2011 US Championship News

$10K Blitz Open and Reserve Standings

Al Howlett, center, contemplates his next move at the $10K Blitz Open.

Kamsky Reigns Supreme, Women Head to Tiebreak

GM Gata Kamsky successfully defended his title against a strong field. His next challenge: GM Veselin Topalov In a Candidates Match next month.

By FM Mike Klein

Kamsky Edges Shulman; Zatonskih, Abrahamyan Draw

Tatev Abrahamyan and Anna Zatonskih agreed to a draw in the first game of the U.S. Women's Championship Finals.

By FM Mike Klein

At the 2011 U.S. Championship, the defending champion took a large step Tuesday toward repeating his title. GM Gata Kamsky unearthed a win from seemingly infertile ground against GM Yury Shulman in the first game of their two-game title match. Shulman will take White tomorrow and has to win to extend the match into a Thursday playoff.

U.S. Championship, U.S. Women's Championship Finals Set

GM Yury Shulman, right, outlasted the charging 19-year-old GM Robert Hess to advance to the finals against GM Gata Kamsky.

By FM Mike Klein

Kamsky Advances, Others Need Tiebreak

Tatev Abrahamyan scored a victory in a must-win game today to force a playoff for the finals.

By FM Mike Klein

Women’s Games Decisive, Men Decide Nothing

WGM Camilla Baginskaite can secure her place in the finals of the U.S. Women's Championship with a win or draw over Tatev Abrahamyan.

By FM Mike Klein

Zatonskih, Shankland Survive Playoffs to Advance

 

GM-elect Sam Shankland outlasted and outplayed GM Alexander Onischuk in a playoff for the last spot in the Quad Finals.

By FM Mike Klein

Semifinals Still Murky, Tiebreaks Await

 

GM Yury Shulman agreed to an early draw against GM Gata Kamsky to secure his spot in the Quad Finals.

By FM Mike Klein

Hess and Krush Ride Winning Streaks to Qualification

IM Anna Zatonskih, right, kept hope alive with a round six victory over IM Rusudan Goletiani.

By FM Mike Klein

Desperate Push for Qualification Continues

IM Daniel Naroditsky, right, scored a big upset in round 5 against GM Ray Robson.

By FM Mike Klein

Round five of the U.S. Championship produced the most fighting chess so far at the 2011 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship. Players of the Black pieces won an astounding six games, and half of the games went into the sixth hour. Three-fourths of the games ended with a winner, and even the defending champion could not get an easy day off.

Youth Movement Continues at U.S. Championships

IM Anna Zatonskih suffered a pivotal loss against reigning champion IM Irina Krush in round four.

By FM Mike Klein

Past the halfway point at the 2011 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship, the students are schooling the veterans. After four rounds at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, most of the leaders could not tell you what life was like in the 1980s.

Field Thins Out in Round Three

GM Alexander Ivanov, 54, defeated 15-year-old Daniel Naroditsky in round three.

By FM Mike Klein

With players beginning to eye a spot in the semifinals, two-thirds of the games produced winners in round three of the 2011 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship. The tournaments are being held concurrently from April 14-28 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Only Two Remain Perfect After Round Two

Sabina Foisor defeated Alisa Melekhina in round two to maintain a perfect score at the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship.

By FM Mike Klein

Foisor upsets Krush; Onischuk and Christiansen win

Defending Champion Irina Krush hit a speed bump in the quest to defend her title with a first-round loss to WGM Sabina Foisor.

By FM Mike Klein

Pairings set for 2011 U.S. Championships

Eight women will compete for the title of 2011 U.S. Women's Champion.

By FM Mike Klein

The chess elite mixed with local dignitaries Thursday night at the Missouri History Museum to commence the 2011 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship. The 24-player field also conducted some business – drawing lots to decide the colors and pairings of their games over the next fortnight.

Two spots remain for 2011 U.S. Championship, Women’s field set

GM Gata Kamsky, center, hopes to repeat as U.S. Champion one month before his Candidates Match in May.

SAINT LOUIS, February 15, 2011 -- All but two spots have been confirmed for the 2011 U.S. Championship, scheduled to be held concurrently with the U.S. Women’s Championship in Saint Louis April 13-28, and two significant surprises have helped shape a dynamic field that will compete for more than $166,000 in prizes.

Dates set for 2011 U.S. Chess Championships

SAINT LOUIS, November 30, 2010 – The 2011 U.S. Championship and 2011 U.S. Women’s Championship have been set to take place April 13-28 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).

These two prestigious events will be held concurrently, and each will feature the largest per capita prize fund in history. More than $230,000 will be at stake in both events.

U.S. Championships return to Saint Louis in 2011

SAINT LOUIS, October 13, 2010 – The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) has been selected to host the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women’s Championship for the third year in a row. These two prestigious events will be held concurrently in Spring 2011 and will feature the largest per capita prize funds in history.

A prize fund of at least $170,000 is guaranteed for the 2011 U.S. Championship, and $60,000 for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Championship.

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