U.S. Championships: Niemann beats Sevian, shares the lead with Abhimanyu

by Klaus Besenthal
10/7/2023 – In the second round of the US Championships in Saint Louis, Hans Niemann won with black against Sam Sevian, who had beaten Ray Robson one round earlier to take the lead. For the time being, Niemann is sharing the lead with Abhimanyu Mishra, who won against Andrew Tang. Niemann and Abhimanyu now both have a 1½/2 score. In the women’s section, a quartet consisting of Carissa Yip, Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova, Nazi Paikidze and Tatev Abrahamyan (all on 1½/2 points) are topping the standings. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Two co-leaders on plus-one

Abhimanyu Mishra won easily against Andrew Tang when the latter made a serious miscalculation while opening up the position.

Abhimanyu Mishra

Abhimanyu Mishra | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Sam Sevian came close to celebrating his second win in a row in the game against Hans Niemann, but was unable to convert his advantage.

Near the end of the game, Sevian did not find an only move that would have saved the draw and lost the game.

Hans Niemann

Hans Niemann | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 2 results

Standings after round 2

All games

Women’s: Three decisive results

There is no real favourite in the women's category so far...

Irina Krush

...but Irina Krush, who has already won the title eight times in the past 25 years, would certainly like to triumph a ninth time | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Ashritha Eswaran

Ashritha Eswaran bounced back from his round-1 loss by beating Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Tatev Abrahamyan

Tatev Abrahamyan is sharing the lead now — she beat Alice Lee in the second round | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Carissa Yip

Carissa Yip got the better of defending champion Jennifer Yu | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 2 results

Standings after round 2

All games


Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.