US Championship Rd7: Zherebukh beats Caruana

4/6/2017 – The seventh round was chock full of surprises, starting with Yaroslav Zherebukh's powerful win over Fabiano Caruana, who failed to give him the respect he deserved and paid the price. Alexander Shabalov came prepared to the ears, and his young opponent, Jeffery Xiong, kindly obliged and also paid the price for his temerity. Finally, Kamsky completely overpowered Dan Naroditsky. Report and analysis by Alex Yermolinsky.

By Alex Yermolinsky

All photos by Lennart Ootes

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

While everyone's attention is focused on the games of the U.S. Big Three, I usually spend more time on following my personal favorite, a friend of 25 years, GM Alexander Shabalov. Who knows, maybe I would have missed all the rest of the action in Round 7, but Alex's game finished early.

Shabalov came supremely well-prepared, and manhandled his younger opponent. For the second day in a row, he doubled his score.

Jeffery Xiong vs Alex Shabalov

[Event "ch-USA 2017"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2017.04.05"] [Round "7"] [White "Xiong, Jeffery"] [Black "Shabalov, A."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B10"] [WhiteElo "2674"] [BlackElo "2556"] [Annotator "Alex Yermolinsky"] [PlyCount "52"] [EventDate "2017.03.29"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 Bg7 5. h3 Nf6 {This obscure choice from Shabalov must have come as surprise for Jeffery.} 6. e5 {Yet, he went forward.} (6. Bd3 {is a more cautious continuation.}) 6... Ne4 7. Nxe4 dxe4 8. Ng5 c5 9. Bc4 O-O 10. c3 cxd4 11. cxd4 Nc6 12. Be3 Qa5+ 13. Kf1 (13. Qd2 Qxd2+ 14. Kxd2 h6 15. Nxe4 Rd8 16. Kc3 Bf5 17. Nd2 Rac8 {gave Black great compensation in Artemiev-V. Onischuk, 2013, although White managed to save himself.}) 13... h6 14. Nxe4 Rd8 15. f4 b5 $1 16. Bb3 Nxd4 17. Bxd4 Qb4 18. Qf3 Rxd4 19. a3 Qa5 20. Nf6+ Bxf6 $1 {The clock showed Xiong down to 10 minutes or so, while Shabalov had used no time at all. Can you say *preparation* ? Only the last move is a novelty, but it's easily the engines' best choice.} (20... exf6 {was played in the pre-historic game Ibragimov-Stangl, 1992.} 21. Qxa8 Qc7 22. Kg1 {Black erred with} Bf8 ( 22... Rd8 23. Rd1 Rxd1+ 24. Bxd1 fxe5 25. Bf3 exf4 {is about even.}) {and went down after} 23. Kh2 Bb7 24. Qe8 Rd2 25. Rhg1 {as his attack had petered out.}) 21. exf6 (21. Qxa8 Rxf4+ 22. Ke2 {is met with the absolute bonecrushing assault } b4 $1 23. Qxc8+ Kh7 24. exf6 Qe5+ 25. Kd1 (25. Kd3 Qd4+ {3 is mate in}) 25... Qxb2 $1 26. Qc1 Qxb3+ 27. Ke2 Qe6+ {Black will win the queen in a matter of moves, leading to a technical win with Q vs 2R.}) 21... Qb6 $1 {Pretty, but not too hard to find.} 22. f5 ({On} 22. Qxa8 Rxf4+ 23. Ke2 Rf2+ 24. Kd3 { the beautiful} Kh7 $3 {decides, e.g.} 25. Qxc8 Qd6+ 26. Kc3 Qd2#) (22. Re1 { was the best choice. Granted, Black is winning in three different lines,} Bb7 ( 22... e6 23. Qxa8 Rxf4+ 24. Ke2 Rf2+ 25. Kd3 Qd8+ 26. Bd5 exd5 {Although here White has the incredible resource} 27. Re6 $3) ({and, most convincingly,} 22... b4 $1 23. Rxe7 Ba6+ 24. Ke1 Rf8 25. Bxf7+ {followed by Qxf6 to remove any doubts. Still, dealing with a multiple choice of good moves is notoriously difficult.}) 23. Bxf7+ Kh8 24. Qe3 Qxf6 25. f5 g5 26. Qe6 Rc8 {quickly gaining the 2nd rank;}) {As the game went even a senior citizen can win it.} 22... Bb7 23. Qg3 g5 24. fxe7 Re8 25. Re1 Rf4+ 26. Ke2 Qd4 0-1

Obviously, preparation played a big part in this surprising riot. Shabba is already past the point of worrying about this tournament, so he can play whatever suits his fancy at the moment. Besides, the law of averages speaks in favor of his finally having a good day. With that in mind, Jeffery's breezy attitude of entering a sharp line he had no idea about has to be put to question. Xiong is good in what he does, but letting his opponents have their way is not the most responsible tournament strategy. First it was Kamsky, and now Shabalov – two losses with White.

