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US Championship St Louis USA 2009 (2)

Big Upsets Dominate US Chess Championship

Saint Louis, May 9, 2009 -- The second day of the U.S. Chess Championship was a repeat of the first, with big upsets and teenagers making the biggest buzz. While it's hardly a surprise that No. 1 ranked Gata Kamsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., is undefeated after round two, it's shocking that one of the two other undefeated players in the 24-competitor championship is Robert Hess, a 17-year-old from New York.


Kamsky won against Akobian in round 2. Photo © Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009


Round 2. Robert Hess is a surprise leader on 2/2. Photo © Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009

Round 2 (May 9, 2009)
Khachiyan, Melikset - Shulman, Yuri 0-1 50 C19 French Winawer
Zatonskih, Anna - Ibragimov, Ildar ½-½ 39 D27 QGA
Hughes, Tyler B - Onischuk, Alexander 0-1 21 A81 Dutch Leningrad
Sevillano, Enrico - Lawton,Charles 1-0 89 B06 Modern Defence
Kamsky, Gata - Akobian, Varuzhan 1-0 41 C10 French Rubinstein
Ehlvest, Jaan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 37 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Shabalov, Alexander - Brooks, Michael A 0-1 36 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Christiansen, Larry M - Shankland, Samuel L ½-½ 47 D18 Slav Defence
Hess, Robert L - Becerra Rivero, Julio 1-0 44 C69 Ruy Lopez Exchange
Benjamin, Joel - Krush, Irina 1-0 40 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Robson, Ray - Gulko, Boris F 1-0 44 B64 Sicilian Rauzer
Friedel, Joshua E - Kaidanov, Gregory S 1-0 79 C80 Ruy Lopez Open

 

ch-USA Saint Louis (USA), 8-16 v 2009
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1. Shulman, Yuri g USA 2632 +16 +14 . . . . . . . 2  
2. Hess, Robert L m USA 2485 +17 +9 . . . . . . . 2  
3. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 +18 +11 . . . . . . . 2  
4. Ehlvest, Jaan g USA 2606 +12 =8 . . . . . . . 2775
5. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2684 =6 +13 . . . . . . . 2566
6. Friedel, Joshua E g USA 2516 =5 +19 . . . . . . . 2832
7. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2583 =10 +20 . . . . . . . 2642
8. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2701 +23 =4 . . . . . . . 2780
9. Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 2609 +15 -2 . . . . . . . 1 2475
10. Shankland, Samuel L m USA 2446 =7 =17 . . . . . . . 1 2585
11. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2612 +21 -3 . . . . . . . 1 2590
12. Brooks, Michael A m USA 2463 -4 +23 . . . . . . . 1 2587
13. Hughes, Tyler B   USA 2230 +22 -5 . . . . . . . 1 2622
14. Khachiyan, Melikset g USA 2546 +24 -1 . . . . . . . 1 2316
15. Robson, Ray m USA 2465 -9 +22 . . . . . . . 1 2585
16. Sevillano, Enrico m USA 2520 -1 +24 . . . . . . . 1 2316
17. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2588 -2 =10 . . . . . . . ½ 2272
18. Ibragimov, Ildar g USA 2586 -3 =21 . . . . . . . ½ 2397
19. Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2595 =20 -6 . . . . . . . ½ 2291
20. Krush, Irina m USA 2452 =19 -7 . . . . . . . ½ 2396
21. Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2461 -11 =18 . . . . . . . ½ 2406
22. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2561 -13 -15 . . . . . . . 0  
23. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2569 -8 -12 . . . . . . . 0  
24. Lawton,Charles   USA ---- -14 -16 . . . . . . . 0  

 

Jennifer Shahade and Macauley Peterson wrap up Round 2 on video.

Saint Louis, May 9, 2009 -- The second day of the U.S. Chess Championship was a repeat of the first, with big upsets and teenagers making the biggest buzz. While it's hardly a surprise that No. 1 ranked Gata Kamsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., is undefeated after round two, it's shocking that one of the two other undefeated players in the 24-competitor championship is Robert Hess, a 17-year-old from New York.

Hess came into the tournament ranked 37th in the United States. He has defeated grandmasters in both rounds: sixth-ranked Larry Christiansen, of Cambridge, Mass., on Friday, and seventh-ranked Julio Becerra of Miami, Fla., on Saturday.

Other Round 2 winners included Missourian Michael Brooks. The 91st-ranked Brooks, from Kansas City, beat 15th-ranked Alexander Shabalov, a grandmaster from Glendale, Calif. The youngest player in the tournament, Ray Robson, 14, of Largo, Fla., was victorious over the oldest player, 12th-ranked Boris Gulko, of Fairlawn, N.J., who is ranked 12th.

Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., the fourth-ranked player, remained unbeaten. But the second-ranked player in the country, Hikaru Nakamura, lost his chance at an undefeated tournament, when he played to a draw with Jaan Ehlvest, of Baltimore, who is ranked 11th.

Any player going undefeated over nine rounds will receive a $64,000 prize named for Bobby Fischer, the only player to accomplish that feat. In all, there is nearly $200,000 of potential prize money available. The nine-round tournament continues Sunday, May 10th from 2pm-8pm., and will conclude Sunday, May 17.

For a live update of tournament play on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/ccscsl. Results of Saturday's matches are available at http://www.saintlouischessclub.org. Photos of Round 2 are available at http://picasaweb.google.com/SaintLouisChessClub/Round2Photos02#.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis opened in July 2008, and has over 500 members. The club also will host the 2009 U.S. Women's Chess Championship from October 2-12.

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