US Championship Rd2: Surprises and turnarounds

by Elshan Moradiabadi
3/31/2017 – Round two of the US Championship saw fairly uneventful games among he biggest names. The big one was Caruana against Nakamura, bringing back memories of 2016, but no blood was spilt this year. A few surprises were still seen, such as Naroditsky's adventurous 6. h4!? in the Najdorf, as well as some unexpected turnarounds. Illustrated report and analysis by GM Elshan Moradiabadi.

By Elshan Moradiabadi

All photos by official site

The US championship is one of the most exciting events in the chess world. The event attracts top players in the country and fans from all over the United States. It receives a great deal of attention - well deserved for a chess event of this caliber - which encourages close battles. It is all being done in the world famous St Louis chess club, where the “big three” – Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, and Hikaru Nakamura, meet several young well-established 2600s or experienced figures such as the legendary Gata Kamsky and the ‘always in shape’ Alexander Onischuk.

Round two’s biggest name game was of course the encounter between Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, bringing back memories of the titanic enounter from last year’s event when Fabiano had won with white, a key victory in his overall title win. This year, the sparks were fewer and they drew.

One win and one draw, Nakamura has nothing to complain about

Another big game was of course Wesley So against Sam Shankland, but there too a peaceful result was the conclusion. This isn’t to say the round was dry of decisive results, just from the biggest names. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was Kamsky’s loss against Akobian, when he succumbed to a basic tactic in a rich fighting position.

Gata Kamsky - Varuzhan Akobian

[Event "U.S. Championship"] [Site "Playchess.com"] [Date "2017.03.30"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Kamsky, Gata"] [Black "Akobian, Varuzhan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C07"] [WhiteElo "2659"] [BlackElo "2645"] [Annotator "Elshan"] [PlyCount "44"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] {Another nightmarish blunder by Gata.} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 cxd4 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. Bc4 Qd6 7. O-O Nc6 8. Re1 Nf6 9. Nb3 a6 10. a4 Be7 11. Nbxd4 Nxd4 12. Nxd4 O-O 13. b3 Rd8 14. Bb2 Qc5 15. Qd3 h6 16. h3 Qc7 17. Qe2 Bb4 18. Red1 Bd7 19. Rd3 e5 20. Nf3 e4 21. Bxf6 exd3 22. Bxd8 $4 {A blunder in a rich position} (22. Qe4 Qc6 23. Bxf7+ Kh8 24. Qxc6 Bxc6 25. Bxd8 dxc2 26. Bg6 Rxd8 27. Bxc2 Bxf3 28. gxf3 Kg8 {with a draw}) 22... Qxc4 0-1

Another, no less tragic, though less abrupt, was the game between Shabalov and Onischuk. It was a fascinating battle with a wild situation on the board.

Alexander Shabalov vs Alexander Onischuk

 

Above is a snapshot to give you an idea

The notation shows the tension of the game as the calm well-formed letters degenerate as the game advances

