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US Championship St Louis USA 2009 (5)

Shulman and Akobian make their move for title

St. Louis, MO, May 12, 2009 -- Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., and Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., broke from the pack to take the joint lead of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


Round 5 Gata Kamsky. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009


Round 5. Varuzhan Akobian. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009

Round 5 (May 12, 2009)
Ehlvest, Jaan - Akobian, Varuzhan 0-1 40 C05 French Tarrasch
Friedel, Joshua E - Shulman, Yuri 0-1 35 C19 French Winawer
Krush, Irina - Christiansen, Larry M ½-½ 45 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Benjamin, Joel - Hughes, Tyler B 1-0 26 B40 Sicilian Classical
Shankland, Samuel L - Onischuk, Alexander 0-1 22 C45 Scotch Game
Becerra Rivero, Julio - Brooks, Michael A 0-1 84 B05 Alekhine's Defence
Eckert, Doug D - Lawton,Charles 1-0 46 E93 King's Indian Classical
Robson, Ray - Kaidanov, Gregory S ½-½ 37 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Shabalov, Alexander - Sevillano, Enrico 0-1 39 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Ibragimov, Ildar - Gulko, Boris F ½-½ 32 E48 Nimzo Indian
Hess, Robert L - Khachiyan, Melikset 1-0 44 B81 Sicilian Keres Attack
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 35 A10 Dutch, QI and KID Systems



ch-USA Saint Louis (USA), 8-16 v 2009
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
1. Shulman, Yuri g USA 2632 +15 +14 =3 =4 +7 . . . . 4 2840
2. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2612 +24 -3 +12 +16 +10 . . . . 4 2812
3. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 +20 +2 =1 =7 =4 . . . . 2758
4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2701 +22 =10 +6 =1 =3 . . . . 2751
5. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2684 =7 +19 =10 =6 +11 . . . . 2605
6. Hess, Robert L m USA 2485 +17 +16 -4 =5 +14 . . . . 2774
7. Friedel, Joshua E g USA 2516 =5 +13 +8 =3 -1 . . . . 3 2714
8. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2583 =11 +18 -7 =9 +19 . . . . 3 2493
9. Brooks, Michael A m USA 2463 -10 +22 =15 =8 +16 . . . . 3 2649
10. Ehlvest, Jaan g USA 2606 +9 =4 =5 =13 -2 . . . . 2611
11. Shankland, Samuel L m USA 2446 =8 =17 =14 +15 -5 . . . . 2584
12. Robson, Ray m USA 2465 -16 +21 -2 +20 =13 . . . . 2592
13. Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2595 =18 -7 +24 =10 =12 . . . . 2500
14. Khachiyan, Melikset g USA 2546 +25 -1 =11 +18 -6 . . . . 2403
15. Sevillano, Enrico m USA 2520 -1 +25 =9 -11 +22 . . . . 2422
16. Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 2609 +12 -6 +19 -2 -9 . . . . 2 2379
17. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2588 -6 =11 =20 =22 =18 . . . . 2 2435
18. Krush, Irina m USA 2452 =13 -8 +21 -14 =17 . . . . 2 2502
19. Hughes, Tyler B   USA 2230 +21 -5 -16 +25 -8 . . . . 2 2415
20. Ibragimov, Ildar g USA 2586 -3 =24 =17 -12 =21 . . . . 2410
21. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2561 -19 -12 -18 +23 =20 . . . . 2252
22. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2569 -4 -9 +25 =17 -15 . . . . 2305
23. Eckert, Doug D f USA 2275 . . . -21 +25 . . . . 1 2280
24. Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2461 -2 =20 -13 . . . . . . ½ 2324
25. Lawton,Charles   USA ---- -14 -15 -22 -19 -23 . . . . 0

St. Louis, MO, May 12, 2009 -- Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., and Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., broke from the pack to take the joint lead of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Akobian, 25, who was the subject of MTV's Real Life documentary series last year, was the first to make his move for the title and the $135,000 prize fund with his third successive win. He easily outplayed Jaan Ehlvest, of Baltimore, in round five of the championship. Shulman joined Akobian at the top of the leader board with points by capitalizing on an error from the Josh Friedel of New York near the end of their game.

Akobian and Shulman were only able to take the joint lead after a clash of the titans between top-seeded New York grandmasters Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura ended in a draw. In that game, No. 1 seed Kamsky looked to be better throughout, but his young rival proved resourceful as he saved the game and a valuable half point.

Kamsky and Nakamura each were a half point behind the leaders with 3.5 points, along with Alexander Onischuk, of Baltimore, and Robert Hess, 17, of New York.

The nine-round championship concludes Sunday.

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.

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

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