Monday, April 25, 2016

Holy Hathor! Abrahamyan Blew It!

Final standings 2016 U.S. Women's Chess Championship:

Tatev Abrahamyan had the championship in her hand and she blew it.  All she had to do was control her nerves and win a game over a lower rated player.  But she lost.

Final standings:

1.  Paikidze, Nazi  8.5/11
2.  Abrahamyan, Tatev  8.0/11
3.  Zatonskih, Anna 7.0/11
4.  Mencova, Katerina  6.5/11
5.  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  6.5/11
6.  Krush, Irina  6.0/11
7.  Eswaran, Ashritha  5.5/11
8.  Yu, Jennifer R.  5.0/11
9.  Yip, Carissa  4.5/11
10.  Gorti, Akshita  4.0/11
11.  Bykovtsev, Agata  3.0/11

Coverage a Chess Champs.

This is what I wrote today at Facebook to one of my chess buddies, Ellen Wanek, who does a lot for chess in the Sheboygan area:

The U.S. Women's Chess Championship is taking place in St. Louis right now, today is the final round and it will be an exciting one. Tatev Abrahamyan is poised to win her first ever U.S. title but Nazi Paikidze is within striking distance at 7.5; she will have the black pieces against Irina Krush, who is in the uncomfortable position of third place with 6.0, and right behind her is Anna Zatonskih also with 6.0, but she will have a much easier match against a lower rated player. It's possible Paikidze could win her game and in the unlikely event Abrahamyan loses her game, could take the title! Or, if Abrahamyan draws, she and Paikidze would go to a play-off. So - lots of drama in store. I will be glued to my computer listening to the live coverage on U.S. Chess Champs.

What a blow to Krush, wow, dropping all the way to 6th place. And Zatonskih proved yet again how tough she is, a remarkable performance when she needed to pull it through. And so, we have a brand new U.S. Women's Chess Champion.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 U.S. Women's Chess Championship

And now, dear fans, please give a moment to listen to one of my favorite songs ever, by the one, the only, the incredible vocalist Miss Etta James, AT LAST:

Oh my goodness, Tatev, have you ever listened to this song?  You're way too young, you probably have no idea who the hell Eta James is, let alone ever heard her sing.  But the words, oh yes, those words in this song - so apt, so apropos to your situation these many years in the U.S. Women's Chess Championship!

WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, who for the past several years has come so close - and yet been so far - from winning the title for herself, is now within reach of the PRIZE!  There is one more round to go - tomorrow, and it looks like Abrahamyan is on a MISSION FROM THE CHESS GODDESS to finally take that title for her own. At last - well, we'll see.  Can she do it?  Here are the standings after Round 10.


1WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev8.0M23422524+2.230.0135.7511½½½11½11
2IM Paikidze, Nazi7.5M23462452+½11½1½1½½1
3GM Krush, Irina6.0M24652331-1.54.-127.0½1½1½1½½½0
4IM Zatonskih, Anna6.0M24702349-1.39.-124.75½½½1½11100
5WGM Nemcova, Katerina5.5M23672319-½½0½½11½½½
6WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca5.5M22582329+½0½1½011½½
7WIM Eswaran, Ashritha4.5M22252248+0.23.-117.0½00½½1½0½1
8Yip, Carissa4.5M21642241+½00½00½1
9WFM Yu, Jennifer R4.5M21572270+½0½10001½1
10FM Gorti, Akshita3.5M21842196+0.05.-112.2500101001½0
11WIM Bykovtsev, Agata3.0M22192144-1.07.-111.001½01000½0
12FM Melekhina, Alisa1.5M22051987-2.53.-18.0½0½00000½0
Generated by Swiss Master for Windows on 24-04-2016 at 18:01

She's got a slim 0.5 lead over the next highest-point player, native Georgian player Nazi Paikidze, who moved to Baltimore to attend college at the University of Maryland-Baltimore and changed her chess federation from Georgia to the United States.  Paikidze finished second in the 2015 U.S. Women's Chess Championship.   

And the match-ups for tomorrow:

Pairings round 11 

1WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca5.52258WIM Bykovtsev, Agata3.02219
2FM Melekhina, Alisa1.52205WGM Nemcova, Katerina5.52367
3GM Krush, Irina6.02465IM Paikidze, Nazi7.52346
4IM Zatonskih, Anna6.02470Yip, Carissa4.52164
5FM Gorti, Akshita3.52184WFM Yu, Jennifer R4.52157
6WIM Eswaran, Ashritha4.52225WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev8.02342

Generated by Swiss Master for Windows on 24-04-2016 at 18:01

So, will we see something absolutely nutso happen like Abrahamyan losing to Eswaran Ashritha while Paikidze wins over Krush, thereby taking the title outright with 8.5/11 to Abrahamyan's 8.0/11?  I can't imagine Abrahamyan losing tomorrow's game but in this position, with that kind of pressure on, who the heck knows?  One might assume that Anna Zatonskih, currently in 4th place overall, will make it her business to defeat Carissa Yip, with the hope that Paikidze will either outright defeat Irina Krush (currently in 3rd place) or draw with her, thereby giving Zatonskih 3rd place, and it's money.  Both Krush and Zatonskih have something more than pride to play for in tomorrow's game.

Should be interesting.  You can watch the matches live at US Chess Champs online.  
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