Alexander Shabalov vs Alexander Onischuk

[Event "U.S. Championship"] [Site "Playchess.com"] [Date "2017.03.30"] [Round "2.6"] [White "Shabalov, Alexander"] [Black "Onischuk, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E05"] [WhiteElo "2556"] [BlackElo "2667"] [Annotator "Elshan"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. d4 {We have 5 US championship titles in this game!} Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 {The move resurfaced back to mainstream theory after Wesley So beat Nakamura in the Sinquefield Cup with it!} Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Na3 Bxa3 10. bxa3 Ba6 11. Qd2 Rb8 12. Qa5 Qc8 13. a4 Rd8 14. Ba3 Qb7 $146 { A novelty confirmed by Mega Database} (14... Rxd4 15. Rfb1 Rb6 16. Bc5 Rd7 17. Rd1 h6 18. Rxd7 Nxd7 19. Bxb6 cxb6 20. Qd2 c5 21. Rd1 Nf6 22. Kf1 Kh7 23. Qc2+ Kg8 24. Qd2 Kh7 25. Qd8 Qxd8 26. Rxd8 c3 27. Ke1 Bc4 28. Kd1 Bxa2 29. Kc2 Bc4 30. e3 b5 31. Kxc3 a6 32. Ra8 Nd5+ 33. Bxd5 exd5 34. a5 b4+ 35. Kd2 Bf1 36. Rc8 c4 37. Rb8 b3 38. Kc3 {1-0 (38) So,W (2771)-Nakamura,H (2791) Saint Louis 2016}) 15. Bc5 c3 $5 {The best move.} 16. Rfe1 Nd5 17. e4 Nb6 18. Rac1 e5 $5 {An interesting practical try but most likely dubious!} 19. dxe5 Rd3 20. Be7 $2 {Black is ok now!} (20. Rb1 $1 c2 21. Rb2 h6 22. e6 fxe6 23. Bh3 Re8 24. Rxc2 {gives White a tangible edge.}) 20... Nc4 21. Qc5 Qb6 22. e6 Qxc5 (22... fxe6 {looks better.}) 23. exf7+ Kxf7 24. Bxc5 Rb2 (24... Nd2 {was still necessary}) 25. e5 $1 $16 Ke6 26. Bxa7 $2 (26. f4 $3 {counter-intuitive} Rdd2 27. f5+ Kxf5 28. Bh3+ Kg5 29. Rxc3 Rxh2 30. Bf1 $18 {and White wins}) 26... Nd2 27. Bh3+ Ke7 28. Bc5+ Ke8 29. Kg2 g6 30. Be6 Bc4 31. Bxc4 Nxc4 32. Re4 {White should be winning here. What happens from here is just a tragedy for 'Shaba'.} Nb6 33. a5 (33. e6 Nd5 34. a3 $1 {would have sealed the deal.}) 33... Nd7 34. Be3 Rxa2 35. Kh3 $4 {Inexplicable!} Rxa5 36. e6 Nb6 37. Bxb6 $4 {This one too!} cxb6 {All of a sudden, Black is winning now!} 38. Rc4 Rc5 39. Rxc5 bxc5 40. Kg4 Ke7 41. Kg5 Kxe6 42. Kh6 Kd5 43. f4 Kc4 44. Kxh7 Kb3 {In a game all done by Shaba, he gained the advantage, he then let it go and finally, he lost the game!} 0-1

The battle of the US prodigies Jeffery Xiong (right) and Ray Robson ended in a draw

Still, if the game above surprising by its middlegame pawn structure, take a look at this opening play by Daniel Naroditsky. The undergraduate student from Stanford played a very interesting line in the Najdorf with a very early (and not easy to understand) 6.h4!?? to surprise Yaroslaw Zherebukh.

Daniel Naroditsky vs Yaroslav Zherebukh

 

Position after 6.h4!?

In social media during the game, some called this an odd novelty, but Magnus Carlsen’s second, Peter Heine Nielsen, also following the game, tweeted back:

Many thought that there might be a bug in the transmission while others joked that he probably meant to play h3 and had mistakenly pushed the pawn one square too far. This was compared by many to what Carlsen did against Karjakin in the world championship when he moved his rook back to e2 instead of the normal e1 in the third game of the world championship.

