The U.S. Championship: The Race for Fischer's Shadow is Over. Nakamura is Dissatisfied, Kamsky Experiments. Zatonskih Stays Perfect

Время публикации: 10.05.2012 22:53 | Последнее обновление: 15.12.2012 18:00

None of the players, who gained victories in the 1st round of the 2012 U.S. Championship, managed to repeat success in the 2nd round. That means nobody will be awarded "$64K Fischer Prize", which was instituted in honor of Robert Fischer's perfect 11-0 result at 1963-64 U.S. Championship. 

The victories were gained by Robert Hess, who outplayed a repeated U.S. Champion Yasser Seirawan, and Gregory Kaidanov, he took an upper hand on Alexander Stripunsky, who surprised the chess world with his rare blunder in the 1st round. Five players lead with 1.5 points out of 2. Seirawan and Stripunsky, they've lost both of the starting games, close the table.

The rating favourite Hikaru Nakamura, on his Twitter page, expressed his extreme dissatisfaction with the fact that he didn't manage to convert an extra exchange in the game against Alejandro Ramirez. 

RAMIREZ - NAKAMURA

Indeed, if Black has played 35...Kh7 and after 36.Qc8, for example, 36...Qe7 (there also are other possibilities), it would have all chances for gaining victory. Instead, Nakamura ran with his king to the center - 35...Kf7?!, and after several moves he was already forced to accept the draw.

The 2nd ranked player of the country Gata Kamsky drew against Ray Robson; Kamsky applied a very rare for the players of his level move 2...b6 after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3.

ROBSON - KAMSKY

From the known players this continuation is persistently played by the French Christian Bauer. The database has about a dozen of this sort of games played by Nana Alexandria. This continuation occasionally took place in the games of Nona Gaprindashvili, Maia Chiburdanidze and Alexander Khalifman.

Gata solved opening problems and during the game could even claim for more (by playing 22...Nxe4!) than just a draw after repetition.

In the Women's championship one of the main favourites Irina Krush failed to outplay Alisa Melekhina, while another favourite Anna Zatonskih gained second win after defeating Kamile Baginskaite. Zatonskih is the only participant being perfect after two rounds of the both championships. 

[Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Ramirez, Alejandro"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2593"] [BlackElo "2775"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. Nc3 Bd7 10. h3 Re8 11. Kh2 Qc8 12. Re1 e5 13. d5 Na5 14. e4 c6 15. b3 cxd5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. Qxd5 Nc6 18. Ng5 Nd8 19. Rd1 Bc6 20. Qc4 h6 21. Nf3 b5 22. Qe2 Qb7 23. Re1 Ne6 24. Bb2 Nd4 25. Nxd4 exd4 26. Rad1 Rad8 27. Rd2 f5 28. Qd1 Re7 29. Bxd4 Red7 30. Be3 Bc3 31. Rxd7 Rxd7 32. Qc1 Bxe1 33. Qxe1 Bxe4 34. Bxe4 Qxe4 35. Qc1 Kf7 36. Bxh6 Qf3 37. Qc5 Ke6 38. Be3 a6 39. Qc8 Qd5 40. Qg8+ Kf6 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Seirawan, Yasser"] [Black "Hess, Robert L"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E32"] [WhiteElo "2643"] [BlackElo "2635"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8. f3 c5 9. dxc5 bxc5 10. e3 d6 11. O-O-O a5 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Ne2 Ra6 14. Nf4 Nd7 15. Nh5 Kh8 16. Be2 Rg8 17. g4 a4 18. Rd2 Rxg4 19. fxg4 Bxh1 20. g5 Be4 21. Bd3 Bxd3 22. Rxd3 e5 23. gxf6 Qg8 24. Qd2 Nb6 25. Qe2 Nd7 26. Qf3 Rb6 27. e4 Qg1+ 28. Rd1 Qxh2 29. Rd2 Qg1+ 30. Rd1 Qg5+ 31. Kc2 Rb3 32. Rd3 Rxd3 33. Kxd3 h6 34. Qf5 Nb6 35. Qxg5 hxg5 36. Ng3 Kh7 37. Nf5 Kg6 38. Nxd6 g4 39. Nb7 Nxc4 40. Nxc5 Nxb2+ 41. Ke2 Kxf6 42. Kf2 Kg6 43. Kg2 Kh5 44. Nd7 Nd3 45. Nb6 Nc5 46. Nc4 Nxe4 47. Nxe5 f5 0-1 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Akobian, Varuzhan"] [Black "Shulman, Yuri"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2625"] [BlackElo "2571"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Bd6 8. Bd3 c5 9. O-O O-O 10. cxd5 exd5 11. e4 cxd4 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 Bg4 14. h3 Bh5 15. g4 Bg6 16. Bxg6 hxg6 17. Rc1 Nd7 18. Rc4 Ne5 19. Rxd4 Bc5 20. Re4 Nxf3+ 21. Qxf3 Qxd5 22. Be3 Rae8 23. Bxc5 Qxe4 24. Qxe4 Rxe4 25. Bxf8 Kxf8 26. Rc1 Rb4 27. Rc7 a5 28. Kg2 b5 29. Rb7 a4 30. bxa4 Rxa4 31. Rxb5 Rxa2 32. Rb8+ Ke7 33. Rg8 Kf6 34. h4 g5 35. hxg5+ Kg6 36. Kg3 Ra3+ 37. f3 Rb3 38. Rf8 Ra3 39. Kf2 Ra2+ 40. Ke3 Ra3+ 41. Kf4 Ra4+ 42. Kg3 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Kaidanov, Gregory S"] [Black "Stripunsky, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D43"] [WhiteElo "2594"] [BlackElo "2562"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Bg2 dxc4 7. O-O Bb4 8. Qc2 Qe7 9. e4 e5 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 Qxe5 12. Bf4 Qa5 13. Bd2 O-O 14. a3 Bd6 15. Nd5 Qd8 16. Ne3 b5 17. Rad1 Qe7 18. e5 Bxe5 19. Bxc6 Rb8 20. Bb4 Qc7 21. Bg2 Rd8 22. Rxd8+ Qxd8 23. Rd1 Qe8 24. Re1 Be6 25. Nf5 Bc7 26. Bc6 Qd8 27. Rd1 Qxd1+ 28. Qxd1 Bxf5 29. Qd4 Rd8 30. Qxa7 Bh3 31. Bf3 Be5 32. Be7 Re8 33. Bc6 Rc8 34. Bb7 Re8 35. Bc6 Rc8 36. Bxb5 Bxb2 37. Ba6 c3 38. Bxc8 c2 39. Qc7 c1=Q+ 40. Qxc1 Bxc1 41. Bxh3 Nd5 42. Bc5 Bd2 43. Bg2 Nc3 44. Bc6 f5 45. a4 Kf7 46. Kf1 Nb1 47. Bb6 Ke6 48. a5 Kd6 49. Bb7 Bb4 50. a6 Nd2+ 51. Ke2 Nc4 52. Bd4 Kc7 53. Bd5 1-0 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Onischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Lenderman, Aleksandr"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2660"] [BlackElo "2587"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 c5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Qb3 O-O 10. dxc5 Bxc3+ 11. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 12. bxc3 Nd7 13. Rd1 Nxc5 14. Rxd5 b6 15. c4 Be6 16. Rd4 Rfc8 17. g4 Rc7 18. g5 hxg5 19. Nxg5 Bf5 20. Bg2 Rac8 21. O-O Ne6 22. Nxe6 fxe6 23. Rc1 b5 24. Bf1 e5 25. Rd6 Rc5 26. e4 Bxe4 27. Re1 Bf3 28. cxb5 e4 29. h4 Rh5 30. Kh2 Rxh4+ 31. Bh3 Rh5 32. Rd5 Rxd5 33. Be6+ Kf8 34. Bxd5 Rc5 35. Bc6 Rc2 36. Kg3 Rxa2 37. Bxe4 Re2 38. Rxe2 Bxe2 39. Bc6 g5 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Robson, Ray"] [Black "Kamsky, Gata"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B27"] [WhiteElo "2614"] [BlackElo "2741"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 b6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bb7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. f3 