Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 U.S. Women's Chess Championship: Final Results and Standings

Hola darlings!

Here's the poop:

Pairings round 11 

1WIM Ni, Viktorija6.02188WCM Virkud, Apurva3.521321-0
2IM Paikidze, Nazi7.02333WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca5.02235½-½
3GM Krush, Irina8.02477WGM Nemcova, Katerina7.02279½-½
4IM Goletiani, Rusudan5.52311WFM Yu, Jennifer R2.02180½-½
5WGM Sharevich, Anna5.52267WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev5.523221-0
6WIM Wang, Annie2.51901FM Melekhina, Alisa2.522351-0

Generated by Swiss Master for Windows on 12-04-2015 at 18:22

Kudos to Annie Wang for her final game being a win over much higher rated Melekhina whom, I would venture to say, is much out of practice after spending the majority of the past 3-4 years in college.  Well, one has to make a living and one is not very likely to make a good living playing chess, when all is said and done.  Ni secured her victory against Apurva Virkud for 4th place, while Paikidze and Nemcova settled into a share of second/third place money.  I'd say my biggest surprise was Abrahamyan's middling performance. I so want her to win this title -- I think she has the goods!  She has been so fricking close in prior events but has never made that break-through.  I thought this year, maybe she could do it.

Here are the final standings:


1GM Krush, Irina8.5F24772444-0.25½1011½1111½
2IM Paikidze, Nazi7.5F23332366+0.64½½1½½½1½11½
3WGM Nemcova, Katerina7.5F22792368+1.43½111½11½½0½
4WIM Ni, Viktorija7.0F21882345+2.32½00½11½1½11
5WGM Sharevich, Anna6.5F22672301+0.63100½½½1½½11
6IM Goletiani, Rusudan6.0F23112269-0.53½11½0101½0½
7WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev5.5F23222233-1.210011½1½½010
8WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca5.5F22352239+0.08½011½0½½10½
9WCM Virkud, Apurva3.5F21322115-0.351½00100½0½0
10WIM Wang, Annie3.5F19012114+2.2210000½00½½1
11FM Melekhina, Alisa2.5F22352028-2.9201½0½000½00
12WFM Yu, Jennifer R2.5F21802033-2.0601½000½000½
Generated by Swiss Master for Windows on 12-04-2015 at 18:22

Confirming my eyeballing of round by round results, WIM Viktorija Ni out-performed her rating by 157 points; but Annie Wang out-performed by 213 points, woo woo!  Congrats to both chess femmes for showing that ELO isn't necessarily the best measurement of one's true grit when it comes to the game.

It will be interesting to see how the "new kids on the block" perform over the next few years -- will we see some of the names in the lower half of the rankings back again next year?

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