U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship 2019 round 3

U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship 2019 round 3

Az amerikai sakkbajnokság és az amerikai női sakkbajnokság már tizenegyedik alkalommal kerül megrendezésre a Saint Louis Chess Clubban március 20-tól április 1-ig.

US Ch: Xiong beats the champ

The main attraction of the third round was Jeffery Xiong’s win over defending champion Sam Shankland at the US Championships in Saint Louis. The 18-year-old not only claimed a big scalp but also got his name on top of the standings after a dream start. Hikaru Nakamura and Leinier Dominguez also won and are now a half point behind him, together with Wesley So. In the Women’s, Jennifer Yu took down Irina Krush to keep a perfect score. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Saint Louis Chess Club

 

22 March 2019, 22:57 GMT

LIVE CHESS RATING USA

# Name Classic +/− Rapid Blitz Age
2 Caruana 2811.5 −16.5 2813.0 2806.0 26
11 ↓1 So 2762.4 +0.4 2801.0 2744.0 25
16 Nakamura 2748.3 +2.3 2824.0 2934.0 31
18 ↑1 Dominguez Perez 2741.3 +2.3 2752.0 2743.0 35
32 ↓7 Shankland 2718.3 −12.7 2591.0 2660.0 27
56 ↑27 Xiong 2685.8 +22.8 unrat. unrat. 18
71 ↑10 Kamsky 2673.5 +7.5 2755.0 2670.0 44
73 ↓4 Salem 2672.0 0.0 2720.0 2660.0 26
80 ↓3 Robson 2668.9 +1.9 2605.0 2614 i 24
83 ↑17 Swiercz 2666.6 +11.6 2658 i 2583.0 24
94 ↑26 Sevian 2657.8 +15.8 2571 i unrat. 18

 

 

[Event “US-ch Open 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.1”]
[White “Akobian, Varuzhan”]
[Black “So, Wesley”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D85”]
[WhiteElo “2625”]
[BlackElo “2762”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “80”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Be3 c5 8. Rc1 Qa5 9.
Qd2 O-O 10. Nf3 Rd8 11. d5 e6 12. Bg5 {D85: Exchange Grünfeld: Unusual White
7th moves and lines with 7 Nf3} f6 13. Be3 Nc6 14. h4 (14. Bd3 Ne7 15. c4 Qxd2+
16. Bxd2 b6 17. O-O Ba6 18. Rfe1 Rac8 19. Bf1 exd5 20. exd5 {1-0 (46) Yu,Y
(2759)-Svidler,P (2753) Shenzhen 2018}) 14… exd5 15. exd5 Bg4 16. Be2 {
LiveBook: 4 Games} c4 17. Bxc4 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Ne5 $1 {[%csl LRc4,LRf3][%mdl 64]
[#] Double Attack} 19. Be2 Qxd5 20. Qxd5+ Rxd5 21. Rd1 $146 (21. Kf1 {keeps
more tension.} Rc8 22. c4 Rdd8 23. h5 f5 24. hxg6 hxg6 25. c5) 21… Rxd1+ 22.
Bxd1 Rc8 23. h5 f5 24. Bb3+ Kf8 25. Ke2 b6 26. hxg6 hxg6 27. Rh7 Re8 28. Bc1 {
[#] And now Ba3+ would win.} Nd7+ 29. Kd2 Nc5 30. Ba3 Re7 {Threatens to win
with …Bxc3+!} 31. Bxc5 bxc5 $11 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRB-KRB} 32. Kd3 Re1 33.
Rh4 Rf1 34. Ra4 Be5 35. Rxa7 Rc1 36. Kc4 Rxc3+ 37. Kd5 c4 38. Bxc4 Bh2 39. a4 {
[%cal Ba2a4,Ba4a5][%mdl 32]} Bg1 40. a5 Bxf2 {Accuracy: White = 65%, Black =
56%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “US-ch Open 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.2”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Sevian, Sam”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A28”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2642”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “97”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4
Bb4 5. d3 d6 6. a3 {A28: English Opening: Four Knights Variation} Bc5 {Black
wants to play …Ng4.} 7. b4 Bb6 8. Na4 {The position is equal.} Bg4 9. Be2 Nd7
10. Nxb6 axb6 11. Bb2 O-O 12. h3 $146 ({Predecessor:} 12. O-O Re8 13. Nd4 Nxd4
14. Bxg4 {1/2-1/2 (40) Pantsulaia,L (2585)-Korobov,A (2668) Kocaeli 2017})
12… Bxf3 13. Bxf3 Nd4 14. O-O Nxf3+ 15. Qxf3 Qg5 16. Rae1 Nb8 17. d4 Nc6 18.
dxe5 dxe5 19. Rd1 Rfd8 20. Rd5 $1 Rxd5 (20… Qe7 $14) 21. cxd5 Nd4 22. Bxd4
exd4 $16 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KQR-KQR} 23. Qd3 c5 24. dxc6 bxc6 25. Qxd4 c5 26.
Qd6 cxb4 ({Better is} 26… h6) 27. axb4 $40 {[%cal Ba3b4,Bb4b5][%mdl 160]
White attacks with force.} Qb5 28. Rc1 h6 29. Qc6 Qa6 30. b5 Qa5 31. Rd1 Rb8
32. Kh2 Qa2 (32… Qb4 $142 33. Rd5 Qe7) 33. Qc7 $18 Qa8 34. Rd7 Rf8 35. Qxb6
Qxe4 $2 {[#]} (35… Qb8+ 36. Rd6 Qxb6 37. Rxb6 Re8) 36. Qd6 Qe6 37. Qxe6 fxe6
{KR-KR} 38. b6 Kh7 39. b7 Kg6 40. Rc7 Rb8 41. Kg3 Kf5 42. Rxg7 Rd8 43. f3 e5
44. Rc7 {[#] White wants to mate with Rc8.} Rb8 45. Kf2 e4 46. fxe4+ Kxe4 47.
Kg3 Kf5 48. Kh4 Kg6 49. Rc6+ {Accuracy: White = 95%, Black = 27%.} 1-0

