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US Championship St Louis USA 2009 (6)

Shulman And Akobian Hold Lead At U.S. Chess Championship

St. Louis, Mo., May 13, 2009 -- Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., and Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., continue to hold the lead of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


Round 6 Gata Kamsky. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009


Round 6. Alexander Onischuk vs Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009

Round 6 (May 13, 2009)
Lawton,Charles - Gulko, Boris F 0-1 36 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Shabalov, Alexander - Eckert, Doug D 1-0 25 B80 Sicilian Scheveningen
Hughes, Tyler B - Ibragimov, Ildar 0-1 34 E20 Nimzo Indian
Krush, Irina - Becerra Rivero, Julio 1-0 40 D44 Anti-Meran Gambit
Christiansen, Larry M - Robson, Ray 0-1 36 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Sevillano, Enrico - Ehlvest, Jaan ½-½ 69 C64 Ruy Lopez Classical
Kaidanov, Gregory S - Shankland, Samuel L 1-0 49 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Khachiyan, Melikset - Benjamin, Joel 0-1 49 C50 Giuoco Piano
Brooks, Michael A - Friedel, Joshua E 0-1 40 C69 Ruy Lopez Exchange
Onischuk, Alexander - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 43 E43 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Kamsky, Gata - Hess, Robert L ½-½ 35 B72 Sicilian Dragon
Akobian, Varuzhan - Shulman, Yuri ½-½ 33 D45 Anti-Meran Variations



ch-USA Saint Louis (USA), 8-16 v 2009
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
1. Shulman, Yuri g USA 2632 +14 +17 =3 =5 +4 =2 . . . 2795
2. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2612 +24 -3 +9 +20 +11 =1 . . . 2775
3. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 +16 +2 =1 =4 =5 =7 . . . 4 2713
4. Friedel, Joshua E g USA 2516 =6 +10 +8 =3 -1 +12 . . . 4 2737
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2701 +19 =11 +7 =1 =3 =6 . . . 4 2741
6. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2684 =4 +22 =11 =7 +15 =5 . . . 4 2622
7. Hess, Robert L m USA 2485 +21 +20 -5 =6 +17 =3 . . . 4 2766
8. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2583 =15 +13 -4 =12 +22 +17 . . . 4 2567
9. Robson, Ray m USA 2465 -20 +18 -2 +16 =10 +21 . . . 2648
10. Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2595 =13 -4 +24 =11 =9 +15 . . . 2548
11. Ehlvest, Jaan g USA 2606 +12 =5 =6 =10 -2 =14 . . . 3 2595
12. Brooks, Michael A m USA 2463 -11 +19 =14 =8 +20 -4 . . . 3 2567
13. Krush, Irina m USA 2452 =10 -8 +18 -17 =21 +20 . . . 3 2580
14. Sevillano, Enrico m USA 2520 -1 +25 =12 -15 +19 =11 . . . 3 2452
15. Shankland, Samuel L m USA 2446 =8 =21 =17 +14 -6 -10 . . . 2529
16. Ibragimov, Ildar g USA 2586 -3 =24 =21 -9 =18 +22 . . . 2447
17. Khachiyan, Melikset g USA 2546 +25 -1 =15 +13 -7 -8 . . . 2376
18. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2561 -22 -9 -13 +23 =16 +25 . . . 2277
19. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2569 -5 -12 +25 =21 -14 +23 . . . 2367
20. Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 2609 +9 -7 +22 -2 -12 -13 . . . 2 2326
21. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2588 -7 =15 =16 =19 =13 -9 . . . 2 2375
22. Hughes, Tyler B   USA 2230 +18 -6 -20 +25 -8 -16 . . . 2 2378
23. Eckert, Doug D f USA 2275 . . . -18 +25 -19 . . . 1 2251
24. Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2461 -2 =16 -10 . . . . . . ½ 2324
25. Lawton,Charles   USA ---- -17 -14 -19 -22 -23 -18 . . . 0

St. Louis, Mo., May 13, 2009 -- Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., and Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., continue to hold the lead of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

As overnight leaders, the two were matched up Wednesday in round six of the $135,000 championship. A win would have given the victor sole possession of first place, but Shulman and Akobian played to a draw. They share the top of the leader board with 4.5 points.

A pack of six players is a half-point back, including the top three ranked U.S. players coming into the tournament: New Yorkers Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura, and Alexander Onischuk, of Baltimore. Also in the group is 17-year-old Robert Hess, of New York, who played to a draw Wednesday in his match with Kamsky.

The youngest player in the field, 14-year-old Ray Robson, of Largo, Fla., beat three-time U.S. champion Larry Christiansen, of Cambridge, Mass., as the young phenom took a big step in his quest to becoming the country's youngest chess grandmaster.

Also breaking down the barriers in the game was another outstanding performance from Irina Krush, of Brooklyn, N.Y., the sole woman player in the championship after the illness-related withdrawal of Anna Zatonskih of Long Island, N.Y. Krush turned in the best performance of the day by beating Julio Becerra, a grandmaster from Miami, Fl.

The nine-round championship concludes Sunday.

For a live update of tournament play on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/ccscsl. Results of all matches are available at www.saintlouischessclub.org.

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

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

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