US Championship: Big Point for Caruana

by André Schulz
4/18/2016 – In round four of the US Championships in St. Louis Fabiano Caruana scored a big point in the fight for title and money: he won against Hikaru Nakamura to become sole leader with 3.5/4. Wesley So, who drew against Sam Shankland, is half a point behind. In the women's tournament Irina Krush, Tatev Abrahamyan and Nazi Paikidze share the lead with 3.0/4 each.

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Game over

Caruana was the only player to win in round four - all other games ended in a draw. Caruana now leads the field with 3.5/4, Wesley So and Ray Robson follow half a point behind with 3.0/4. With 2.5/4 Sam Shankland is still on +1 while Jeffery Xiong, the youngest participant in this year's championship has not yet lost a single game but drew in all four rounds. However, he still has to play against the elo-heavyweights.

Fabiano Caruana

Results of round 4

Br. Tit Name Coun ELO Ergebnis Titel Name Coun ELO
1 GM Fabiano Caruana
2794 1 - 0 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2 GM Samuel L Shankland
2648 ½ - ½ GM Wesley So
3 GM Varuzhan Akobian
2610 ½ - ½ GM Ray Robson
4 GM Gata Kamsky
2667 ½ - ½ GM Alexander Onischuk
5 GM Aleksandr Lenderman
2623 ½ - ½ GM Jeffery Xiong
6 IM Akshat Chandra
2501 ½ - ½ GM Alexander Shabalov

Games of rounds 1 to 4



Standings after round 4

Women's Tournament

Before the start of the tournament Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih, who have been dominating the US Women's Championships for the last ten years, were considered to be the biggest favorites. But after four rounds it is Irina Krush who shares the lead with Tatev Abrahamyan and Nazi Paikidze - they all have 3.0/4. In round three Irina Krush, the defending champion, was lucky to escape with a draw against Alisa Melekhina but in round four she was back in form and won against Agata Bykovtsev.

Anna Zatonskih is half a point behind the three leaders and shares fourth and fifth place with Carissa Yip. After three draws Anna Zatonskih scored her first full point in round four by winning against Alisa Melekhina.

Tense: Irina Krush during the game

Irina Krush during the press conference

Jennifer Yu, one of the young talents

Results of round four

Br. Tit Name Coun ELO Ergebnis Titel Name Coun ELO
1 WGM Tatev Abrahamyan
2324 ½ - ½ IM Nazi Paikidze
2 WFM Jennifer R Yu
2102 1 - 0   Carissa Yip
3 WIM Agata Bykovtsev
2176 0 - 1 GM Irina Krush
4 IM Anna Zatonskih
2469 1 - 0 FM Alisa Melekhina
5 FM Akshita Gorti
2242 0 - 1 WGM Sabina Francesca Foisor
6 WIM Ashritha Eswaran
2149 ½ - ½ WGM Katerina Nemcova

Games of rounds 1 to 4



Standings after round four


Spring time in St. Louis

Outdoor commentator Alejandro Ramirez

Photos: Spectrum Studios (Tournament page...)

André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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