Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chess Femme News!

St. Louis - Kings v. Tournament

First Round - Chess 960 (Fischer random chess) -- men won with the white pieces 4 to 1.  GM Kateryina Lahno was the only plus score for the ladies.  Round 2 rapid began about 5 p.m.

As you probably know by now, since I did not have a chance to report on it this morning before going to the CCI presentations, Judit Polgar lost her her second game against Peter Svidler and so she is out of the FIDE World Cup.  Damn!    It's far too late for her to appear here, however, and in any event she's probably exhausted and just wants to get back home!  Martha Fierro was the reserve for the Queen's team who took her place.  She lost her game to Hikaru Nakamura.

There's been some shifting around of players on the King's team - Karpov is not here - I didn't realize that until lunch today with Alexandra Kosteniuk.  Here is the revised King's team - besides Nakamura:

•IM Marc Arnold (2505) - U.S.

•GM Ben Finegold (2489) - U.S.
•IM Jacek Stopa (2482) - Poland
•NM Kevin Cao (2152) - U.S.

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Shenzhen

Top 3 after R 4 are Zhao Xue (CHN), 3.0, Hou Yifan (CHN), 3.0, and Anna Muzychuk (SLO), 3.0.  More
later.  Right now I've got to get ready for a dinner party.  Official site.

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