[Event “US-ch Open 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.3”]
[White “Shankland, Sam”]
[Black “Xiong, Jeffery”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C44”]
[WhiteElo “2731”]
[BlackElo “2663”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “82”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qf6 5. Nb3 Qg6 6. f3 {
C45: Scotch Game} Nf6 (6… Bd6 7. g4 h5 8. g5 f6 9. Nc3 fxg5 10. Rg1 g4 11. f4
Nge7 12. Be3 O-O 13. Qd2 {1-0 (27) Nepomniachtchi,I (2763)-Cheparinov,I (2709)
St Petersburg 2018}) 7. Bf4 Bb4+ 8. Kf2 $146 {Threatening Bd3.The position is
equal.} ({Predecessor:} 8. c3 Be7 9. Qd2 d6 10. c4 Nh5 11. Be3 Ne5 12. Nc3 Be6
13. Nb5 {0-1 (62) Tagelsir,A (2232)-Saeed,I (2434) Sharjah 2018}) 8… O-O 9.
a3 ({White should play} 9. Bd3 $11 Ne8 10. a3) 9… Be7 $15 10. Bd3 Nh5 $1 {
[%cal Rh5f4]} 11. Bxc7 ({White should try} 11. Be3 $15) 11… d6 $17 12. e5
Bh4+ $1 (12… Qg5 13. exd6 Bf6 14. Nc3 $16 (14. d7 Bxd7 15. Nc3 Rac8 $11)) 13.
Kf1 (13. g3 $6 Bxg3+ 14. hxg3 Qxg3+ 15. Ke3 Qxe5+ 16. Be4 Qg5+ 17. Kf2 Qg3+ 18.
Ke3 Qg5+ 19. Kf2 Qg3+ 20. Ke2 Nf4+ 21. Kd2 f5 $11) 13… Qh6 $1 14. exd6 (14.
Bxd6 $6 Re8 $14) 14… Re8 (14… Qe3 15. Qd2 $18) 15. Nc3 Ne5 (15… Qe3 $2
16. Qe2 $18) 16. Nc5 $2 (16. Bb5 $15 Bd7 17. Bxd7 Nxd7 18. g3) 16… Nxf3 $1
$19 (16… Qe3 17. N5e4 $11) 17. N3e4 Bg4 $2 (17… f5 $19 18. Qxf3 fxe4 19.
Bxe4 Nf6) 18. d7 $11 (18. gxf3 Bh3+ 19. Ke2 Nf4+ 20. Ke3 Ne6+ 21. Ng5 Qxg5+ 22.
Ke4 Qxc5 23. Rg1 Bf5#) 18… Re5 $40 {[%mdl 128] Black is up to no good.} 19.
Bxe5 Nxe5 20. Qd2 {Threatens to win with Qxh6.} Qc6 $1 {White must now prevent
…f5.} 21. h3 {[#]} (21. Qe3 $11) 21… Bxd7 (21… Bf5 $1 $17 22. Qe2 Qh6)
22. Nxd7 $15 Nxd7 23. Qc3 Qh6 {Hoping for …Re8.} 24. g4 $2 {[#]} ({Better is
} 24. g3 $15 Bxg3 25. Be2) 24… f5 $2 (24… Ng3+ 25. Nxg3 Qf4+ 26. Ke2 $16) (
24… Qf4+ $1 $19 25. Kg2 Ndf6 26. Nxf6+ gxf6 27. Bxh7+ Kxh7) 25. gxf5 $11 {
aiming for Rg1.} Re8 ({And not} 25… Qf4+ 26. Kg2 $16 (26. Kg1 Qe3+ 27. Kf1
Qf3+ 28. Kg1 Qe3+ 29. Kf1 Qf3+ 30. Kg1 Qe3+ $11)) 26. Qc4+ $2 (26. Rh2 $1 $11)
26… Kh8 $19 {And now …Ne5 would win.} 27. Rg1 $2 (27. Rh2 Ng3+ 28. Kg2 Nxe4
29. Bxe4) 27… Qe3 28. Rg2 Nf4 {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 29. Rh2 Nxh3 (29…
Bg3 $142 30. Nxg3 Qxg3 {[%mdl 64] Double Attack}) 30. Kg2 $2 (30. Nf2 Bxf2 31.
Qg4) 30… Nf4+ 31. Kh1 Qf3+ 32. Kg1 Qg4+ $2 (32… Bd8 33. Qd4 {[%mdl 64]
Double Attack} Ne5) 33. Kh1 Qf3+ $2 (33… Ne5 34. Qb5 (34. Be2 $2 Nxe2 35.
Qxe2 Nf3 $19) 34… Qf3+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 35. Kg1 Nc6) 34. Kg1 Bd8 35.
Rf1 Bb6+ 36. Nf2 Qg3+ 37. Kh1 {Strongly threatening Ne4.} Qf3+ 38. Kg1 Nh3+ $2
(38… Nf6 {( -> …Ng4)} 39. Qf7 Bxf2+ {[%mdl 64] Overworked Piece} 40. Rfxf2
Re1+ 41. Rf1 Qg3+ 42. Kh1 Nxd3 43. Qf8+ Ng8 44. Rxe1 Qxe1+ 45. Kg2 Qf2+ {
[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 46. Kh3 Nf4+ 47. Kg4 Qxh2) 39. Rxh3 Qxh3 40. Qf4 Nf6
41. Bb5 $2 (41. Qh2 $19 Qxh2+ {[%mdl 64] Overworked Piece} 42. Kxh2 Bxf2 43.
Rxf2 Ng4+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 44. Kg3 Nxf2 45. Kxf2) 41… Re4 {Accuracy:
White = 39%, Black = 55%.} 0-1

