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US Championship St Louis USA 2009 (7)

Top 3 seeds, rising star, sit atop U.S. Chess Championship

St. Louis, Mo., 14 May, 2009 -- The leaderboard flipped Thursday in the seventh of nine rounds of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. At the end of the day, the three top seeds coming into the tournament, and a 17-year-old rising star, shared first place.


Round 7 Gata Kamsky beat Joel Benjamin. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009


Round 7. Hikaru Nakamura beat Varuzhan Akobian. Photo © Betsy Dynako. Official site: http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009

Round 7 (May 14, 2009)
Gulko, Boris F - Shabalov, Alexander ½-½ 46 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Shankland, Samuel L - Hughes, Tyler B 0-1 67 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Becerra Rivero, Julio - Lawton,Charles 1-0 39 B07 Pirc Defence
Ibragimov, Ildar - Khachiyan, Melikset 1-0 38 D81 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Robson, Ray - Brooks, Michael A 0-1 76 B96 Sicilian Najdorf
Ehlvest, Jaan - Krush, Irina 1-0 93 A07 Barcza System
Eckert, Doug D - Christiansen, Larry M 0-1 46 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Sevillano, Enrico - Kaidanov, Gregory S 1-0 60 C02 French Advance
Friedel, Joshua E - Hess, Robert L 0-1 29 C72 Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz
Benjamin, Joel - Kamsky, Gata 0-1 50 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Nakamura, Hikaru - Akobian, Varuzhan 1-0 40 C11 French Defence
Shulman, Yuri - Onischuk, Alexander 0-1 58 E94 King's Indian Classical

 

ch-USA Saint Louis (USA), 8-16 v 2009
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1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2701 +20 =8 +4 =5 =2 =3 +6 . . 5 2773
2. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 +13 +6 =5 =7 =1 =4 +10 . . 5 2745
3. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2684 =7 +18 =8 =4 +21 =1 +5 . . 5 2674
4. Hess, Robert L m USA 2485 +16 +17 -1 =3 +22 =2 +7 . . 5 2781
5. Shulman, Yuri g USA 2632 +11 +22 =2 =1 +7 =6 -3 . . 2716
6. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2612 +24 -2 +12 +17 +8 =5 -1 . . 2701
7. Friedel, Joshua E g USA 2516 =3 +14 +10 =2 -5 +9 -4 . . 4 2644
8. Ehlvest, Jaan g USA 2606 +9 =1 =3 =14 -6 =11 +15 . . 4 2625
9. Brooks, Michael A m USA 2463 -8 +20 =11 =10 +17 -7 +12 . . 4 2602
10. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2583 =21 +15 -7 =9 +18 +22 -2 . . 4 2531
11. Sevillano, Enrico m USA 2520 -5 +25 =9 -21 +20 =8 +14 . . 4 2523
12. Robson, Ray m USA 2465 -17 +19 -6 +13 =14 +16 -9 . . 2573
13. Ibragimov, Ildar g USA 2586 -2 =24 =16 -12 =19 +18 +22 . . 2510
14. Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2595 =15 -7 +24 =8 =12 +21 -11 . . 2495
15. Krush, Irina m USA 2452 =14 -10 +19 -22 =16 +17 -8 . . 3 2534
16. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2588 -4 =21 =13 =20 =15 -12 +23 . . 3 2418
17. Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 2609 +12 -4 +18 -6 -9 -15 +25 . . 3 2336
18. Hughes, Tyler B   USA 2230 +19 -3 -17 +25 -10 -13 +21 . . 3 2445
19. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2561 -18 -12 -15 +23 =13 +25 =20 . . 3 2318
20. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2569 -1 -9 +25 =16 -11 +23 =19 . . 3 2394
21. Shankland, Samuel L m USA 2446 =10 =16 =22 +11 -3 -14 -18 . . 2433
22. Khachiyan, Melikset g USA 2546 +25 -5 =21 +15 -4 -10 -13 . . 2352
23. Eckert, Doug D f USA 2275 . . . -19 +25 -20 -16 . . 1 2236
24. Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2461 -6 =13 -14 . . . . . . ½ 2324
25. Lawton,Charles   USA ---- -22 -11 -20 -18 -23 -19 -17 . . 0  

St. Louis, Mo., 14 May, 2009 -- The leaderboard flipped Thursday in the seventh of nine rounds of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. At the end of the day, the three top seeds coming into the tournament, and a 17-year-old rising star, shared first place.

No. 1 seed Gata Kamsky, of Brooklyn, N.Y., No. 2 Hikaru Nakamura, of White Plains, N.Y., No. 3 Alexander Onsichuk, of Baltimore, and Robert Hess, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y., have 5 points apiece. There is $135,000 in prize money at stake.

Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., and Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., who shared the lead after the sixth routh, fell into second place with 4.5 points after losing to Onischuk and Nakamura, respectively.

Kamsky defeated three-time U.S. champion Joel Benjamin, of New Jersey, and Hess defeated Josh Friedel, of New York.

Michael Brooks, of Kansas City, Mo., had a dramatic turnaround in his game, putting him closer to earning grandmaster status. Brooks, 47, beat the youngest player in the field, 14-year-old phenom Ray Robson, of Largo, Fla., to end the day with 4 points. Not only will his above-par performance raise his chess rating, but if he manages to score 1.5 points over his final two games, he will be on course for a grandmaster norm. No Missourian has become a grandmaster.

Friday is a rest day. Round eight of the nine-round championship will be on Saturday. The tournament concludes Sunday.

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

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