Daniel Naroditsky vs Yaroslav Zherebukh

[Event "U.S. Championship"] [Site "Playchess.com"] [Date "2017.03.30"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Naroditsky, Daniel"] [Black "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2646"] [BlackElo "2605"] [Annotator "Elshan"] [PlyCount "132"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h4 $6 {Well, not exactly a novelty but very suspicious. It was played by Peter Heine Nielsen in 2015 and this year three Israeli players used this opening. The idea behind this line has yet to be understood!} e5 7. Nb3 Be6 {A very normal reaction} 8. f4 {This was also the choice by the three Israeli players. I still do not understand why we should weaken g4 and what the pawn is doing on h4!} Nc6 $146 {The most natural move.} (8... exf4 9. Bxf4 d5 (9... Nc6 10. Qd2 b5 11. O-O-O Ne5 12. Nd5 Rc8 13. Qd4 Nfd7 14. Bg5 f6 15. Bf4 Nc5 16. Be2 Be7 17. Kb1 Rc6 18. h5 h6 19. Rhf1 O-O 20. Na5 Qxa5 21. Nxe7+ Kh7 22. a3 Rb6 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. exd5 Ncd7 25. Bd2 Qa4 26. Bb4 Nc5 27. b3 Nxb3 28. Qxb6 Rc8 29. Qe3 Na5 30. Bd3+ Kg8 31. Qh3 Re8 32. Qf5 Kf7 33. Rde1 Nac4 34. Bxc4 bxc4 35. Qf2 Qd7 36. Qb6 c3 37. Qxd6 Qb5 38. Qc5 {1-0 (38) Reshef,O (2466)-Erenberg,A (2366) Budapest 2017}) 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Bxd5 12. Qd2 Nc6 13. O-O-O Be6 14. Qe3 Qc8 15. a3 Be7 16. Nc5 Bf5 17. Bd3 O-O 18. Bxf5 Qxf5 19. Nxb7 Rac8 20. Rd2 Rfe8 21. Re1 Bf8 22. Qxe8 Rxe8 23. Rxe8 Qxf4 24. g3 Qxg3 25. Rc8 Qg1+ 26. Rd1 Qe3+ 27. Kb1 Qe2 28. Rd6 Qf1+ 29. Ka2 Qc4+ {1/2-1/2 (29) Kobo,O (2501)-Drori,S (2368) Budapest 2017}) (8... Bg4 9. Be2 Bxe2 10. Qxe2 Nbd7 11. g4 Nb6 12. g5 Nfd7 13. a4 Rc8 14. a5 Nc4 15. f5 Be7 16. Nd5 Rc6 17. Rh3 Qc8 18. Rc3 b5 19. axb6 Ndxb6 20. Nxb6 Nxb6 21. Rxc6 Qxc6 22. Rxa6 O-O 23. Na5 Qc7 24. Be3 Nc8 25. Qc4 {1-0 (25) Steinberg,N (2486) -Agbabishvili,L (2095) Caleta 2017}) 9. f5 Bxb3 10. axb3 d5 $6 (10... Be7 11. g4 d5 {appeals more to me}) 11. exd5 (11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 Nd4 13. f6 $1 { and this is what Naroditsky might have missed. White has a huge advantage here. For instance} Qxf6 14. c3 Nf5 15. Bb5+ $18) 11... Nd4 12. Bd3 Nxd5 13. Bb5+ Nxb5 14. Nxd5 Nc7 {The position is balanced now but..} 15. Ra5 $2 {A horrible move which puts White in grave danger. After a topsy-turvy round game, Naroditsky managed to happily survive. Further analyses would be followed in future reports!} b5 16. Nxc7+ Qxc7 17. Qf3 Bb4+ 18. c3 O-O 19. Ra1 e4 {Black is much better} 20. Qe3 Bd6 21. Rh3 Rfe8 22. Qf2 Be5 23. Kf1 a5 (23... Rad8 24. Be3 Rd5 {looks critical and Black should have a winning attack soon.}) 24. Bd2 Qd7 25. Re1 Qd5 26. Rhe3 Bc7 27. R3e2 h5 {Black's advantage has been reduced but the position remains unplesant for White.} 28. c4 $2 {desperation in a bad position} Qd3 29. Qe3 Qd7 30. Rf2 Be5 31. Bc3 Bxc3 32. Qxc3 Ra6 33. Kg1 b4 34. Qd2 Rd6 35. Qg5 Rd1 (35... Re5 36. Qxh5 e3 37. Rf4 (37. Rf3 e2 $19) (37. Rfe2 Rxf5 {wins the queen}) 37... Rd3 {with a huge advantage since the pawns on the queenside would fall soon.}) 36. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 37. Kh2 f6 38. Qe3 Qd6+ 39. g3 Qe5 40. Qf4 Qc5 41. Re2 Re5 42. Kg2 e3 43. Qf3 Qd4 44. Qxh5 Qd3 45. c5 Qxb3 46. c6 Qd5+ 47. Qf3 Qc5 (47... Qxf3+ 48. Kxf3 Rxf5+ 49. Kxe3 Rc5 {looks like a winning endgame to me. It seems like Yaroslav's last chance to win this game.}) 48. g4 a4 49. Kh3 Kf8 50. c7 Qxc7 51. Rxe3 Rxe3 52. Qxe3 Qc2 53. Qe6 Qd3+ 54. Kg2 b3 55. Qc8+ Ke7 56. Qe6+ Kf8 57. Qc8+ Ke7 58. Qe6+ Kd8 59. Qg8+ Kc7 60. Qxg7+ Qd7 61. Qf8 Qd2+ 62. Kf3 Qd3+ 63. Kf2 Qd4+ 64. Kf3 Kb7 65. h5 Qd3+ 66. Kf2 Qd2+ 1/2-1/2

In the women’s section, the ladies showed that white pieces are indeed better, unlike the Open section where Black had the upper hand and scored valuable wins. This saw one exception when the defending champion Nazi Paikidze out-prepared Olympic team member Katerina Nemcova to score an important win with black. Top seed Anna Zatonskih played an attacking game against Emiley Nguyen to beat the youngster early after a huge opening mistake.