[Event “US-ch Open 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.4”]
[White “Liang, Awonder”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B22”]
[WhiteElo “2590”]
[BlackElo “2828”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “68”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 e6 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nb6 8.
Bd3 Nc6 9. O-O Nb4 10. Bg5 {B22: Sicilian: 2 c3} Be7 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. Nc3 {
White has an edge.} dxe5 13. dxe5 Nxd3 14. Qxd3 Bd7 (14… O-O 15. Qe4 Rb8 16.
Nb5 Bd7 17. Nxa7 Ra8 {0-1 (47) Boruchovsky,A (2531)-Naiditsch,A (2667)
Jerusalem 2016}) 15. Ne4 O-O $1 16. Nd4 Rad8 17. Rad1 $146 ({Predecessor:} 17.
Nd6 f6 {1/2-1/2 (27) Hayward,K (2142)-Tesic,Z ICCF email 2004}) 17… Bc6 18.
Nxc6 bxc6 19. Nd6 Nd5 20. Qc2 f6 21. Qxc6 fxe5 22. Ne4 Rc8 23. Qa4 Rb8 24. Nc3
(24. b3 $14) 24… Rxb2 (24… Nf4 $5 {[%cal Re7g5]} 25. Qc2 Qb7 $15) 25. Nxd5
{The position is equal.} exd5 26. Rxd5 Qf7 {[%cal Rb2f2]} 27. Rd7 Rxa2 28. Qb5
a6 29. Qb1 Qxd7 30. Qxa2+ {[%mdl 64] [#] Double Attack} Qf7 31. Qxa6 h6 32. Qe2
Qf5 33. Qe3 Qf4 34. Qxf4 exf4 {Accuracy: White = 63%, Black = 74%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “US-ch Open 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.5”]
[White “Robson, Ray”]
[Black “Dominguez, Leinier”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C65”]
[WhiteElo “2667”]
[BlackElo “2739”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “102”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4
e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 {[%cal Bb1d2,Bd2b3,
Bb3a5,Ba5c4][%mdl 32] C65: Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defence (3…Nf6), unusual lines
and 4 0-0 Bc5} (6. O-O {keeps more tension.} Nd7 7. c3 O-O 8. Qc2 b6 9. Re1)
6… Be6 7. O-O Bd6 8. Nb3 {The position is equal.} (8. b3 O-O 9. Nc4 Nd7 10.
a4 Bxc4 11. bxc4 a5 12. Bg5 Be7 13. Be3 b6 {1/2-1/2 (52) Caruana,F (2828)
-Nakamura,H (2749) chess.com INT 2019}) 8… Qe7 9. Na5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 9.
Qe1 h6 10. Na5 Rb8 11. d4 exd4 12. e5 Bb4 13. Bd2 Bxa5 14. Bxa5 {1/2-1/2 (24)
Saric,I (2678)-Fressinet,L (2702) Germany 2016}) 9… O-O-O 10. Bd2 Bg4 11. Rb1
Nd7 12. Nc4 Qf6 13. b4 Nf8 14. h3 Bxf3 $1 15. Qxf3 Qxf3 16. gxf3 Ne6 17. Be3
Rhf8 18. c3 ({Much weaker is} 18. Bxa7 b6 $17) 18… f5 19. Rfd1 Rf6 20. d4
exd4 21. cxd4 fxe4 (21… Bf4 $17 22. Kg2 fxe4 23. fxe4 Rdf8) 22. Nxd6+ $15
cxd6 23. fxe4 d5 24. e5 Rf5 25. b5 {[#]} c5 $1 {[%mdl 512]} 26. dxc5 d4 27. Bd2
Nxc5 28. b6 axb6 29. Rxb6 Rxe5 30. Rc1 Rdd5 31. Rb5 Kd7 32. Ba5 d3 33. Kf1 d2
34. Bxd2 ({White should try} 34. Rd1) 34… Rxd2 $17 35. Rcxc5 Rxc5 36. Rxc5
Rxa2 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KR-KR} 37. Rh5 (37. h4 $17) 37… h6 $19 38. Rf5 {[#]
} Kc6 $1 39. Rf7 {[#]} b5 $1 {[%cal Bb7b5,Bb5b4,Bb4b3][%mdl 32]} 40. Rxg7 $2 (
40. Ke1) 40… b4 41. Rg3 Kb5 42. Kg2 (42. Ke1 $19 Kc4 43. Kd1) 42… Ra3 {
Black mates.} 43. Rg8 Ra6 44. Kf3 b3 45. Rg1 Kb4 46. Ke4 b2 47. Rb1 Kc3 48. f4
Ra1 49. Rxb2 Kxb2 50. f5 Rf1 51. Ke5 Rh1 {Accuracy: White = 40%, Black = 65%.}
0-1

