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US Championship St Louis USA 2009 (9)

Hikaru Nakamura Wins 2009 US Chess Championship

Saint Louis, May 17 -- Hikaru Nakamura, 21, of White Plains, N.Y., won the the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship after winning in the ninth and final round at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


Hikaru Nakamura took the title with a final round win. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009


Round 8. Robert Hess beat defending champion Yuri Shulman but couldn't win in the final round. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009

Round 9 (May 17, 2009)
Hess, Robert L - Akobian, Varuzhan ½-½ 43 C11 French Defence
Shulman, Yuri - Kaidanov, Gregory S ½-½ 37 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Ibragimov, Ildar - Brooks, Michael A 1-0 42 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Sevillano, Enrico - Christiansen, Larry M 0-1 38 C41 Philidor's Defence
Benjamin, Joel - Shabalov, Alexander ½-½ 56 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Shankland, Samuel L - Gulko, Boris F 0-1 35 B64 Sicilian Rauzer
Becerra Rivero, Julio - Khachiyan, Melikset ½-½ 20 C43 Petroff's Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Friedel, Joshua E 1-0 22 C58 Two Knights Defence
Krush, Irina - Lawton,Charles ½-½ 31 B08 Pirc Defence
Hughes, Tyler B - Eckert, Doug D 1-0 27 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Onischuk, Alexander - Robson, Ray 1-0 67 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Ehlvest, Jaan - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 57 C48 Four Knights Rubinstein

 

ch-USA Saint Louis (USA), 8-17 v 2009
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1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2701 +14 =10 +2 =7 =4 =3 +5 +16 +6 7 2807
2. Hess, Robert L m USA 2485 +9 +18 -1 =3 +22 =4 +6 +7 =5 2789
3. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2684 =6 +19 =10 =2 +21 =1 +7 =4 +11 2699
4. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 +8 +5 =7 =6 =1 =2 +12 =3 =10 6 2725
5. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2612 +25 -4 +11 +18 +10 =7 -1 +12 =2 6 2709
6. Friedel, Joshua E g USA 2516 =3 +13 +12 =4 -7 +16 -2 +10 -1 5 2650
7. Shulman, Yuri g USA 2632 +17 +22 =4 =1 +6 =5 -3 -2 =13 5 2640
8. Ibragimov, Ildar g USA 2586 -4 =25 =9 -11 =15 +19 +22 =13 +16 5 2557
9. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2588 -2 =21 =8 =14 =20 -11 +23 +19 +17 5 2490
10. Ehlvest, Jaan g USA 2606 +16 =1 =3 =13 -5 =17 +20 -6 =4 2584
11. Robson, Ray m USA 2465 -18 +15 -5 +8 =13 +9 -16 +17 -3 2579
12. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2583 =21 +20 -6 =16 +19 +22 -4 -5 =14 2506
13. Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2595 =20 -6 +25 =10 =11 +21 -17 =8 =7 2520
14. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2569 -1 -16 +24 =9 -17 +23 =15 +20 =12 2460
15. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2561 -19 -11 -20 +23 =8 +24 =14 =18 +21 2403
16. Brooks, Michael A m USA 2463 -10 +14 =17 =12 +18 -6 +11 -1 -8 4 2529
17. Sevillano, Enrico m USA 2520 -7 +24 =16 -21 +14 =10 +13 -11 -9 4 2441
18. Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 2609 +11 -2 +19 -5 -16 -20 +24 =15 =22 4 2380
19. Hughes, Tyler B   USA 2230 +15 -3 -18 +24 -12 -8 +21 -9 +23 4 2438
20. Krush, Irina m USA 2452 =13 -12 +15 -22 =9 +18 -10 -14 =24 2437
21. Shankland, Samuel L m USA 2446 =12 =9 =22 +17 -3 -13 -19 =24 -15 3 2353
22. Khachiyan, Melikset g USA 2546 +24 -7 =21 +20 -2 -12 -8 -23 =18 3 2327
23. Eckert, Doug D f USA 2275 . . . -15 +24 -14 -9 +22 -19 2 2290
24. Lawton,Charles   USA ---- -22 -17 -14 -19 -23 -15 -18 =21 =20 1 2116
25. Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2461 -5 =8 -13 . . . . . . ½ 2324

Saint Louis, May 17 -- Hikaru Nakamura, 21, of White Plains, N.Y., won the the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship after winning in the ninth and final round at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Second-seeded Nakamura, who also won the title in 2004, when he was just 16, won the venerable 164-year-old title and first prize of $40,000 ($35,000, plus a $5,000 outright winner's bonus) after beating Josh Friedel, of New York. Nakamura finished with seven points over nine games, and never lost a game.

He was assured the title after 17-year-old Robert Hess, of New York, managed only a draw in his last round game with Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif. Hess and Nakamura entered the final round tied with six points.

Nakamura, who as a junior broke every age-group record set by Bobby Fischer, except that of youngest U.S. champion (Fischer did this at age 14), played confident and assured over the 10 days of tense competition.

"I was very happy with my play throughout and relieved to have won the title again," said Nakamura moments after being confirmed champion. "This is a title that means so much to me and the U.S. chess community -- and I have to thank the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for putting on such a memorable championship. Winning the second title feels better to me than the first."

Nakamura will officially be crowned the 2009 U.S. chess champion Sunday evening by championship sponsor Rex Sinquefield -- founder of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center -- during a closing ceremony at the Zodiac Room of the Chase Park Hotel in St. Louis' trendy Central West End.

The final round-nine of the championship concludes Sunday.

Live coverage: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009-Live - Twitter: http://twitter.com/ccscslM

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