Round 1 action of the U.S. Chess Championship once again being hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis with a LOT of money on the line, so most of the top players in the US. and wild-card qualifier IM Irina Krush are going for the big bucks. Thanks to Rex Sinquefield, et al for hosting and funding the championship again this year at the fabulous St. Louis digs.
The dudes were actually playing fighting chess - all right! Eight out of 12 games were decisive and of course Krush was going for the win all the way behind the white pieces. That's just how women play, ahem...
2010 US Chess Championships, Saint Louis
White: IM Krush
Black: GM Kaidanov
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Nge2 O-O 8.Rc1 c6 9.Ng3 Bg6 10.h4 h6 11.h5 Bh7 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Bd6 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Nf5 Qe6 16.f3 Nbd7 17.Kf2 Rfe8 18.g4 Nh7 19.Na4 b6 20.Nc3 Ndf6 21.Ne2 Ng5 22.Nf4 Qd7 23.Qa3 a5 24.Rc2 Rad8 25.Rhc1 c5 26.dxc5 bxc5 27.Rxc5 Ne6 28.Nxe6 Qxe6 29.Kg2 d4 30.e4 d3 31.Qc3 d2 32.Rd1 Qb6 33.a4 Qa6 34.Rb5 Qa8 35.Rxa5 Qb8 36.Ra6 Rc8 37.Qd4 Qb3 38.Rxd2 Rc2 39.Rd6 Rxd2+ 40.Qxd2 Qxa4 41.Rxf6 1-0
Report at the U.S. Chess Federation website with playable games and photos.
IM Jen Shahade and GM Maurice Ashley are providing live commentary of the action this year.
I won't lie, darlings - I've been up to my neck in yard work ever since the sun rose this morning - with a 50 minute trek to the supermarket and back and periodic breaks to catch my breath. After raking for hours in the backyard, which is an absolute disaster area, I'm about 2/3rds done and now must pull out yet another yard waste container (good thing I have so many, heh heh) cuz there are still tons more branches to rake up before I can pull out the mower. Must get it done today cuz rain is forecast once again for tomorrow. The grass is already almost a foot tall in parts so I MUST chop it down today. On a happier note, the front yard looks pretty spiffy, but I must get new weed/feed as the old stuff from last year did not kill the weeds at all! I was out there for 2 plus hours today (before the trek to the supermarket) doing a much-needed trimming around the edges of the curbs, walks and driveway and then sweeping everything up. Took forever!
My neighbors to the north decided they're going to put in a fence so their doggies can roam free (that was Numero Uno when I built this place back in 1990) and so today Mr. Neighbor was out there with a power saw chopping down EVERYTHING - and I do mean EVERYTHING - in sight. I stayed well away from the lot line, LOL! Not sure exactly when the fence guys are coming - I heard the surveyor was out yesterday so it will take a few days for the survey to arrive, so perhaps mid-week. Well, I won't be sorry to see those overgrown shrubs and spruces gone, replaced by a nice tall privacy fence. I'll finally be able to get a clean edge to my grass!
Speaking of which - that backyard is calling my name...