[Event “US-ch Open 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.6”]
[White “Gareyev, Timur”]
[Black “Lenderman, Aleksandr”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “E46”]
[WhiteElo “2557”]
[BlackElo “2637”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “151”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
1. d4
e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd2 c5 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. exd4 d5 8. cxd5 exd5
9. Nge2 {E46: Nimzo-Indian: Rubinstein: 4 e3 0-0 5 Ne2 without early Bd3} Nc6
10. O-O Bd6 $146 ({Predecessor:} 10… Bg4 11. Bg5 Be7 12. Qb3 Na5 13. Qc2 h6
14. Bh4 Qd7 15. h3 Be6 16. Rad1 Nc4 {1-0 (42) Glenne,B (2235)-Gronn,A (2370)
Oslo 2002}) 11. h3 {The position is equal.} h6 12. Rc1 Re8 13. Be3 a6 14. a3
Bc7 15. Re1 Nh5 (15… Be6 $11) 16. Qd2 $2 (16. Nxd5 $1 $16 Qxd5 17. Nc3) 16…
Qd6 $11 {[#]} 17. Nf4 $1 {[%mdl 512]} Nf6 ({Wrong is} 17… Nxf4 $2 18. Bxf4
Qf8 19. Bxc7 $18) 18. g3 Bd7 19. Bf1 Bf5 20. Nd3 Bb6 21. Nc5 Bxc5 22. dxc5 Qd7
23. Bd4 $1 {[%cal Rd4f6]} Ne4 24. Nxe4 dxe4 25. Bc3 Bxh3 26. Qxd7 Bxd7 27. Bg2
Bf5 28. Rcd1 Re7 29. Rd5 Bg6 30. Bh3 f6 31. b4 Na7 32. a4 Be8 33. Ra1 e3 34.
Rd3 exf2+ 35. Kxf2 Bc6 36. Bg4 Rf8 37. Bf5 Kf7 38. Rd6 Rfe8 39. Bg4 Kg6 40. Bd2
Re5 41. Ra3 Nc8 42. Rd4 Ne7 43. Bd1 (43. Bf4 $15) 43… Nf5 $36 {[%mdl 2048]
Black is really pushing.} 44. Rg4+ {[#]} Kh7 $1 {…Rd5 is the strong threat.}
45. Rd3 h5 46. Rc4 Nh6 47. Rcd4 {[#]} (47. Rh4 $142) 47… Ng4+ $1 {[%mdl 512]}
48. Bxg4 hxg4 49. Re3 Rf5+ 50. Ke1 Rxe3+ 51. Bxe3 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRB-KRB}
Rf3 52. Bf2 f5 53. b5 axb5 54. axb5 Bxb5 55. Rf4 Rxf4 56. gxf4 {KB-KB. Black
is better.} Kg6 57. Bg3 Kf6 58. Bh4+ Ke6 59. Kf2 Kd5 60. Be7 {[#]} g5 $1 61.
Kg3 (61. Bxg5 Kxc5) 61… gxf4+ 62. Kxf4 Bd7 63. Bf8 Bc8 64. Be7 Ke6 65. Bf8
Bd7 66. Bh6 Bc6 67. Bf8 Be4 68. Bh6 Kd5 69. Bf8 Kd4 70. Bd6 Kd3 71. Kg3 Bc6 72.
Bf8 Ke4 {Threatens to win with …f4+.} 73. Bd6 Bd7 74. Bf4 Kd4 75. Bd6 Kd5 {
Hoping for …b5.} 76. Bf8 {Accuracy: White = 75%, Black = 73%.} 1/2-1/2


