Sunday, May 12, 2013

2013 U.S. Women's Chess Championship: Round 9

Prior post.

I'll be updating this post periodically.

Live coverage has resumed.  Finally, some commentary on the Krush - Baginskaite game at - 2:50 p.m.  Let's see - coverage started at 1:00 p.m.  Hmmm...  Right now commentators are indicating the game looks drawish, and that Baginskaite will be satisfied with a draw to finish at 50%, and a draw is all Krush needs to secure a repeat of her title.

IM Anna Zatonskih, currently on 6.5, and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, currently on 5.5, appear to thus be battling for second place. 

Zatonskih has the white pieces against Sabina FoisorAbrahamyan has the black pieces against Viktorija Ni, whose ELO indicates she is the most evenly matched player against Abrahamyan vis a vis the other players in this round. 

In the meantime, if Baginskaite is content to end her tournament on 4.5, that score may not be good enough to hold fourth place, depending on what some of the players below her do!  Here's a look at the ladies in the middle of the standings at the end of Round 8:

4WGM Baginskaite, Camilla4.0F22782257-0.24½01½½0½1
5WIM Zenyuk, Iryna4.0F22432287+0.451010½½10
6WGM Foisor, Sabina3.5F23002212-0.9900011½01
7WFM Kats, Alena3.0F21442233+0.770½½½0½01

And who is playing who:

Belakovskaia (2.5) v. Zenyuk (4.0)
Chiang (1.5) v. Kats (3.0)

Update 4:27 p.m.:

Two times previously the live website coverage indicated that Krush - Baginskaite was drawn:  the first time, on move 14; the secont time, on move 23!  BOTH WRONG!  I checked for an update after coming in from trimming the front lawn and Krush - Baginskaite has gone through move 40.  Okay, now indicating 0 -1 in favor of Baginskaite!  WHAT????

Stay tuned.

Update 4:33 p.m.:

That was NOT correct.  Krush has made her 41st move Nd4.  So now the official live coverage has been wrong THREE TIMES.  Are you guys trying to give us all heart attacks????

Meanwhile, NONE of the other women's games have finished - whoops.  What the hell is this?  Even as I was typing this all of a sudden Belakovskaia - Zenyuk goes up as 1/2 - 1/2.  Now I had predicted a draw for this pair, but is is actually TRUE?  OY!  And now Krush v. Baginskaite is indicating 1 - 0.

How can I trust ANY of these results?

Stay tuned.

Update 4:51 p.m.:

Live coverage computer is still reporting Krush  Baginskaite 1 -0.  Also, now Ni - Abrahamyan 0 - 1.

Commentary a few moments ago was that the Zatonskih Foisor game looks to be a win for Zatonskih in just a few more moves or so.

Updated 4:57 p.m.:

Live coverage showing Krush v. Baginskaite game just concluded - DRAW! 

Updated 5:19 p.m.:

Computer at live coverage now inicating Zatonskih v. Foisor 1 - 0.

If I'm doing my math correctly, Krush finishes in clear first with 8.0/9; Zatonskih finishes in clear second place with a7.5/9; and Abrahamyan finishes in clear third place with 6.5/9.

Announcement for the winner of the Goddesschess Fighting Chess Award, judged by GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, coming up!

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