2017 U.S. Championships

Akobian and Caruana offer masterclass performances, Foisor catches Paikidze at the top

The 2017 U.S. Championships are heading into their last rounds, and the battle for top position is heating up more each day. In the open division, Wesley So is still leading, but another competitor has emerged on the horizon. Var Akobian dropped the hammer on yesterday’s hero, Yaro Zherebukh, and leap frogged him after a sound strategic victory. He is now joint leader alongside So and will go into the championship rounds as one of the favorites to win it all. Caruana was quick to recover after his painful loss and blew Daniel Naroditsky off the board after a powerful show of dynamic chess. In the women’s section, Nazi drew the wildcard Maggie Feng and allowed Sabina Foisor to catch her at the top of the table. Let’s get into the recap!

Replay Round 8

[Event "2017 U.S. Championship"] [Site "Saint Louis, Mo"] [Date "2017.04.06"] [Round "8.1"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [BlackElo "2793"] [WhiteElo "2822"] [LiveChessVersion "1.4.8"] [ECO "E10"] 1. d4 {[%clk 1:30:57]} Nf6 {[%clk 1:30:47]} 2. c4 {[%clk 1:31:19]} e6 {[%clk 1:31:10]} 3. Nf3 {[%clk 1:31:43]} d5 {[%clk 1:31:32]} 4. g3 {[%clk 1:31:55]} Bb4+ {[%clk 1:31:55]} 5. Bd2 {[%clk 1:32:18]} Be7 {[%clk 1:32:20]} 6. Bg2 {[%clk 1:32:31]} O-O {[%clk 1:32:25]} 7. O-O {[%clk 1:32:56]} Nbd7 {[%clk 1:32:48]} 8. Qc2 {[%clk 1:33:19]} Ne4

Replay Round 7

[Event "2017 U.S. Championship"] [Site "Saint Louis, Mo"] [Date "2017.04.05"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Robson, Ray"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [BlackElo "2822"] [WhiteElo "2668"] [LiveChessVersion "1.4.8"] [ECO "A06"] 1. Nf3 {[%clk 1:30:56]} d5 {[%clk 1:30:45]} 2. g3 {[%clk 1:31:18]} Nf6 {[%clk 1:30:20]} 3. Bg2 {[%clk 1:31:33]} e6 {[%clk 1:30:42]} 4. O-O {[%clk 1:31:16]} Be7 {[%clk 1:31:07]} 5. b3 {[%clk 1:28:31]} O-O {[%clk 1:31:08]} 6. Bb2 {[%clk 1:28:40]} c5 {[%clk 1:29:21]} 7. c4 {[%clk 1:27:36]} Nc6

Fabiano stunned, Nazi escapes after shaky opening

Round 7 of the U.S. Championships was a shocker! How else can you call a round in which the number three in the world and reigning champion gets defeated by the wildcard? Yaroslav Zherebukh produces the surprise of the tournament after a majestic performance against Caruana. In the women’s section, Nazi uses her unbeatable charisma to get away with a draw in a very shaky position. 

So dodges bullet, Nazi wins the battle of the leaders

Today was the day after the free day, the day for which players have the most time to prepare for, the day where the biggest volume of opening novelties get released. That was what everybody expected going into round 6 of the 2017 U.S. Championships, and that was the product that was delivered! Wesley So fell under severe pressure after Akobian unleashed a deep and dynamic opening idea; in the women’s section, Nazi mastered the endgame and outplayed her biggest rival, Irina Krush, in the battle of the leaders.

Replay Round 6

[Event "2017 U.S. Championship"] [Site "Saint Louis, Mo"] [Date "2017.04.04"] [Round "6.1"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Akobian, Varuzhan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [BlackElo "2645"] [WhiteElo "2822"] [LiveChessVersion "1.4.8"] [ECO "D31"] 1. c4 {[%clk 1:30:57]} e6 {[%clk 1:29:55]} 2. Nc3 {[%clk 1:31:19]} d5 {[%clk 1:29:57]} 3. d4 {[%clk 1:31:43]} Be7 {[%clk 1:29:17]} 4. cxd5 {[%clk 1:31:59]} exd5 {[%clk 1:29:42]} 5. Bf4 {[%clk 1:32:24]} c6 {[%clk 1:29:41]} 6. e3 {[%clk 1:32:47]} Bf5 {[%clk 1:21:13]} 7. g4

Record of decisive results before the free day

It is a well-known fact in the chess world, every player wants to go into the free day on a high note. This usually translates into sharp games that lead to decisive results. That was my prediction at the beginning of the round and the players did not disappoint. 


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