[Event “US-ch Women 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.1”]
[White “Krush, Irina”]
[Black “Yu, Jennifer”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B13”]
[WhiteElo “2451”]
[BlackElo “2273”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “80”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. c4 c6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nc3
Nc6 6. Bg5 Be6 7. a3 Qd7 (7… dxc4 $2 8. Bxf6 Qa5 9. Be5 $18) 8. Be2 {B13:
Caro-Kann: Exchange Variation and Panov-Botvinnik Attack} (8. Nge2 dxc4 9. Bxf6
exf6 10. d5 O-O-O 11. dxc6 Qxc6 12. Qa4 Qb6 13. Qb5 Qc7 14. Ng3 a6 15. Qa4 Qf4
{1-0 (39) Inarkiev,E (2693)-Dreev,A (2670) Moscow 2018}) 8… Rd8 ({Of course
not} 8… dxc4 $6 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. d5 $16) 9. Bxf6 exf6 10. c5 {The position
is equal.} g6 11. Nf3 h5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 11… Bh6 12. b4 a6 13. O-O O-O
14. Rb1 Rfe8 15. a4 a5 {1-0 (64) Sanchez Rodenas,J (2342)-Fetisov,A (2429)
ICCF email 2014}) 12. b4 {[%cal Bb2b4,Bb4b5,Bb5b6][%mdl 32]} Bh6 13. b5 Ne7 14.
h4 (14. a4 $16) 14… Kf8 15. a4 Kg7 16. a5 Nc8 (16… Bg4 $11) 17. b6 a6 18.
Na2 Ne7 19. Nb4 Qc8 20. Ra3 Rde8 21. Rc3 Bd7 (21… Bg4 $11) 22. O-O $14 Bc6 (
22… Bf4 $14) 23. Ne1 Nf5 24. Nxc6 Qxc6 {[#]} 25. Nc2 $1 Nxh4 26. Nb4 Qe6 27.
Bd3 ({White should play} 27. Bf3 $16) 27… Bf4 28. c6 ({White should try} 28.
Bb1 $16) 28… Bd6 $11 29. Rc5 (29. Nc2 $1 $11 {keeps the balance.} bxc6 30.
Bxa6) 29… Bxc5 $40 {[%mdl 128] White is in trouble.} (29… f5 $142 {White
must now prevent …Qf6.} 30. cxb7 Qf6) 30. dxc5 $17 bxc6 31. Nxa6 Qe5 {
Strongly threatening …Qg5.} 32. Nc7 $2 {[#]} (32. b7 $17 {might work better.}
) 32… Re7 $1 $19 {[%cal Be8e7,Be7e1,Be1a1][%mdl 32]} 33. Qa4 $2 (33. a6 d4
34. a7 Qxc5 35. a8=Q Rxa8 36. Nxa8) 33… Qg5 {[%csl Gh4][%cal Rg5g2] Black is
clearly winning.} 34. g3 Nf3+ 35. Kg2 Ne1+ 36. Rxe1 Rxe1 37. Qf4 Qg4 38. f3 Qd7
39. a6 {White hopes to continue with Qd6.} Qe7 40. Qd2 Ra1 {Accuracy: White =
49%, Black = 54%.} ({Don’t go for} 40… Qe3 $2 41. Qxe3 Rxe3 42. a7 $18) 0-1

[Event “US-ch Women 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.2”]
[White “Yip, Carissa”]
[Black “Abrahamyan, Tatev”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C00”]
[WhiteElo “2279”]
[BlackElo “2377”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “72”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. e4 e6
2. f4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. c3 Nh6 6. Na3 Nf5 7. Nc2 {C00: French: Unusual
White 2nd moves} d4 (7… Be7 8. d4 Bd7 9. Bd3 g6 10. O-O cxd4 11. Bxf5 gxf5
12. Ncxd4 Qb6 13. Rf2 Na5 14. b3 Rc8 {0-1 (45) Izoria,Z (2603)-Smirnov,A (2569)
chess.com INT 2019}) 8. Bd3 Be7 9. Qe2 {White is slightly better.} h5 10. Be4
Bd7 $146 ({Predecessor:} 10… h4 11. d3 Qb6 12. c4 Bd7 13. O-O Qc7 14. Bd2 a6
{1-0 (61) Sattarov,B (2328)-Eynullayev,A (2134) Poti 2018}) 11. Qd3 Qb6 12. b3
Rd8 13. Bb2 {[#]} (13. cxd4 $11 Ncxd4 14. Ncxd4 cxd4 15. a4) 13… c4 $1 $17 {
[%mdl 512]} 14. Qxc4 {[#]} (14. Qf1 $17) (14. bxc4 Qxb2) 14… Nxe5 $1 $19 {
[%mdl 512]} 15. Nxe5 Bb5 {[%mdl 64] Trapped Piece} 16. Bxf5 {[%cal Rc2d4]} Bxc4
17. Nxc4 Qc6 {Threatens to win with …dxc3.} 18. Bh3 b5 ({Not} 18… d3 19.
N2e3 $11) 19. Ne5 (19. Nxd4 $142 Rxd4 20. cxd4 Bh4+ 21. Kd1 bxc4 22. Rc1) 19…
Qe4+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 20. Kd1 dxc3 ({Weaker is} 20… Qxf4 21. cxd4
O-O 22. Rc1 $15) 21. Bxc3 b4 $40 {[%mdl 128] Black wants a kill.} 22. Bb2 Qxf4
{[%csl Gd8][%cal Rf4d2]} 23. Nc4 Bf6 24. Kc1 (24. Bxf6 {is a better defense.}
Qxf6 25. Kc1) 24… Bc3 25. Kb1 Bxd2 ({Less strong is} 25… Bxb2 26. Kxb2 Qf6+
27. Kc1 $17) 26. Bxg7 Bc3 27. Bxc3 bxc3 28. a3 Qf2 29. Rc1 O-O {Hoping for …
Rd2!} 30. Ra2 $2 {[#]} (30. a4 Rd3 31. Ka2) 30… Qc5 (30… Rd2 $142 $1 {
[%mdl 512]} 31. Nb4 (31. Nxd2 cxd2) 31… a5 $1 {[%mdl 512]}) 31. Ka1 $2 (31.
N2e3 Rd3 32. Rac2) 31… Rb8 {Black is clearly winning.} 32. Nb4 {[#] Rac2
would now be nice for White.} a5 $1 33. Na6 {[#]} Qg5 $1 {[%cal Rg5c1]} 34.
Rxc3 {Black must now prevent Rg3.} Qf6 35. Kb2 Rbc8 {Strongly threatening …
Rfd8.} 36. g4 (36. Ra1 $142) 36… Rfd8 {Accuracy: White = 38%, Black = 65%.}
0-1

