Sunday, April 24, 2011

2011 U.S. Chess Championships Live Coverage

I've been listening to it for the past couple of hours and I'm bored, frankly.  The women's games are being totally ignored, all the interest is focused on Kamsky v. Shankland.  Oh fricking please.

But you see, this is what happens when "combined" championships are held.  The women's games get ignored totally.  What a shame.  It's a damn shame.  We've got the best female players in the United States going at it hammer and tongs and there is NO coverage or analysis by the sponsors.

By the way, please do not throw that insufferable bore, Hikaru Nakamura, in my face again, PLEASE, St. Louis Chess Club.

Turning it off now, I can't take anymore.  Gee, thanks, sponsors, for putting what is supposed to be the premiere women's chess event in the country BACK into the women's chess ghetto.

Updated 6:22 p.m.

Men's event (the Open):
Kamsky with white defeats Shankland with black - Kamsky goes forward to Championship match
Hess with white draws Shulman with black - 2 game play-off tomorrow

Women's event:
Krush with white defeats Zatonskih with black
Baginskaite with white looks to be on the worse side against Abrahamyan with black

Updated 6:27 p.m.

Live coverage ends. Well that sucks big time! There's a game still going on, but it's only a "women's game" and no one (except me, it seems) cares.

Updated 6:42 p.m.

Abrahamyan (black pieces) wins.  Here is the final position.

Both sets of women go to two game play-offs tomorrow.  Is this Tatev's year???

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