GM Irina Krush is in clear first at the U.S. Women's Championship, leading by a half point through four rounds. Image Credit: Lennart Ootes
By Brian Jerauld
SAINT LOUIS (May 13, 2014) -- 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 - his fourth split in five rounds - while Varuzhan Akobian, Alejandro Ramirez and Daniel Naroditsky each gained traction in the standings by notching their first wins of the tournament. Afterward, nodding to the competitive 2014 field and expressing frustration with his current inability to win, Kamsky admitted: “Probably you’re going to see a new U.S. champion this year.”
In the U.S. Women’s competition, however, reigning champion Irina Krush reminded us: Probably not.