Great preparation by reigning champion Nazi Paikidze laid the groundwork for a smooth victory

Irina Krush got a better position out of the opening against Sabina Foisor but then started to play poorly and Sabina gradually equalized and got even a winning position in the endgame. However, in the ensuing time pressure Irina manage to turn the tables thanks to a passed pawn, and the seven-time champion came out the unexpected victor.

What might have beena disaster for Irina Krush, turned into an unexpected windfall in the time scramble

US Championship pairings/results

Round 1 on 2017/03/29 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L ½ - ½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 2 2822 GM So Wesley 1 - 0 GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
3 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander ½ - ½ GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
4 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav ½ - ½ GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
5 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan ½ - ½ GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
6 6 2668 GM Robson Ray 0 - 1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
Round 2 on 2017/03/30 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2817 GM Caruana Fabiano ½ - ½ GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
2 8 2674 GM Xiong Jeffery ½ - ½ GM Robson Ray 2668 6
3 9 2659 GM Kamsky Gata 0 - 1 GM Akobian Varuzhan 2645 5
4 10 2646 GM Naroditsky Daniel ½ - ½ GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 2605 4
5 11 2556 GM Shabalov Alexander 0 - 1 GM Onischuk Alexander 2667 3
6 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L ½ - ½ GM So Wesley 2822 2
Round 3 on 2017/03/31 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 2 2822 GM So Wesley   GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander   GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1
3 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav   GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
4 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan   GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
5 6 2668 GM Robson Ray   GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
6 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru   GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
Round 4 on 2017/04/01 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2817 GM Caruana Fabiano   GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
2 9 2659 GM Kamsky Gata   GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
3 10 2646 GM Naroditsky Daniel   GM Robson Ray 2668 6
4 11 2556 GM Shabalov Alexander   GM Akobian Varuzhan 2645 5
5 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L   GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 2605 4
6 2 2822 GM So Wesley   GM Onischuk Alexander 2667 3
Round 5 on 2017/04/02 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander   GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav   GM So Wesley 2822 2
3 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan   GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1
4 6 2668 GM Robson Ray   GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
5 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru   GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
6 8 2674 GM Xiong Jeffery   GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
Round 6 on 2017/04/04 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2817 GM Caruana Fabiano   GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
2 10 2646 GM Naroditsky Daniel   GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
3 11 2556 GM Shabalov Alexander   GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
4 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L   GM Robson Ray 2668 6
5 2 2822 GM So Wesley   GM Akobian Varuzhan 2645 5
6 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander   GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 2605 4
Round 7 on 2017/04/05 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav   GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan   GM Onischuk Alexander 2667 3
3 6 2668 GM Robson Ray   GM So Wesley 2822 2
4 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru   GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1
5 8 2674 GM Xiong Jeffery   GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
6 9 2659 GM Kamsky Gata   GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
Round 8 on 2017/04/06 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2817 GM Caruana Fabiano   GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
2 11 2556 GM Shabalov Alexander   GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
3 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L   GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
4 2 2822 GM So Wesley   GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
5 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander   GM Robson Ray 2668 6
6 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav   GM Akobian Varuzhan 2645 5
Round 9 on 2017/04/07 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan   GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 6 2668 GM Robson Ray   GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 2605 4
3 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru   GM Onischuk Alexander 2667 3
4 8 2674 GM Xiong Jeffery   GM So Wesley 2822 2
5 9 2659 GM Kamsky Gata   GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1
6 10 2646 GM Naroditsky Daniel   GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
Round 10 on 2017/04/08 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2817 GM Caruana Fabiano   GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
2 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L   GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
3 2 2822 GM So Wesley   GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
4 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander   GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
5 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav   GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
6 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan   GM Robson Ray 2668 6
Round 11 on 2017/04/09 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 6 2668 GM Robson Ray   GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru   GM Akobian Varuzhan 2645 5
3 8 2674 GM Xiong Jeffery   GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 2605 4
4 9 2659 GM Kamsky Gata   GM Onischuk Alexander 2667 3
5 10 2646 GM Naroditsky Daniel   GM So Wesley 2822 2
6 11 2556 GM Shabalov Alexander   GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1