A similar fate awaited another young player today, California’s own Dan Naroditsky. For some reason he also decided to enter a variation his opponent was much more familiar with.

Gata Kamsky vs Dan Naroditsky

[Event "ch-USA 2017 Saint Louis USA"] [Site "Saint Louis"] [Date "2017.04.05"] [Round "7"] [White "Kamsky, G."] [Black "Naroditsky, D."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C91"] [WhiteElo "2659"] [BlackElo "2646"] [Annotator "Alex Yermolinsky"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "USA"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. d4 {Kamsky has had great success with this line throughout his career: +9 -2, not counting draws.} Bg4 10. d5 Na5 11. Bc2 c6 12. h3 Bc8 13. dxc6 Qc7 14. Nbd2 Qxc6 15. Nf1 Nc4 16. Ng3 Re8 17. a4 Bb7 (17... Be6 18. Ng5 Bd7 19. b3 Na5 20. Bd2 {is another popular line.}) 18. Qe2 Nb6 $6 {An early novelty by Dan. Judging by his subsequent play, it might have been accidental.} ({Among many games I'll single out Kamsky-Eljanov, 2009.} 18... Bf8 19. Bg5 Nd7 20. b3 Ncb6 21. a5 Nc8 {White has pushed the black knight back, but at the cost of weakening his c3-pawn. In this situation Gata attempted an interesting pawn sac,} 22. c4 bxc4 23. Rec1 {but failed to take advantage of his chances and ultimately lost the game.}) 19. axb5 axb5 20. Bg5 Qd7 $2 {Failing to trade the white rook before it escapes the useless a-file is a grave error.} (20... Rxa1 21. Rxa1 h6 22. Bxf6 Bxf6 {is tenable, because after} 23. Bd3 Nc4 24. b3 Nb6 { the c3-pawn and later Ra1 also hang.} 25. Rc1 Ba6 {etc.}) 21. Rad1 {White has emerged with a substantial advantage.} Bd8 22. Nf5 Nc8 {Accepting his fate.} ( 22... d5 23. exd5 e4 {is not exactly sufficient, but it might have been worth trying.}) 23. Bxf6 Bxf6 24. Bb3 {Why can't White get a position like this from the Najdorf?} Ra6 25. Qd3 Rd8 26. Nh2 Ne7 27. Ng4 $1 Nxf5 28. exf5 {The pawn has moved away, but Gata keeps a firm grip on the the key d5-square.} Qc6 29. Ne3 (29. Bd5 {was another way to get there} Qxd5 $2 30. Nxf6+ gxf6 31. Qg3+) 29... Qc5 30. Bd5 Bc8 31. Be4 b4 32. Nd5 ({A pawn sac,} 32. cxb4 Qxb4 33. Nd5 Qxb2 34. Qf3 {maintains White's advantage, but then Black can put up some resistance by giving the rook for Nd5:} Ra5 35. Qh5 Rxd5 36. Bxd5 Rf8) 32... bxc3 33. b4 Qa7 34. b5 $1 {Gata Kamsky never looks back. Party like it's 1995 again!} Ra3 35. b6 Qa4 (35... Qa6 36. Qxa6 Bxa6 37. Ra1 $1 {trading the last black piece worthy of note.}) 36. Rc1 Ba6 37. Qg3 Kf8 38. Rxc3 Ra1 39. Rxa1 Qxa1+ 40. Kh2 Qb2 41. Rc7 Qd4 42. Nxf6 gxf6 43. Qh4 {in the end it's the black king that dies.} Qxb6 44. Qh6+ Kg8 (44... Ke8 45. Bc6+ Rd7 46. Bxd7+ Ke7 47. Qc1) 45. Rc3 1-0

However, the biggest surprise of the round was yet to come. Up to this point, the U.S. Championship debutante, Yaro Zherebukh, has had more than his share of promising positions, but was only able to convert one of them. Today he was gifted another chance.

