Five Out of Six Games Ended Decisively in the First Round of the U.S. Men's Championship

Время публикации: 09.05.2012 16:07 | Последнее обновление: 30.08.2012 13:39

Five out of six games ended decisively in the first round of the U.S. Men's Championship that started in Saint Louis. After the wins by Alexander Onischuk over Alexander Stripunsky (who badly blundered) and Hikaru Nakamura over Robert Hess in the Evans Gambit, there were wins by Gata Kamsky, who methodically outplayed Alejandro Ramirez, Aleksandr Lenderman, who overcame a controversial interpretation of the Grunfeld Defence by Ray Robson, and Varuzhan Akobian, who won a pawn on the move 21 and made a veteran Yasser Seirawan suffer in the endgame. This means that five competitors of the men's tournament continue the hopeless race for the Fischer bonus ($64,000 is to be awarded only for the 11 out of 11 result).

Yury Shulman, in the better endgame, couldn't break down a stubborn defence by Gregory Kaidanov in the only drawn game of the day.

SHULMAN - KAIDANOV

If, instead of 40...c3, Black played 40...Qc7! 41.Qf4 Qf7 42.Qxc4 (it's important that White takes the pawn precisely on the c4 square: the queen doesn't guard her e5 pawn from there) 42...Qf5!, he, very likely, wouldn't have had any problems reaching a draw. As it happened, the game continued until the move 84.

Three out of five games ended decisively in the Women's Championship: the victors were Anna Zatonskih, Irina Krush and Rusudan Goletiani.

[Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Akobian, V."] [Black "Seirawan, Y."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D37"] [WhiteElo "2625"] [BlackElo "2643"] [PlyCount "111"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. Bf4 dxc4 6. e3 Nd5 7. Bxc4 Nxf4 8. exf4 Bd6 9. g3 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. Re1 Bb7 12. d5 exd5 13. Bxd5 Bxd5 14. Qxd5 Nf6 15. Qc6 Qd7 16. Qxd7 Nxd7 17. Nb5 Nf6 18. Rac1 Rfc8 19. Rc6 Kf8 20. Rec1 Rd8 21. Nxc7 Rab8 22. a3 a5 23. Kg2 Ne4 24. R1c4 Nc5 25. b4 axb4 26. axb4 Bxc7 27. Rxc7 Ne6 28. Ra7 Ra8 29. Rxa8 Rxa8 30. Rc6 Rb8 31. Ng5 Nd8 32. Rc7 h6 33. Nf3 Rb7 34. Rc8 Ke7 35. Ne5 Ne6 36. b5 Nc7 37. Nc6+ Kd6 38. Rd8+ Kc5 39. Rd7 Kxb5 40. Nd8 Ra7 41. Rxf7 g6 42. g4 Ra8 43. Rxc7 Rxd8 44. Rh7 h5 45. f5 hxg4 46. fxg6 Rg8 47. Rh6 Kc4 48. Kg3 b5 49. Kxg4 b4 50. Kg5 b3 51. Rh4+ Kc5 52. Re4 b2 53. Re1 Rb8 54. Rb1 Kd6 55. g7 Ke7 56. Rxb2 1-0 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Shulman, Y."] [Black "Kaidanov, G."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2571"] [BlackElo "2594"] [PlyCount "167"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d5 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Bd3 c5 9. h4 g6 10. h5 cxd4 11. Qc2 Nc5 12. hxg6 Nxd3+ 13. Qxd3 fxg6 14. Nxd4 Nc6 15. Nxc6 bxc6 16. Qh3 Rf7 17. Nf3 dxc4 18. O-O Qd3 19. Be3 c5 20. Rac1 Qf5 21. Qg3 Rb8 22. Rxc4 Ba6 23. Rf4 Qd3 24. Rc1 Rxf4 25. Qxf4 Rxb2 26. Qa4 Qb5 27. Qg4 Qb6 28. Ng5 Rb1 29. Qf4 Bxg5 30. Qxg5 Bc4 31. Kh2 Rxc1 32. Bxc1 Qc7 33. Qf6 Qf7 34. Qh4 Bb5 35. Bh6 c4 36. Qd8+ Be8 37. f3 Qd7 38. Qf6 Qf7 39. Qd8 Qd7 40. Qh4 c3 41. Qb4 Qf7 42. Qxc3 Qe7 43. Qc4 Bd7 44. Qe4 Bc6 45. Qf4 a5 46. Kg3 Be8 47. Qe3 a4 48. Kh3 Bd7 49. g4 Be8 50. Kg3 Bd7 51. Bg5 Qf7 52. Qc1 Be8 53. Qc5 Qf8 54. Qc8 Qf7 55. Qc4 Kg7 56. Qc1 Kg8 57. Qd2 Qf8 58. Qe3 Qf7 59. Bh6 Qe7 60. Qc3 Kf7 61. Qd2 Kg8 62. Qc1 Bd7 63. Qc7 Kf7 64. Bg5 Qe8 65. Qd6 Kg8 66. Bh6 Kf7 67. Bg5 Kg8 68. Qd4 Kf7 69. Bh6 Qe7 70. Bg5 Qe8 71. Bd2 Kg8 72. Qd6 Kf7 73. Qd4 Kg8 74. Bh6 Qe7 75. Qe3 Be8 76. Bg5 Qf7 77. Qb6 Kg7 78. Bf6+ Kg8 79. Qb4 Qf8 80. Qb8 Qf7 81. Bg5 Qd7 82. Bh6 Qe7 83. Bg5 Qd7 84. Bh6 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Stripunsky, A."] [Black "Onischuk, Al"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B11"] [WhiteElo "2562"] [BlackElo "2660"] [PlyCount "21"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e6 6. g3 Nd7 7. Qe2 d4 8. Nb1 h5 9. h4 g5 10. hxg5 Qxg5 11. d3 0-1 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Lenderman, A."] [Black "Robson, R."