Tuesday, July 17, 2007

2007 U.S. Women's Chess Championship - Day 2

Rounds 3 and 4 are the action today and things haven't lightened up any from yesterday's games! I was again able to kibbitz a bit on Round 3 while at the office. In looking at the games today, it seems everyone came out with great fighting spirit, and that was reflected in the pace of the games and in what seemed to me a large amount of material still left on the boards of several pairs even after 2 1/2 hours had passed! Everyone had their thinking caps on, and a few players may have been caught up in time troubles. The player I'm rooting for, Elizabeth Vicary, lost in Round 3 behind the black pieces to Krush, here's hoping she can recoup and win in Round 4 - a late night victory like she pulled off last night in Round 2! Here are the results from Round 3: 1. Tsagaan Battsetseg 1-0 Alisa Melekhina 2. Chouchanik Airapetian 0-1 Anna Zatonskih 3. Irina Krush 1-0 Elizabeth Vicary 4. Katerina Rohonyan 1-0 Camilla Baginskaite 5. Tatev Abrahamyan 0-1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs Round 4 is underway as I type this. Here are the current standings (includes the Round 4 draw between Zatonskih and Krush): 1 Anna Zatonskih 3 2-4 Katerina Rohonyan 2½ 2-4 Tsagaan Battsetseg 2½ 2-4 Irina Krush 2½ 5 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2 6 Camilla Baginskaite 1½ 7 Elizabeth Vicary 1 8-9 Tatev Abrahamyan ½ 8-9 Alisa Melekhina ½ 10 Chouchanik Airapetian 0

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