Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 U.S. Chess Championships

Kamsky defeated Shulman with white.  Shulman will be fighting for a win in Game 2 tomorrow to force play-offs.

The game between Abrahamyan with white and Zatonskih with black started out with some interesting moves by Tatev where she sacrificed a pawn, but her position fizzled slowly but surely - did she misplay something? Commentator Maurice Ashley thought what she was playing had been thoroughly prepared beforehand and that she did, indeed, misplay something -- or else Zatonskih pulled out a move somewhere along the line that Tatev just had not been ready for! Just before I left the office the thought was that Tatev was playing for a draw, which would be a good result! And as it turns out, she and Zatonskih did agree to a draw.

In the "consolation" games to determine 3rd and 4th places and prize money:

* Shankland and Hess drew their game today.  That means unless one of them scores a win tomorrow they'll go to play-offs and, if necessary, an Armegeddon match.

* Camilla Baginskaite had the white pieces today against Irina Krush but she was not able to muster much of a charge against Krush and Krush took the point - but not without some excitement near the end of the game! Baginskaite will need to score a win tomorrow in order to force play-offs. 

Action starts tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Central, 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. 

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