Alekhine once said that he treated every opponent as a master until proven otherwise. Caruana would have been well-advised to heed that suggestion.

Yaroslav Zherebukh vs Fabiano Caruana

[Event "ch-USA 2017 Saint Louis USA"] [Site "Saint Louis"] [Date "2017.04.05"] [Round "7"] [White "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C95"] [WhiteElo "2605"] [BlackElo "2817"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "USA"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. a4 c5 16. d5 c4 17. Bg5 {The Spanish torture - this is how playing such positions has long been characterized. In the bad old Soviet days every Russian schoolboy was tasked to learn the classical Closed Spanish Game first-hand for both White and Black.} h6 ({The famous game Anand-Carlsen, Norway Chess 2015 comes to mind:} 17... Bg7 $2 18. Qd2 Rb8 {One of the problems plaguing Black is his inabilty to get the bishop out of b7 without surrendering the a-file to the white rook.} (18... Nc5 19. Nh2 h5 {is standard. }) 19. Nh2 Bc8 {Magnus decided to part with the bishop, which handed White free attacking prospects. Vishy didn't miss his chance.} 20. Ng4 Nc5 21. Nh6+ Bxh6 22. Bxh6 {1-0(47)}) 18. Be3 Nc5 19. Qd2 h5 20. Bg5 Bg7 $2 {I wonder what brought Fabiano Caruana to choose this opening line. It is hard to see it as an attempt to play for a win, as the patterns of play for White have long been mapped out and drilled into our thick heads. Anyway, Black's last move is wrong. Leaving the knight pinned will soon prompt Fabiano to move his queen away from the kingside.} (20... Be7 21. Ra3 Nfd7 {is the right plan.} 22. Bh6 Nb6 $1 23. a5 Nbd7 {Having forced the issue on the other side Black now returns to his defensive duties. With good luck and some tail wind he may even survive this.}) 21. Rf1 (21. Nh4 Qc7 22. Bh6 Bh8 23. f4 exf4 24. Qxf4 {is more direct, albeit this kind of play may actually help Black to focus on the task at hand, rather than sit there and wonder why he chose this way in the first place.}) 21... Qc7 22. Bh6 Bh8 (22... Bxh6 23. Qxh6 Qe7 24. Ng5 Qf8 25. Nf5 $1 {is one of those tactical tricks White always seems to have in his possession. Now} Rad8 26. axb5 axb5 27. Ra7 {surrenders the a-file, while the K-side bind is impossible to break}) (22... Nh7 {may have been best, as} 23. Nh4 Qd8 24. Nhf5 Bf6 {leads White nowhere. For now.}) 23. Ng5 {White clears out for the f2-f4 push.} Nh7 24. Nxh7 Kxh7 25. Be3 Qe7 26. f4 exf4 27. Bxf4 ({Also good for White was} 27. Rxf4 Be5 28. Rf3 f6 29. Ne2 $14 {Unlike similar King's Indian structures, here White wisely kept his pawn on c3, while Black inadvertantly surrendered the d4-square to the white knight.}) 27... Kg8 28. Rf3 Bg7 29. Raf1 Nd7 $2 {Such a logical move, yet a decisive mistake.} 30. Bh6 $1 Bxh6 ({The desirable move} 30... Be5 {loses the f7-pawn. White may even choose} 31. Nxh5 gxh5 ({"better" is} 31... Rf8 {but I find it hard to comment on this.}) 32. Rxf7 Qxf7 33. Qg5+ Qg7 34. Bxg7 Bxg7 35. e5 $1 {to bring the point home in style.}) 31. Qxh6 Qf8 32. Qd2 $2 {Probably, the only moment in the whole game where Yaro's play can be criticized.} (32. Nf5 $1 {would have saved Fabiano from unnecessary suffering and let the spectators back home in time for dinner. There may follow:} Ne5 33. Rg3 Qxh6 34. Nxh6+ Kg7 (34... Kf8 35. Rxg6 $1) 35. Nf5+ Kf8 36. Nxd6 Re7 37. Rg5 Bc8 38. Rxe5 Rxe5 39. Rxf7+ Kg8 40. Rc7 {it's not entirely forced, but you get my drift.}) 32... Ne5 33. Rf6 Rad8 34. Qg5 Qg7 35. Bd1 (35. Ne2 bxa4 36. Bxa4 Rf8 37. Nd4 Bc8 38. Nc6 $18 { as another way into Black's poorly insulated fortress.}) 35... Bc8 36. Qh4 Kf8 37. Qf4 Qg8 {It is really sad to see Fabiano reduced to such pathetic little moves. On top of everything, he was in big time trouble.} 38. Kh1 ({Knowing that he had the game in hand, Yaro wouldn't allow even a slightest mess:} 38. Bxh5 gxh5 39. Nxh5 Bxh3 40. Qh6+ Ke7 41. Ng7 Bg4) 38... Re7 39. Bxh5 bxa4 ( 39... gxh5 40. Nxh5 Red7 41. Re6 $1 {Piece of cake.} Qh7 42. Rh6 Qg8 43. Qf6 $18) 40. Bd1 Qg7 41. Bxa4 Qh7 42. Qg5 a5 ({Black could have made some noise:} 42... Bxh3 43. gxh3 Qxh3+ 44. Kg1 Ng4 45. Rxf7+ Rxf7 46. Qxd8+ Kg7 47. Rxf7+ Kxf7 48. Nf1 Qf3 {but, of course,} 49. Qc7+ Kg8 50. Qb8+ Kg7 51. Qa7+ Kh6 52. Qd4 {beats it off easily.}) 43. Kg1 Qh8 44. R1f4 Qg7 45. Rh4 Nd3 46. Rh6 Ne5 ({ Not even the last snack is afforded before the execution:} 46... Nxb2 47. Rhxg6 ) 47. Rf4 Bd7 48. Qh4 Kg8 49. Qxe7 Re8 50. Qg5 Bxa4 51. Rf6 {Finally, Caruana resigned.} 1-0