[Event “US-ch Women 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.3”]
[White “Zatonskih, Anna”]
[Black “Feng, Maggie”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D02”]
[WhiteElo “2430”]
[BlackElo “2199”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “147”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c5 3. e3 Nf6 4. c4 cxd4 5. exd4 g6 6. cxd5 Bg7 7.
Bc4 O-O 8. Nc3 Nbd7 9. O-O Nb6 10. Bb3 Nbxd5 11. Re1 Re8 {B14: Caro-Kann:
Panov-Botvinnik Attack with 5…e6 and 5…g6} (11… b6 12. Bg5 Bb7 13. Rc1
Nxc3 14. bxc3 Rc8 15. Qd3 Qd6 16. Ne5 e6 17. h4 Nd5 18. c4 Ne7 19. c5 bxc5 20.
Nxf7 Qxd4 21. Qxd4 Bxd4 22. Bxe6 {1-0 (30) Barbosa,O (2533)-Perelshteyn,E
(2507) Rockville 2017}) 12. Ne5 Be6 13. Qf3 Qd6 {White is slightly better.} 14.
Bd2 $146 ({Predecessor:} 14. Nc4 Qa6 15. Rxe6 fxe6 16. Ne5 Rad8 17. h4 Rf8 18.
Qh3 Qb6 19. Be3 {1-0 (28) Weise,M (2144)-Rueger,E (2205) Germany 2009}) 14…
a6 15. h3 Red8 16. Nd3 Nxc3 17. bxc3 {Threatens to win with Bxe6.} (17. Rxe6 $5
fxe6 18. bxc3 $16) 17… Bxb3 (17… Bd5 $11 {keeps the balance.} 18. Bxd5 Nxd5
) 18. axb3 $16 b5 19. Nc5 {And now Nb7 would win.} Rdc8 20. b4 Nd5 21. Ra5 Nb6
22. Rea1 Nc4 23. Bf4 e5 24. Rxa6 Rxa6 25. Rxa6 Qd8 {[#]} (25… Qe7 $16 {
might work better.}) 26. dxe5 $1 $18 Nxe5 {[#]} 27. Bxe5 ({White should try}
27. Qb7 $1 $18) 27… Bxe5 $16 28. g3 Qd2 (28… Kg7 $16) 29. Ra7 $18 Rf8 30.
Nd7 $40 {[%mdl 192] Double Attack. White attacks with force.} Qxc3 31. Qxc3
Bxc3 32. Nxf8 Kxf8 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KR-KB} 33. Rb7 Bxb4 34. Rxb5 Bd2 35. g4
h6 $2 (35… Bc3 36. Kg2 Bd2) 36. Kg2 Kg7 37. h4 Bc3 38. Kg3 Bd4 39. Rd5 Bc3
40. Kf3 Kf6 41. Rb5 Kg7 42. h5 gxh5 $2 (42… g5 $18 43. Ke3 Bf6) 43. Rxh5 Kg6
44. Ke4 Bb2 45. Kd5 Bc1 46. Ke4 Bb2 47. Rb5 Bc3 48. Rb6+ Kg7 49. Rc6 Be1 50. f3
Bd2 51. Kd5 Bf4 52. Ra6 Be3 53. Kd6 $2 (53. Ke5 {mates} Bc5 54. f4 Bb4 55. Rc6
Bd2 56. Kf5 Be3 57. Ke4 Bd2 58. Ra6) 53… Bg5 $2 (53… f5 $18 54. Ke5 fxg4)
54. Ke5 {White mates.} Bd2 55. f4 Bc3+ 56. Kd5 Bd2 57. f5 Bg5 58. Kd6 Kf6 59.
Kd7+ Ke5 60. Ke8 f6 61. Kf7 Kf4 62. Ra4+ Kg3 63. Kg6 Kh4 64. Rc4 Kg3 65. Kh5
Kf3 66. Rc8 Kf4 67. Rh8 Kf3 68. Rxh6 Bxh6 69. Kxh6 Kxg4 {KP-KP} 70. Kg6 Kh4 71.
Kxf6 Kh5 72. Ke7 Kh6 73. f6 Kh7 74. f7 {Accuracy: White = 76%, Black = 20%.}
1-0

