Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 U.S. Women's Chess Championship

Totally missed it, darlings, so busy involved in this house thing!  I'm going into this news fresh -- don't even know who won.  So, without further ado, here are the final standings:

ch-USA w 2014 Saint Louis USA (USA), 7-21 v 2014cat. I (2270)
1.Krush, IrinagUSA2489*1½1½½½½112411
2.Zatonskih, AnnamUSA24690*1½½11½112413
3.Abrahamyan, TatevwgUSA2366½0*1½11½112424
4.Nemcova, KaterinawgUSA22820½0*½½1½1152311
5.Zenyuk, IrynaUSA2249½½½½*0½10½42228
6.Melekhina, AlisafUSA2151½00½1*01½½42239
7.Foisor, Sabina-FrancescawgUSA2238½000½1*01142230
8.Ni, ViktorijawmUSA2206½½½½001*0½2196
9.Eswaran, AshrithaUSA197900001½01*12221
10.Baginskaite, CamillawgUSA22670000½½0½0*1996
Round 1 (May 8, 2014)
Abrahamyan, Tatev- Melekhina, Alisa1-046C50Giuoco Piano
Nemcova, Katerina- Krush, Irina0-157B89Sicilian Sozin Attack
Zenyuk, Iryna- Zatonskih, Anna½-½50E12Queens Indian Petrosian
Foisor, Sabina-Francesca- Baginskaite, Camilla1-034E32Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Ni, Viktorija- Eswaran, Ashritha0-183A46Queen's Pawn Opening
Round 2 (May 9, 2014)
Krush, Irina- Eswaran, Ashritha1-039A30English Symmetrical
Zatonskih, Anna- Abrahamyan, Tatev1-048C02French Advance
Nemcova, Katerina- Zenyuk, Iryna½-½38B35Sicilian Defence
Melekhina, Alisa- Foisor, Sabina-Francesca0-153C02French Advance
Baginskaite, Camilla- Ni, Viktorija½-½61A56Old Indian Defence
Round 3 (May 10, 2014)
Abrahamyan, Tatev- Nemcova, Katerina1-047C53Giuoco Piano
Zenyuk, Iryna- Krush, Irina½-½30D38QGD Ragozin
Foisor, Sabina-Francesca- Zatonskih, Anna0-145E34Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Ni, Viktorija- Melekhina, Alisa0-134A04Dutch System
Eswaran, Ashritha- Baginskaite, Camilla1-062B92Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Round 4 (May 12, 2014)
Krush, Irina- Baginskaite, Camilla1-023E56Nimzo Indian
Zatonskih, Anna- Ni, Viktorija½-½63E60King's Indian without Nc3
Nemcova, Katerina- Foisor, Sabina-Francesca1-029B06Modern Defence
Zenyuk, Iryna- Abrahamyan, Tatev½-½55A33English Symmetrical
Melekhina, Alisa- Eswaran, Ashritha½-½60B23Sicilian Closed
Round 5 (May 13, 2014)
Abrahamyan, Tatev- Krush, Irina½-½41B32Sicilian Labourdonnais
Foisor, Sabina-Francesca- Zenyuk, Iryna½-½47E38Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Ni, Viktorija- Nemcova, Katerina½-½50E17Queens Indian
Eswaran, Ashritha- Zatonskih, Anna0-143C11French Defence
Baginskaite, Camilla- Melekhina, Alisa½-½111A59Volga Gambit
Round 6 (May 14, 2014)
Krush, Irina- Melekhina, Alisa½-½49E10Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Zatonskih, Anna- Baginskaite, Camilla1-0103D40Semi-Tarrasch Defence
Abrahamyan, Tatev- Foisor, Sabina-Francesca1-038C54Giuoco Piano
Nemcova, Katerina- Eswaran, Ashritha1-054A22English Opening
Zenyuk, Iryna- Ni, Viktorija1-042A41Modern Defence
Round 7 (May 16, 2014)
Melekhina, Alisa- Zatonskih, Anna0-172C02French Advance
Foisor, Sabina-Francesca- Krush, Irina½-½78E32Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Ni, Viktorija- Abrahamyan, Tatev½-½47A46Queen's Pawn Opening
Eswaran, Ashritha- Zenyuk, Iryna1-063E66King's Indian Fianchetto
Baginskaite, Camilla- Nemcova, Katerina0-114E47Nimzo Indian
Round 8 (May 17, 2014)
Krush, Irina- Zatonskih, Anna1-075A13Reti Opening
Abrahamyan, Tatev- Eswaran, Ashritha1-071B32Sicilian Labourdonnais
Nemcova, Katerina- Melekhina, Alisa½-½52C50Giuoco Piano
Zenyuk, Iryna- Baginskaite, Camilla½-½45E11Bogo Indian Defence
Foisor, Sabina-Francesca- Ni, Viktorija0-152A53Old Indian Defence
Round 9 (May 19, 2014)
Zatonskih, Anna- Nemcova, Katerina½-½81E32Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Melekhina, Alisa- Zenyuk, Iryna1-047B31Sicilian Rossolimo
Ni, Viktorija- Krush, Irina½-½66B23Sicilian Closed
Eswaran, Ashritha- Foisor, Sabina-Francesca0-140A04Dutch System
Baginskaite, Camilla- Abrahamyan, Tatev0-146E46Nimzo Indian Rubinstein

ch-USA Armageddon w 2014 Saint Louis USA Wed 7th May 2014 - Wed 21st May 2014
Leading Final Round 1 Standings:
1Abrahamyan, TatevWGMUSA2366=0.5
2Zatonskih, AnnaIMUSA2469=0.5
2 players

ch-USA TB w 2014 Saint Louis USA Wed 7th May 2014 - Wed 21st May 2014
Leading Final Round 2 Standings:
1Krush, IrinaGMUSA24891=1.5
2Abrahamyan, TatevWGMUSA23660=0.5
2 players

GM Irina Krush won her 6th U.S. title and successfully defended her 2013 title.  Again, the top three female players in the country -- Anna Zatonskih, Tatev Abrahamyan, and Krush, battled it out to an exciting climax.  Tatev -- continues to be a bridesmaid, not a bride!  But I have faith in her.  She WILL win the title within the next few years, unless she quits chess altogether.  I just can't imagine that happening, not until she's won her title! 

Article at website of St. Louis Chess Club.  Oh yeah.  GM Gata Kamsky won the men's title.

Women's Prize Structure ($72,000 total; men's prizes were $172,000 total.  Yeah, it's bullshit):

$20, 000
$4, 500
$13, 000
$4, 000
$9, 000
$3, 500
$7, 000
$3, 000
$5, 000
$2, 000
Best Game Prize: $1,000
Total Prize Fund: $72, 000

I was sorry not to see Anjelina Belakovskaia play again this year. 

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