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US Championship St Louis USA 2009 (3)

Kansas City Chess Star Makes His Move in the U.S. Championship

St. Louis, MO May 10, 2009: Local Kansas City player International Master Michael Brooks is proving to be the dangerous unknown quantity for some of the game's leading Grandmasters in the 2009 U.S. Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


Round 3 Kamsky - Shulman was a 30 move draw. Photo © Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009


Round 3. Hikaru Nakamura was a bridge to far for suprise round 2 leader Robert Hess. Photo © Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009

Round 3 (May 10, 2009)
Krush, Irina - Gulko, Boris F 1-0 54 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Shulman, Yuri - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 30 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Onischuk, Alexander - Ehlvest, Jaan ½-½ 41 E38 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Becerra Rivero, Julio - Hughes, Tyler B 1-0 29 B48 Sicilian Paulsen
Brooks, Michael A - Sevillano, Enrico ½-½ 70 C19 French Winawer
Nakamura, Hikaru - Hess, Robert L 1-0 49 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Shankland, Samuel L - Khachiyan, Melikset ½-½ 31 C41 Philidor's Defence
Kaidanov, Gregory S - Zatonskih, Anna * Postponed
Ibragimov, Ildar - Christiansen, Larry M ½-½ 40 D10 Slav Defence
Lawton,Charles - Shabalov, Alexander 0-1 27 B03 Alekhine's Defence
Akobian, Varuzhan - Robson, Ray 1-0 51 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Benjamin, Joel - Friedel, Joshua E 0-1 60 A46 Queen's Pawn Opening



ch-USA Saint Louis (USA), 8-16 v 2009
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
1. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 +17 +9 =2 . . . . . . 2883
2. Shulman, Yuri g USA 2632 +14 +13 =1 . . . . . . 2868
3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2701 +20 =5 +7 . . . . . . 2826
4. Friedel, Joshua E g USA 2516 =6 +21 +10 . . . . . . 2893
5. Ehlvest, Jaan g USA 2606 +12 =3 =6 . . . . . . 2 2741
6. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2684 =4 +18 =5 . . . . . . 2 2575
7. Hess, Robert L m USA 2485 +16 +8 -3 . . . . . . 2 2757
8. Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 2609 +19 -7 +18 . . . . . . 2 2518
9. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2612 +22 -1 +19 . . . . . . 2 2673
10. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2583 =11 +15 -4 . . . . . . 2471
11. Shankland, Samuel L m USA 2446 =10 =16 =13 . . . . . . 2572
12. Brooks, Michael A m USA 2463 -5 +20 =14 . . . . . . 2565
13. Khachiyan, Melikset g USA 2546 +24 -2 =11 . . . . . . 2359
14. Sevillano, Enrico m USA 2520 -2 +24 =12 . . . . . . 2365
15. Krush, Irina m USA 2452 =21 -10 +23 . . . . . . 2579
16. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2588 -7 =11 =17 . . . . . . 1 2380
17. Ibragimov, Ildar g USA 2586 -1 =22 =16 . . . . . . 1 2464
18. Hughes, Tyler B   USA 2230 +23 -6 -8 . . . . . . 1 2493
19. Robson, Ray m USA 2465 -8 +23 -9 . . . . . . 1 2469
20. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2569 -3 -12 +24 . . . . . . 1 2263
21. Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2595 =15 -4 ? . . . . . . ½ 2291
22. Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2461 -9 =17 ? . . . . . . ½ 2406
23. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2561 -18 -19 -15 . . . . . . 0
24. Lawton,Charles   USA ---- -13 -14 -20 . . . . . . 0

St. Louis, MO May 10, 2009: Local Kansas City player International Master Michael Brooks is proving to be the dangerous unknown quantity for some of the game's leading Grandmasters in the 2009 U.S. Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

After narrowly losing to top-rated Grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest from Baltimore, MD, in an epic opening round clash, Brooks, 47, who rarely plays outside of his native state of Missouri, caused the sensation of round two by outplaying and beating one of the pre-championship favorites in four-time U.S. Champion Grandmaster Alexander Shabalov of Pittsburgh, PA. The game proved to be one of best of the day's round and the appreciative local Missouri audience gave their man the biggest cheer of the day with the sensational win over such a high-rated opponent.

Brooks, playing opponents all rated much higher than himself in the elite event of the American game, is now playing to par with a 50 per cent score of 1.5-points from his first three games after he successfully held IM Enrico Sevillano from Tehachapi, CA, to a draw in round three.

Due to a minor ailment, WGM Zatonskih, the only mother in the 24-player field on Mother's Day, had to attend St. Louis University Hospital for treatment for a minor ailment. Unfortunately this meant she was unable to play her round three game and would have had to automatically forfeit the loss to her opponent without a move being played - but, in a true act of sportsmanship, Kaidanov - who could easily have claimed a win by default - magnanimously offered to postpone their match-up until the official rest day on Friday, when they will both play catch-up on the day the rest of the field are on a break.

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