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D97"] [WhiteElo "2587"] [BlackElo "2614"] [PlyCount "127"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. e5 b5 9. Qb3 Nfd7 10. Be2 c5 11. e6 cxd4 12. exf7+ Kh8 13. Ne4 Ne5 14. Nxe5 Bxe5 15. h4 Bb7 16. h5 Bxe4 17. Bf3 Bf5 18. g4 Nd7 19. gxf5 gxf5 20. Bh6 Bg7 21. Bxg7+ Kxg7 22. Rg1+ Kf6 23. Bxa8 Qxa8 24. Qg3 Qe4+ 25. Kf1 Ne5 26. Re1 Qd3+ 27. Qxd3 Nxd3 28. Rd1 Nxb2 29. Rxd4 Rxf7 30. h6 Nc4 31. Rd8 Ne5 32. Ra8 Ng4 33. Rxa6+ e6 34. Kg2 Nxh6 35. Re1 Rg7+ 36. Kh3 Re7 37. Re2 Ng4 38. Rb6 Ne5 39. Rxb5 Nf3 40. Re3 Ng5+ 41. Kg2 Ra7 42. a3 h5 43. Rb4 Rc7 44. a4 Rc2 45. Ra3 Ne4 46. a5 Nxf2 47. Kg1 Ng4 48. a6 Rc1+ 49. Kg2 Rc2+ 50. Kf1 Rc1+ 51. Ke2 Rc2+ 52. Ke1 Rc1+ 53. Kd2 Rc8 54. a7 Ra8 55. Rb8 Rxa7 56. Rxa7 Kg5 57. Rh8 e5 58. Rg7+ Kh4 59. Rgh7 Nf6 60. Rh6 Ne4+ 61. Ke3 Ng3 62. Kf3 f4 63. Rg6 Nf5 64. Rg4+ 1-0 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Kamsky, G."] [Black "Ramirez, Alej"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B42"] [WhiteElo "2741"] [BlackElo "2593"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O e5 7. Nb3 Nc6 8. Nc3 d6 9. Nd5 Be7 10. c4 Be6 11. Be3 Nd7 12. Qd2 O-O 13. Rad1 Nc5 14. Bb1 Rc8 15. Nc1 Re8 16. Nxe7+ Rxe7 17. b3 Rd7 18. Ne2 b5 19. cxb5 axb5 20. h3 b4 21. f4 exf4 22. Nxf4 Qh4 23. Nd5 Nxe4 24. Bxe4 Qxe4 25. Nb6 Rdd8 26. Nxc8 Rxc8 27. Rf4 Qe5 28. Kh1 h6 29. Rf3 d5 30. Re1 Qh5 31. Rg3 Ne7 32. Bd4 Nf5 33. Rg4 Nxd4 34. Rxd4 Qg6 35. Rc1 Re8 36. Kh2 Qh5 37. Re1 Rc8 38. Rxb4 Bf5 39. g4 1-0 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Nakamura, Hi"] [Black "Hess, Ro"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C51"] [WhiteElo "2775"] [BlackElo "2635"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bd6 6. d4 Qe7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. Re1 Ba3 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Ne8 12. f4 Bxc1 13. Rxc1 d6 14. exd6 cxd6 15. Nf3 Bg4 16. h3 Rc8 17. Bb3 Bxf3 18. Qxf3 Rc5 19. Re3 Nc7 20. e5 dxe5 21. Qxb7 a5 22. Qe4 Ne6 23. fxe5 Re8 24. Rd1 Qc7 25. Rdd3 h6 26. Bd5 Qb6 27. c4 Qb1+ 28. Kh2 Qxa2 29. Bxe6 fxe6 30. Rd7 Kh8 31. Rxg7 Kxg7 32. Rg3+ Kf8 33. Qh7 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Ni, V."] [Black "Abrahamyan, T."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A57"] [WhiteElo "2228"] [BlackElo "2329"] [PlyCount "136"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nf3 bxc4 5. Nc3 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bxc4 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. h3 Ba6 10. Qe2 Bxc4 11. Qxc4 Nbd7 12. Re1 Rb8 13. Rb1 Ne8 14. Bg5 Rb4 15. Qe2 Nc7 16. Bd2 Qb8 17. Nd1 Rb7 18. Bc3 Nf6 19. a4 Nd7 20. Ra1 e6 21. Ne3 Bxc3 22. bxc3 exd5 23. exd5 Nf6 24. Qd3 Qa8 25. Rad1 Rb6 26. Qc4 Qd8 27. Ng4 Nxg4 28. hxg4 Re8 29. Qf4 Rxe1+ 30. Nxe1 Qd7 31. Nf3 Ra6 32. Ng5 Rxa4 33. Ne4 Ne8 34. Re1 Kg7 35. g5 Qf5 36. Qxf5 gxf5 37. Nxc5 Rc4 38. Nb3 Nc7 39. Nd4 Kg6 40. Nf3 Rxc3 41. Ra1 a6 42. Rb1 Nxd5 43. Rd1 Rc5 44. Rd4 f6 45. gxf6 Kxf6 46. Rh4 Kg6 47. Rd4 f4 48. Nd2 Kf5 49. Nf3 h6 50. Kh2 Ke6 51. Kh3 Rc1 52. Kg4 Ra1 53. Kh5 Rh1+ 54. Kg6 a5 55. Ra4 Ne7+ 56. Kh7 Rh5 57. Rxf4 Kd7 58. g4 Rh1 59. Rf8 Nc6 60. Rf7+ Ke6 61. Rb7 a4 62. Rb6 a3 63. Ra6 Ne5 64. Nxe5 Kxe5 65. Rxa3 d5 66. Ra8 d4 67. Rd8 Ke4 68. f4 Kxf4 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Zenyuk, I."] [Black "Melekhina, A."