To lose a game in this fashion is hardly acceptable for World's #3. Yaro's chess deserved respect, much more than was credited to him by Fabiano.

Once again, Nakamura’s game disappointed his army of fans. Hikaru tried to replicate one of Kramnik's ideas in a Slav-cum-Queen’s Gambit Accepted. Something went wrong somewhere, and Hikaru was left defending a slightly worse position with an isolani, which fortunately didn't prove to be difficult. A good game from Sam, who is slowly getting back into the tournament.

Sam Shankland is gradually getting back into the tournament

Akobian-Onischuk was a heavyweight boxers’ dance in the Queen's Gambit Declined. Varuzhan managed to land a glancing blow by winning a pawn, but Alexander has seen worse rook endgames, much worse than that. His technique made the draw look easy.

Robson-So started with a Reversed Color Benoni. Some intricate maneuvering left Wesley's queenside undeveloped. Once he tried to deal with that he allowed a tactical shot Nd6. Things looked very promising for White, until Ray made a strange decision to capture on e5. Black's play unrolled instantly, and in Ray's customary time trouble it seemed likely that Wesley will get back to his winning ways. Apparently, the problems Hikaru and Fabiano are having in this year's Championship are spreading over to the highest-rated player as well. For some reason Wesley couldn't get the most out of his initiative, and after a hard-to-understand trade of his bishop he completely let Ray off the hook.

Wesley So got into trouble, then was much better, and finally drew

So far I've been wrong in all my predictions, but what about other pundits/experts? Did any of them see the picture we're seeing now? Of course, there are still four rounds to play, and the favorites will try really hard to restore order. Should they fail to do so, then the winner will be...Vladimir Kramnik, who is happily watching his rivals shed rating points in the race for two Candidates qualifying spots.

Men's standings after seven rounds

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

The leader in the Women's event, and the defending Champion, Nazi Paikidze almost got burned today. Her opening, also a reversed Benoni, failed to impress Anna Sharevich, who conducted the game confidently until it came to finding decisive tactics. At this point Anna started to get low on time and chose to repeat the moves. A big relief for Nazi, and a missed opportunity for Anna to wind up the tournament intrigue. Another battle of the favorites between Zatonskih and Krush also ended peacefully.

All this left the door open for one of the young players, Maggie Feng, to make her push. A confident win over Emily Nguyen lifted Maggie into a tie for second place, together with Sabina Foisor, who barely survived down two pawns in her game today.