[Event “US-ch Women 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.4”]
[White “Nguyen, Emily”]
[Black “Wang, Annie”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C01”]
[WhiteElo “2143”]
[BlackElo “2304”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “81”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Nf6
5. Bd3 Bd6 6. O-O O-O 7. h3 h6 8. Nc3 Nc6 {C01: French: Exchange Variation} (
8… c6 9. Ne5 c5 10. Nb5 Be7 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Bf4 a6 13. Nc3 Nc6 14. Qd2 d4
15. Ne2 Re8 16. Nxc6 bxc6 {1/2-1/2 (37) Fressinet,L (2668)-Bacrot,E (2696)
Balagna 2017}) 9. Nb5 Nb4 10. Nxd6 Qxd6 11. Ne5 Nxd3 12. Qxd3 Ne4 $146 ({
Predecessor:} 12… c5 13. Qa3 Ne4 14. Bf4 c4 15. Qxd6 Nxd6 16. Ng6 fxg6 17.
Bxd6 Rf6 18. Be7 {1/2-1/2 (18) Fernandez Garcia,J (2445)-Apicella,M (2555)
Linares 1995}) 13. Bf4 Qf6 14. Bh2 Nd6 15. Rfe1 c6 16. Re2 Bf5 17. Qf3 Rad8 18.
Rae1 Qh4 19. Qa3 Nb5 20. Nf3 Qf6 21. Qe3 Be4 {Threatening …Bxf3.} 22. Ne5 Nd6
(22… Qg5 $1 $11 23. Qxg5 hxg5) 23. b3 (23. f3 $14 Bf5 24. g4) 23… Qh4 24.
c3 Rfe8 25. Bg3 Qh5 26. Qd2 Re6 (26… Nf5 $11) 27. Nd3 Rf6 28. Nc5 Qg6 29.
Nxe4 Nxe4 30. Rxe4 dxe4 31. Bh4 Rdd6 {Threatens to win with …Rf3.} 32. Bxf6
Rxf6 $11 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KQR-KQR} 33. Qe3 Re6 34. c4 f5 35. Qf4 Rd6 36.
Rd1 b6 37. Rd2 Kh7 38. d5 Qf6 39. dxc6 Rxd2 40. Qxd2 {[#] Strongly threatening
Qd5.} Qxc6 41. Kh2 {Accuracy: White = 45%, Black = 46%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “US-ch Women 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.5”]
[White “Sharevich, Anna”]
[Black “Gorti, Akshita”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “E09”]
[WhiteElo “2282”]
[BlackElo “2272”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “128”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O
Nbd7 7. Qc2 c6 8. Nbd2 b6 9. b3 Bb7 10. Bb2 a5 11. e4 {E09: Closed Catalan:
Main Line: 7 Qc2 c6 8 Nbd2} Rc8 (11… Qb8 12. Rfe1 Rc8 13. Rac1 a4 14. Qb1
axb3 15. axb3 Bb4 16. Bc3 Bxc3 17. Rxc3 c5 18. exd5 exd5 {1/2-1/2 (37)
Altounian,L (2443)-Blomqvist,E (2502) chess.com INT 2018}) 12. Rad1 c5 $146 ({
Predecessor:} 12… Ne8 13. Qd3 Nc7 14. Rfe1 Re8 15. h4 h6 16. Nh2 Nf6 17. e5
Nd7 18. Ng4 c5 {1-0 (45) Hentunen,A (2327)-Sorsa,N (2223) Finland 2010}) 13.
exd5 {White is slightly better.} exd5 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. Qb1 Qc7 16. cxd5 Bxd5
17. Nc4 Bxc4 ({Black should play} 17… Be4 $15 18. Qc1 Rfe8) 18. bxc4 $11 h6
19. Nh4 Ne5 20. Nf5 Rfe8 21. Qa1 Neg4 {[#]} (21… Nfg4 $11 {keeps the balance.
}) 22. Bxf6 (22. Nxg7 $1 $16 {[%mdl 512]} Kxg7 23. Bh3) 22… Nxf2 $2 (22…
Nxf6 $14 23. Nxh6+ Kh7) 23. Bd4 (23. Bxg7 Nxd1+ 24. Bd4 Bxd4+ 25. Qxd4 Qc5 $14)
23… Nxd1 24. Qxd1 {And now Nxh6+! would win.} (24. Rxd1 Qe5 $11) 24… Qe5
25. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 26. Kh1 {Hoping for Qg4.} Qe5 27. Bd5 $1 {Nd6! is the strong
threat.} Rc7 28. Qg4 Kh8 29. Qd4 (29. Nd4 $18) 29… Qxd4 30. Nxd4 f6 (30… g6
{was necessary.} 31. Rb1 (31. Rxf7 Rxf7 32. Bxf7 Re1+ 33. Kg2 Re4 $11) 31…
Kg7 32. Rxb6 Re1+ 33. Kg2 Rd1) 31. Rb1 $18 Rb8 32. Nc6 Re8 33. a4 Re3 34. Rxb6
Ra3 35. Ra6 Rxa4 (35… Rb7 $142) 36. Rxa5 ({Not} 36. Nxa5 Ra2 $11) 36… Rxa5
37. Nxa5 g6 38. Nb3 Kg7 39. Nd4 {Strongly threatening Ne6+.} Ra7 40. Ne6+ Kf7
41. Nf4+ Kg7 42. c5 {[%cal Bc4c5,Bc5c6][%mdl 32] Black must now prevent c6.} f5
43. c6 Kf6 44. Bf3 (44. Bg8 $18) 44… g5 $16 45. Nd3 (45. Nd5+ $16 Ke5 46. c7
Ra1+ 47. Kg2) 45… g4 ({Better is} 45… Ke6 $14) 46. Bd5 Ke7 47. Nf4 Kd6 48.
Kg2 Ra1 49. Kf2 Rc1 50. Ke3 Re1+ (50… Ra1 $16) 51. Kd2 (51. Ne2 $1 $18 {
and the rest is easy.}) 51… Re7 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (51… Ra1 $16) 52. Bg2 Ra7
53. Kc3 $2 (53. Ne2 $1 $18 {is the precise move to win.}) 53… Ra2 54. Kd4
Rd2+ $2 (54… h5 $14) 55. Ke3 $1 $18 {[%cal Re3d2]} Ra2 56. Ne2 $1 Ra3+ (56…
Rb2 $142 57. Kd3 Ra2) 57. Kd2 Ra2+ 58. Kd3 $1 Rb2 {[#]} 59. Nf4 $2 (59. Bd5 $1
$18 {[%mdl 512]}) 59… Ra2 $16 60. Kc4 Rb2 61. Kc3 (61. Bd5 $16) 61… Rf2 $2
{[#]} (61… Ra2 $1 $11) 62. Kd4 $2 ({Only move:} 62. Bd5 $1 $18) 62… Rd2+ $1
$11 63. Ke3 Rb2 $2 (63… Ra2 $1 $11) 64. h3 $4 {[%mdl 8192] [#]} (64. Ne2 $18)
64… Rxg2 $1 {[%mdl 512] Accuracy: White = 37%, Black = 23%.} 0-1