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D34"] [WhiteElo "2224"] [BlackElo "2242"] [PlyCount "133"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Bg5 d4 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Ne4 Qe7 13. Nxc5 Qxc5 14. Rc1 Qb6 15. Qd2 Be6 16. b3 h6 17. Rfd1 Rfd8 18. Ne1 Bd5 19. Nd3 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 a5 21. Rc4 Re8 22. h4 Re7 23. Qb2 Rae8 24. Rd2 Qd8 25. Kg1 Qc8 26. b4 Qe6 27. Rcc2 axb4 28. Nxb4 Ne5 29. Qxd4 Rd7 30. Qc3 Rxd2 31. Qxd2 Qh3 32. Qd5 Qg4 33. Nd3 Nxd3 34. Qxd3 Rc8 35. Rxc8+ Qxc8 36. Qd5 g6 37. e4 h5 38. e5 Kg7 39. a4 Qc1+ 40. Kg2 Qc8 41. Kh2 Kg8 42. Qe4 Kg7 43. Qd4 Kg8 44. Kg2 Qc6+ 45. Kf1 Qc1+ 46. Ke2 Qc2+ 47. Kf3 Qc6+ 48. Qe4 Qe6 49. Kg2 b6 50. Qd4 Qc6+ 51. Kf1 Kh7 52. Ke2 Qc2+ 53. Ke3 Qc1+ 54. Ke4 Qh1+ 55. Ke3 Qe1+ 56. Kf3 Qh1+ 57. Ke2 Qc6 58. Kd3 Qc1 59. Qf4 Qa3+ 60. Ke2 Qb3 61. Kf1 Qd5 62. Kg1 Kg8 63. Kh2 Kh7 64. Qb4 Qc6 65. Qb5 Qe6 66. Qa6 Kg7 67. Qb5 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Krush, I."] [Black "Foisor, S."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B14"] [WhiteElo "2457"] [BlackElo "2364"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. c4 c6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Qb3 Bg7 7. cxd5 Nbd7 8. a4 a5 9. Nge2 Nb6 10. Nf4 O-O 11. Be2 Bf5 12. O-O Qd6 13. Nb5 Qd7 14. d6 exd6 15. Nc3 Qd8 16. Bf3 Rb8 17. h3 Re8 18. Bd2 Nbd7 19. Rfe1 Qb6 20. Qxb6 Nxb6 21. Nb5 Nc4 22. Bc3 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Bc2 24. Be2 Rc8 25. Bxc4 Rxc4 26. Na3 Rxc3 27. bxc3 Bxa4 28. Nc4 Bh6 29. g3 g5 30. Ne2 Ne4 31. f3 Bb5 32. Nxa5 Nd2 33. Kf2 b6 34. Rd1 g4 35. Nf4 Bxf4 36. gxf4 Nxf3 37. Nb7 h5 38. Nxd6 Bc6 39. hxg4 hxg4 40. Kg3 Bd7 41. Nc4 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Goletiani, R."] [Black "Baginskaite, C."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A13"] [WhiteElo "2333"] [BlackElo "2358"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nbd7 6. Qxc4 c5 7. O-O b6 8. d4 Bb7 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Nc3 Rc8 11. Qd3 O-O 12. a3 Be7 13. Bf4 Nc5 14. Qc2 Nd5 15. Rad1 Qe8 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. Nd4 Nb3 18. Qb1 Nxd4 19. Rxd4 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Bc5 21. Rc4 b5 22. Rc2 e5 23. Bd2 Qe6 24. Rfc1 Bd4 25. e3 Bb6 26. Rxc8 Rxc8 27. Rxc8+ Qxc8 28. Qe4 Qe8 29. Bc3 f6 30. f4 Bc7 31. h3 g6 32. g4 Kf7 33. Qb7 Qe7 34. Bb4 Qd7 35. Ba5 exf4 36. Qxc7 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Zatonskih, A."] [Black "Kats, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2510"] [BlackElo "2137"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. Bf4 Bxf4 9. gxf4 Re8 10. Nbd2 Nh5 11. e3 Nf8 12. Kh1 Qf6 13. Ne5 Qh6 14. Bf3 f5 15. Rg1 Nf6 16. Rg2 Ng6 17. Nxg6 hxg6 18. Rag1 Kf7 19. Be2 Rh8 20. Nf3 Bd7 21. Rxg6 Qh7 22. R1g2 Rag8 23. Ne5+ Ke8 24. Qb3 Bc8 25. Qa3 Ne4 26. Qxa7 Qh4 27. Qa8 Qd8 28. Bd3 Rh7 29. cxd5 exd5 30. f3 Rgh8 31. fxe4 fxe4 32. Bf1 Kf8 33. R6g5 1-0 


  


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