e6 8. Qd2 Bb4 9. O-O-O O-O 10. a3 Bxc3 11. Qxc3 Rc8 12. Qe1 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Qc7 14. Bd3 e5 15. Bc3 Rfe8 16. Qh4 a5 17. Rhe1 d6 18. Re3 b5 19. f4 b4 20. axb4 axb4 21. Bxb4 Qb6 22. Rg3 Qxb4 23. Qxf6 g6 24. f5 Ra8 25. Kb1 Qa4 26. Kc1 Qb4 27. Kb1 Qa4 28. Kc1 Qb4 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Baginskaite, Camilla"] [Black "Zatonskih, Anna"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E41"] [WhiteElo "2358"] [BlackElo "2510"] [PlyCount "76"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. O-O e5 9. Nd2 O-O 10. Ne4 Qe7 11. Nxf6+ Qxf6 12. f4 exd4 13. cxd4 cxd4 14. Bb2 Re8 15. exd4 Bf5 16. Bxf5 Qxf5 17. d5 Nb4 18. Rf3 f6 19. Qd2 Na6 20. Re1 Re4 21. Rxe4 Qxe4 22. Re3 Qxc4 23. Re7 Rf8 24. Rxb7 Nc5 25. Rxa7 Nd3 26. Ra3 Nxf4 27. g3 Nh3+ 28. Kg2 Ng5 29. Re3 Qxa2 30. Bc3 Qa4 31. Qd4 Qd7 32. g4 Ra8 33. h4 Ra4 34. Bb4 Nf7 35. Kg3 Ne5 36. Re4 Ra8 37. Qb6 Qa4 38. Bxd6 Qxe4 0-1 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Abrahamyan, Tatev"] [Black "Kats, Alena"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2329"] [BlackElo "2137"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. O-O-O b5 10. f4 Qc8 11. f5 Bxb3 12. axb3 Rb8 13. Bd3 Qc6 14. Kb1 b4 15. Nd5 Nxd5 16. exd5 Qxd5 17. Qe2 Qa5 18. Bc4 Be7 19. g4 Nb6 20. Bxb6 Qxb6 21. g5 Bd8 22. Qh5 Rb7 23. g6 f6 24. gxh7+ Kf8 25. Rd2 Re7 26. Rhd1 Bc7 27. Be6 a5 28. Rg2 d5 29. Rxd5 Rxe6 30. fxe6 Qxe6 31. Rgd2 a4 32. Rd8+ Bxd8 33. Rxd8+ Ke7 34. Rxh8 Kd7 35. Qe8+ 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Ni, Viktorija"] [Black "Zenyuk, Iryna"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A57"] [WhiteElo "2228"] [BlackElo "2224"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6 Qxb6 6. Nc3 d6 7. e4 g6 8. Nf3 Bg4 9. Qa4+ Bd7 10. Qc2 Bg7 11. a4 O-O 12. a5 Qc7 13. Nd2 Ra7 14. Be2 e6 15. O-O exd5 16. exd5 Bf5 17. Qa4 Rb7 18. Qf4 Re8 19. Nc4 Ne4 20. Bf3 Nxc3 21. bxc3 Rd8 22. Bd2 Bd3 23. Rfe1 Bxc4 24. Qxc4 Rb5 25. Qh4 Rxa5 26. Rxa5 Qxa5 27. c4 Qb6 28. Bg4 f5 29. Bd1 Nd7 30. Re7 Nf6 31. Bc3 Rf8 32. g4 Qb1 33. Re1 Qd3 34. Bb2 Qd2 0-1 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Melekhina, Alisa"] [Black "Krush, Irina"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B52"] [WhiteElo "2242"] [BlackElo "2457"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O Nc6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6 8. Re1 g6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Nd2 Bg7 11. Nf3 d5 12. exd5 cxd5 13. Bf4 O-O 14. Be5 Qb7 15. Qd3 Rac8 16. Rad1 a6 17. b3 Qb5 18. Re2 Qxd3 19. Rxd3 e6 20. Rd4 Rc6 21. c4 Rfc8 22. Nd2 h5 23. g3 a5 24. Rd3 dxc4 25. bxc4 a4 26. Kg2 Ne8 27. Bxg7 Kxg7 28. Rd7 R8c7 29. Rxc7 Rxc7 30. Re3 Nd6 31. Ra3 Ra7 32. Rd3 Ra6 33. c5 Nb7 34. Ne4 Rc6 35. Rd4 a3 36. Ra4 f5 37. Ra7 fxe4 38. Rxb7+ Kf6 39. Ra7 Rxc5 40. Rxa3 Rc2 41. h4 Kf5 42. Ra5+ e5 43. Ra3 Rb2 44. Kf1 Rc2 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA w 2012"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2012.05.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Foisor, Sabina-Francesca"] [Black "Goletiani, Rusudan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E47"] [WhiteElo "2364"] [BlackElo "2333"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2012.05.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 c5 6. Nge2 d5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 cxd4 9. exd4 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Bd6 11. f4 a6 12. Ba2 b5 13. Bd2 Bc7 14. Be3 Ne7 15. Bb1 Bb7 16. Bf2 Ned5 17. Bh4 Nxc3 18. bxc3 Qd5 19. Rf3 Ne4 20. Qd3 Bb6 21. Ba2 Qd7 22. Rd1 Rac8 23. Kh1 Ba5 24. Be1 Qd6 25. c4 bxc4 26. Bxc4 Bxe1 27. Rxe1 Nf6 28. Rg3 Ne4 29. Rf3 Rxc4 30. Qxc4 Nd2 31. Qd3 Nxf3 32. gxf3 Rc8 33. Kg2 a5 34. Qb5 Bd5 35. Qxa5 g6 36. Qb4 Qa6 37. Nc3 Ba8 38. Re3 Rc4 39. Qb8+ Rc8 40. Qb4 Kg7 41. a4 Rc4 42. Qb2 Qd6 43. Ne2 Bd5 44. a5 Ra4 45. Qb5 Ra2 46. Kg3 g5 47. Qb6 gxf4+ 48. Nxf4 Qe7 49. h4 Qb7 50. Nh5+ Kh6 51. Qd8 Rg2+ 52. Kxg2 Qb2+ 53. Kg3 1-0 


  


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