lot more American chess femmes strive for that -- and not by being awarded a GM title because of winning the women's world chess championship -- although we have no player close to being able to do that. Sigh.
Would love to see Katerina Rohonyan back at the U.S. Championship. She played last year in the Grand Pacific Open and is back again for another go at the title in Victoria, BC in 2014! Go Katerina!
What's this? I'm not on the list. Hey, what the heck? Well, okay okay, so my rating is something like 500 teens. Last year I got a draw against a player rated nearly 1000 points higher than me. I was brilliant! I was so brilliant, I even moved his pieces! Ha! Take that, USCF!