US Women's Championship pairings/results

Round 1 on 2017/03/29 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna ½ - ½ WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie ½ - ½ GM Krush Irina 2444 11
3 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 1 - 0 WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
4 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 1 - 0 WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
5 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R 1 - 0 IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
6 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily ½ - ½ IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
Round 2 on 2017/03/30 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2359 WGM Nemcova Katerina 0 - 1 IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
2 8 2451 IM Zatonskih Anna 1 - 0 WIM Nguyen Emily 2173 6
3 9 2262 WFM Virkud Apurva 1 - 0 WIM Yu Jennifer R 2196 5
4 10 2234 WFM Yip Carissa ½ - ½ WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2364 4
5 11 2444 GM Krush Irina 1 - 0 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2272 3
6 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna ½ - ½ WCM Feng Maggie 2162 2
Round 3 on 2017/03/31 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie   WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca   WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1
3 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev   GM Krush Irina 2444 11
4 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R   WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
5 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily   WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
6 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi   IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
Round 4 on 2017/04/01 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2359 WGM Nemcova Katerina   IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
2 9 2262 WFM Virkud Apurva   IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
3 10 2234 WFM Yip Carissa   WIM Nguyen Emily 2173 6
4 11 2444 GM Krush Irina   WIM Yu Jennifer R 2196 5
5 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna   WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2364 4
6 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie   WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2272 3
Round 5 on 2017/04/02 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca   WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev   WCM Feng Maggie 2162 2
3 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R   WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1
4 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily   GM Krush Irina 2444 11
5 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi   WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
6 8 2451 IM Zatonskih Anna   WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
Round 6 on 2017/04/04 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2359 WGM Nemcova Katerina   WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
2 10 2234 WFM Yip Carissa   IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
3 11 2444 GM Krush Irina   IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
4 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna   WIM Nguyen Emily 2173 6
5 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie   WIM Yu Jennifer R 2196 5
6 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca   WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2364 4
Round 7 on 2017/04/05 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev   WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R   WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2272 3
3 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily   WCM Feng Maggie 2162 2
4 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi   WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1
5 8 2451 IM Zatonskih Anna   GM Krush Irina 2444 11
6 9 2262 WFM Virkud Apurva   WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
Round 8 on 2017/04/06 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2359 WGM Nemcova Katerina   WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
2 11 2444 GM Krush Irina   WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
3 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna   IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
4 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie   IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
5 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca   WIM Nguyen Emily 2173 6
6 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev   WIM Yu Jennifer R 2196 5
Round 9 on 2017/04/07 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R   WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily   WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2364 4
3 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi   WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2272 3
4 8 2451 IM Zatonskih Anna   WCM Feng Maggie 2162 2
5 9 2262 WFM Virkud Apurva   WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1
6 10 2234 WFM Yip Carissa   GM Krush Irina 2444 11
Round 10 on 2017/04/08 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2359 WGM Nemcova Katerina   GM Krush Irina 2444 11
2 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna   WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
3 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie   WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
4 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca   IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
5 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev   IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
6 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R   WIM Nguyen Emily 2173 6
Round 11 on 2017/04/09 at 2 PM (EST)
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily   WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi   WIM Yu Jennifer R 2196 5
3 8 2451 IM Zatonskih Anna   WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2364 4
4 9 2262 WFM Virkud Apurva   WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2272 3
5 10 2234 WFM Yip Carissa   WCM Feng Maggie 2162 2
6 11 2444 GM Krush Irina   WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1

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Elshan Moradiabadi is a GM born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He moved to the US in 2012. Ever since, he has been active in US college chess scenes and in US chess. is a veteran instructor and teaches chess to every level, with students ranging from beginners to IM. He can be contacted for projects or teaching.
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