Wednesday, July 18, 2007

2007 U.S. Women's Chess Championship - Day 3

Well, the standings are the first thing in order - they are being updated constantly as games finish so these are the accrued standings after Round 5: 1 Katerina Rohonyan 4 2-3 Irina Krush 3½ 2-3 Tsagaan Battsetseg 3½ 4-5 Anna Zatonskih 3 4-5 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 3 6-7 Camilla Baginskaite 2½ 6-7 Alisa Melekhina 2½ 8-9 Tatev Abrahamyan 1½ 8-9 Elizabeth Vicary 1½ 10 Chouchanik Airapetian 0 Here are the results from Round 5: 1. Chouchanik Airapetian 0-1 Alisa Melekhina 2. Irina Krush 1-0 Tsagaan Battsetseg 3. Katerina Rohonyan 1-0 Anna Zatonskih 4. Tatev Abrahamyan 1-0 Elizabeth Vicary 5. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 1-0 Camilla Baginskaite Decisive results!!! - all over the place!!! Not a draw in the bunch!!! I was fixated on 2 games today Elizabeth Vicary's was one; seemed to me she missed a couple of - well - what the heck do I know about her level of chess when all is said and done? I thought she had the game in the bag. Drat! She ended up losing! The other game I was constantly trying to watch (while trying to dig out from a barage of work) was the youngest player in the group, Melekhina. She got another victory today, this one behind the black pieces! Battsetseg's game (b) against Krush (w) was awesome to watch - she had me on the edge of my seat. She came out swinging and never stopped - perhaps she played a bit too aggressively? Krush stayed calm and played precisely and came away with a victory - amazing after all of Battsetseg's fireworks! Round 6 is underway. Melekhina is (w) tonight against Baginskaite (b); they share the same score (2.5) and the two beauties, (w) with the least experience and (b) with the most experience in the chessly world should make an interesting game. Will Melekhina be able to maintain her level-headed play? Updated 7:52 p.m.: Battsetseg and Rohonyan have agreed to a draw. Updated 9:31 p.m.: Vicary lost to Tuvshintugs. Updated 10:25 p.m.: Whoa horsey! I just checked in again and see that Abrahamyan (b) drew with Zatonskih (w)! Krush (b) defeated Airapetian (w). Melekhina (w) and Baginskaite (b) are still slugging it out - well actually, not slugging - more like doing a ballet.

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