Saint Louis: Robson joins Zhao in the Juniors lead

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7/16/2010 – 15-year-old GM Ray Robson, top seed in the Junior section of the US championships, easily won his round six game to join surprise leader Parker Zhao, who lost to FM Conrad Holt, at the top of the table. Nobody will be surprised if it is all RR from now to the end. In the Women's both top contenders Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush won their games to leave Zatonskih in the lead. Round six report.

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2010 U.S. Women's and
Junior Closed Championships

Two of the most prestigious tournaments in the country, the 2010 U.S. Women's Championship and the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship are taking place July 9-20 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. IM Anna Zatonskih is looking to defend her crown, which she won for two years in succession. In the Junior section Ray Robson is the top seed.

Women round six – July 15, 2010
Foisor, Sabina-Francesca
Krush, Irina
Melekhina, Alisa
Baginskaite, Camilla
Zenyuk, Iryna
Rohonyan, Katerina
Marinello, Beatriz M
Abrahamyan, Tatev
Marshall, Abby
Zatonskih, Anna

Zenyuk,I (2236) - Rohonyan,K (2319) [D15]
ch-USA w St Louis USA (6), 15.07.2010
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bg5 Ne4 7.Nxe4 dxe4 8.Nd2 Nc6 9.e3 Qa5 10.Bf4 e5 11.dxe5 Be6 12.a3 Rd8 13.b4 Nxb4 14.axb4 Qxb4 15.Qa4+ b5 16.Qxb4 Bxb4 17.0-0-0 0-0 18.Be2 a5 19.Nxe4 Ra8 20.Nd6 a4 21.Bxb5 a3 22.Kc2 Ra5 23.Bc4 Rc5 24.Kd3 a2 25.Ra1 Ra8 26.e4 Ra3+ 27.Kd4 Rca5 28.Bxe6 Bc3+ 29.Kc4 R5a4+ 30.Kb5 Rb4+ 31.Kc5 fxe6 32.Rxa2 Rxa2 After surviving the "iron king" march up the board White is fairly safe, but now blunders: 33.Bg3? (33.Rc1 was required).

33...Rc2. The mate-in-one threats 33...Ra7 34.Kc6 Bd4 would have finished it off faster. 34.Ne8 Rxe4 (or 34...Be1+ and mate to follow) 35.Kd6 Kf7 36.Kd7 Bxe5 37.Bxe5 Rxe5 38.Nd6+ Kf6 39.Ne8+ Kg6 40.f4 Ree2 41.g4 Rxh2 42.Rxh2 Rxh2 43.Kxe6 Re2+ 44.Kd7 Re4 45.f5+ Kh6 46.f6 gxf6 47.Nxf6 Re1 48.Kd6 Kg6 49.Nh5 Re4 0-1.

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IM Irina Krush returned to her winning way with a fine a+b-pawn win over Sabina-Francesca Foisor. But at the same time Irina's main rival Anna Zatonskih walked all over the position of tail-ender Abby Marshall and stayed half a point ahead.

Standings after six rounds – Women

Juniors round six – July 15, 2010
Yang, Darwin
Shankland, Samuel L
Robson, Ray
Hughes, Tyler B
Rosen, Eric S
Bryant, John Daniel
Zierk, Steven C
Harper, Warren
Holt, Conrad
Zhao, Parker

FM Conrad Holt beat leader Parker Zhao to take away his one-point lead over the field

15-year-old GM Ray Robson, top seed in this tournament, easily outplayed Tyler Hughes
to join Parker Zhao in the lead. Nobody will be surprised if it is all RR from now to the end

Standings after six rounds – Juniors


After six rounds and thirty games of play we have the following statistics (games, percentage):

5 = 17%
7 = 24%
White wins
12 = 40%
13 = 43%
Black wins
13 = 43%
10 = 33%




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