Women's standings after seven rounds

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 ½ - ½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander ½ - ½ GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1
3 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 1 - 0 GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
4 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan 0 - 1 GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
5 6 2668 GM Robson Ray 1 - 0 GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
6 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ 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 ½ - ½ GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
2 9 2659 GM Kamsky Gata ½ - ½ GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
3 10 2646 GM Naroditsky Daniel ½ - ½ GM Robson Ray 2668 6
4 11 2556 GM Shabalov Alexander ½ - ½ GM Akobian Varuzhan 2645 5
5 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L ½ - ½ GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 2605 4
6 2 2822 GM So Wesley 1 - 0 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 ½ - ½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 4 2605 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav ½ - ½ GM So Wesley 2822 2
3 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan 1 - 0 GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1
4 6 2668 GM Robson Ray 1 - 0 GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
5 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ GM Naroditsky Daniel 2646 10
6 8 2674 GM Xiong Jeffery 0 - 1 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 1 - 0 GM Kamsky Gata 2659 9
2 10 2646 GM Naroditsky Daniel ½ - ½ GM Xiong Jeffery 2674 8
3 11 2556 GM Shabalov Alexander ½ - ½ GM Nakamura Hikaru 2793 7
4 1 2666 GM Shankland Samuel L 1 - 0 GM Robson Ray 2668 6
5 2 2822 GM So Wesley ½ - ½ GM Akobian Varuzhan 2645 5
6 3 2667 GM Onischuk Alexander ½ - ½ 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 1 - 0 GM Caruana Fabiano 2817 12
2 5 2645 GM Akobian Varuzhan ½ - ½ GM Onischuk Alexander 2667 3
3 6 2668 GM Robson Ray ½ - ½ GM So Wesley 2822 2
4 7 2793 GM Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ GM Shankland Samuel L 2666 1
5 8 2674 GM Xiong Jeffery 0 - 1 GM Shabalov Alexander 2556 11
6 9 2659 GM Kamsky Gata 1 - 0 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
½ - ½
WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca
1 - 0
WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1
3 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev
0 - 1
GM Krush Irina 2444 11
4 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R
½ - ½
WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
5 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily
0 - 1
WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
6 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi
0 - 1
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
½ - ½
IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
2 9 2262 WFM Virkud Apurva
0 - 1
IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
3 10 2234 WFM Yip Carissa
1 - 0
WIM Nguyen Emily 2173 6
4 11 2444 GM Krush Irina
0 - 1
WIM Yu Jennifer R 2196 5
5 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna
½ - ½
WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2364 4
6 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie
1 - 0
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
1 - 0
WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 4 2364 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev
1 - 0
WCM Feng Maggie 2162 2
3 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R
0 - 1
WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1
4 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily
0 - 1
GM Krush Irina 2444 11
5 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi
1 - 0
WFM Yip Carissa 2234 10
6 8 2451 IM Zatonskih Anna
1 - 0
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
1 - 0
WFM Virkud Apurva 2262 9
2 10 2234 WFM Yip Carissa
1 - 0
IM Zatonskih Anna 2451 8
3 11 2444 GM Krush Irina
0 - 1
IM Paikidze Nazi 2369 7
4 1 2257 WGM Sharevich Anna
1 - 0
WIM Nguyen Emily 2173 6
5 2 2162 WCM Feng Maggie
1 - 0
WIM Yu Jennifer R 2196 5
6 3 2272 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca
1 - 0
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
½ - ½
WGM Nemcova Katerina 2359 12
2 5 2196 WIM Yu Jennifer R
½ - ½
WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2272 3
3 6 2173 WIM Nguyen Emily
0 - 1
WCM Feng Maggie 2162 2
4 7 2369 IM Paikidze Nazi
½ - ½
WGM Sharevich Anna 2257 1
5 8 2451 IM Zatonskih Anna
½ - ½
GM Krush Irina 2444 11
6 9 2262 WFM Virkud Apurva
1 - 0
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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portici portici 4/6/2017 08:08
Congrats to Yaroslav for playing strongly and obtain well deserved win over Caruana. But the author seems to suggest that Caruana lost because of disrespect or underestimation on opponent. Any indication that this is the reason for Caruana's loss?
truthadjustr truthadjustr 4/6/2017 11:54
When I replayed the game yesterday, I literally thought that something was wrong with Caruana. Until i read the review here, and explains how dangerous and poisonous those lines were. Caruana underestimated Yaroslav by luring himself into dangerous waters he himself could not get out. Those lines were known territory.
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