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
 
2790
2 GM Samuel L Shankland
 
2648 ½ - ½ GM Wesley So
 
2773
3 GM Varuzhan Akobian
 
2610 ½ - ½ GM Ray Robson
 
2663
4 GM Gata Kamsky
 
2667 ½ - ½ GM Alexander Onischuk
 
2664
5 GM Aleksandr Lenderman
 
2623 ½ - ½ GM Jeffery Xiong
 
2588
6 IM Akshat Chandra
 
2501 ½ - ½ GM Alexander Shabalov
 
2520

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
 
2346
2 WFM Jennifer R Yu
 
2102 1 - 0   Carissa Yip
 
2109
3 WIM Agata Bykovtsev
 
2176 0 - 1 GM Irina Krush
 
2458
4 IM Anna Zatonskih
 
2469 1 - 0 FM Alisa Melekhina
 
2205
5 FM Akshita Gorti
 
2242 0 - 1 WGM Sabina Francesca Foisor
 
2258
6 WIM Ashritha Eswaran
 
2149 ½ - ½ WGM Katerina Nemcova
 
2367

Games of rounds 1 to 4

 

 

Standings after round four

 

Spring time in St. Louis

Outdoor commentator Alejandro Ramirez

Photos: Spectrum Studios (Tournament page...)



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A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 4/19/2016 01:27
If you lose against 6.f3 in the Najdorf, then it's tiime for a new opening.
Hawkman Hawkman 4/19/2016 01:48
"KrushonIrina 9 hours ago
Irina: As radiant as she is fortunate (against Melekhina)."

When it's all over, I think she or Anna will win it the way they have since 2005.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 4/18/2016 05:04
Irina: As radiant as she is fortunate (against Melekhina).
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