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

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.

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

The reigning U.S. Champion, GM Gata Kamsky, scored his first victory in round 4. Image Credit Lennart Ootes.

By Brian Jerauld

Did someone just wake a sleeping bear?

Four-time U.S. Champion Gata Kamsky, seemingly idle with three ho-hum draws through the first three rounds, suddenly sprang to life on Sunday afternoon and made his mother proud. The reigning king rang the bell in the fourth round, waking up a 2014 U.S. Championship that had seen just four decisions across 18 games. Kamsky’s solid win with white over Sergey Erenberg set a rousing theme to Sunday, with four of the day’s six fighting games finishing with full points.

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

GM Aleksandr Lenderman finds himself atop the leaderboard after three rounds at the U.S. Championship. Image Credit: Lennart Ootes.

By Brian Jerauld

SAINT LOUIS (May 11, 2014) -- Full-point victories: A dime a dozen for the ladies; but hard to come by for the men.

After ten draws and only two wins since the tournament’s start, 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, and Timur Gareev trails with 2/3 after adding a win over Daniel Naroditsky to a pair of draws.

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

Irina Krush and Sabina Foisor each remained perfect after two rounds of play to lead the field. Image Credits: Lennart Ootes.

By Brian Jerauld 

SAINT LOUIS (May 9, 2014) -- In the 1964 U.S. Chess Championship, a 20-year-old Bobby Fischer rolled over the nation in jaw-dropping fashion, showcasing his dominance over the field with a perfect 11-0 score. In 2014, that monumental record celebrates its 50th anniversary having never been repeated - though not without a lack of effort by Rex Sinquefield.

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


SAINT LOUIS (May 9, 2014) -- Lights! Camera! Quick-draw??

Eyes rolled on the first day of the 2014 U.S. Championship when the marquee matchup -- a fireworks-filled kickoff between top-seeds Timur Gareev and Gata Kamsky -- finished after 14 moves and only 40 minutes in a draw-by-repetition, starting a trend of half-points through an anti-climactic first round.

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Pairings Set for Round 1 of U.S. Championships

GM Irina Krush, the reigning U.S. Women's Champion, is interviewed by a local news crew.

By Brian Jerauld

Grandmasters Gata Kamsky and Irina Krush: Please return your crowns.

Time expired on both champions’ reign over the nation Wednesday night in St. Louis, with the opening ceremonies of the 2014 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship ringing the bell for a new round of challengers to the national title.

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2014 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship

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U.S. Senate Names Saint Louis “Chess Capital"

U.S. Senate passes resolution days before the start of the nation’s most prestigious tournaments SAINT LOUIS, May 6, 2014 – On the eve of hosting the most prestigious chess tournaments in the nation, St. Louis received national recognition from the United States Senate, which passed an official resolution late Monday night naming St. Louis the National Chess Capital.

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On Chess: The Kings Converge On Saint Louis

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This story was originally published on on April 30. 

By Brian Jerauld

In chess, conquering the center is a strategy nearly as old as the game itself.

It is a building block, a foundation, with centuries of theory backing the blueprint. American legend Bobby Fischer opened all but one of his myriad games by instantly striking into the center with 1. e4, famously referring to the first move as “best, by test.”

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Lecture with Sam Shankland: Sun., May 4



GM Sam Shankland has agreed to divulge all his secrets just days before he competes in the U.S. Championship!

Sam will present a special lecture at Lester's Restaurant tomorrow on Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. called Attacking a Color Complex.

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