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Six in Title Contention in Final Round of U.S. Championships

Monday brings the final round for the 2014 U.S. Chess Championships and, in both races, three players are crowding the finish line. Varuzhan Akobian and Aleksandr Lenderman square off in a head-to-head, winner-take-all showdown for the title of 2014 U.S. Champion.

Logjam Atop Leaderboards at U.S. Championships

GM Irina Krush scored a must-win victory over her main rival Anna Zatonskih to pull even with one round to go. In the U.S. Championship, a pivotal head-to-head matchup between Varuzhan Akobian and Gata Kamsky looms.

Akobian, Zatonskih Create Space; 2014 U.S. Women’s Title On the Line

The 2014 U.S. Championships returned from its break for one of the most chaos-driven rounds since the tournament began. Varuzhan Akobian leads the U.S. Championship while Anna Zatonskih leads the U.S. Women's Championship.

Akobian, Zatonskih in Front; Reigning Champs Trail on Rest Day

Varuzhan Akobian turned in his third quality win in a row Wednesday, leaving him in sole possession of first place of the 2014 U.S. Championship. In the women’s competition, Anna Zatonskih now leads with 5/6.

Krush Slips, Lenderman Falls; U.S. Championships Knotted on Top

Despite a slow, draw-filled start, the U.S. Championship heated up as it passed its halfway point, with Tuesday’s sixth round featuring another day of bloodshed. Meanwhile, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship had its closest round of balance yet.

Irina Krushing; New Winners Shuffle Standings in U.S. Champ Race

While the U.S. chess king questioned who might bear his crown next, America’s queen began resizing hers. Four-time champion Gata Kamsky walked through another uneventful draw on Monday afternoon while Irina Krush seized control of the U.S. Women's Championship.

Kamsky Wins, Lenderman Still Leads at U.S. Championship

Reigning Champion Gata Kamsky sprang to life on Sunday and scored his first win. Also winning on Sunday were Alex Onischuk, Timur Gareev and Alex Lenderman, who leads the event with 3.5/4.

Lenderman Leads U.S. Champs; Krush, Zatonskih Tied Atop U.S. Women's

The U.S. Championship saw just two more wins in Saturday’s third round. Aleksandr Lenderman’s second victory of the competition set him alone out front with 2.5/3. Anna Zatonskih won her game to pull even with Irina Krush in the U.S. Women's Championship.

Fischer Prize Extended to U.S. Women's; Krush, Foisor Remain Perfect

During play on Friday, Rex Sinquefield announced that he was extending the $64,000 Fischer Bonus Prize to the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship. Sabina Foisor and Irina Krush each remained perfect after two rounds of play.

Eswaran Steals the Show in Round 1 of U.S. Champs

A win by 13-year-old Ashritha Eswaran in her first-ever U.S. Women's Championship was the highlight of round 1 of the 2014 U.S. Championships. GMs Ray Robson and Alex Lenderman also emerged victorious.

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