[Event “US-ch Women 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.03.22”]
[Round “3.6”]
[White “Eswaran, Ashritha”]
[Black “Foisor, Sabina”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B08”]
[WhiteElo “2234”]
[BlackElo “2276”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “101”]
[EventDate “2019.03.20”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Be2 O-O 6. O-O a6 7.
a4 Nc6 8. d5 {B08: Pirc Defence: Classical System} (8. h3 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10.
Nxe5 dxe5 11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Bg5 Re8 13. Rfd1 Be6 14. a5 Rac8 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16.
Bg4 Be7 17. Nd5 Bg5 18. Bxe6 Rxe6 {1/2-1/2 (41) Bindrich,F (2606)-Maghsoodloo,
P (2688) St Petersburg 2018}) 8… Nb4 9. a5 e6 $1 {LiveBook: 21 Games} 10. Bg5
{The position is equal.} h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 {Strongly threatening Ra4.} exd5
13. exd5 Bd7 $146 ({Predecessor:} 13… Bf5 14. Nd4 Bg6 15. Bf3 g4 16. Bxg4
Nxg4 17. Qxg4 Bxd4 {0-1 (68) Schoenau,W (2280)-Hirn,O Bayern 1995}) 14. Bc4 Bb5
({Black should play} 14… Re8 $11) 15. Nxb5 $14 axb5 16. Bb3 Na6 17. Nd4 Nc5
18. Nf5 (18. c3 $1 $16) 18… Qd7 $11 19. Nxg7 Kxg7 20. Qd4 (20. c4 $11) 20…
Rfe8 $15 21. f4 {[%cal Bf2f4,Bf4f5,Bf5f6][%mdl 32]} Re4 22. Qd2 g4 $1 23. f5
Rae8 24. Bf4 Ng8 (24… Kh7 $15 25. Bxh6 g3) 25. f6+ $11 Kh7 26. Bg3 (26. Ba2
$11) 26… Re2 $15 27. Qd1 {[#]} R8e4 $2 {[#]} (27… R8e3 $1 $17 {keeps the
pressure on.}) 28. Ba2 (28. c4 $1 $16 {[%mdl 512]}) 28… Kh8 29. Bb1 $1 $36 {
[%cal Ba2b1,Bb1f5,Bf5g4][%mdl 2080] White is pushing.} c6 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (
29… R4e3 $14) 30. c3 $18 Re8 31. Bf5 Qd8 32. Bxg4 Rxb2 33. Bh5 Ne4 $2 (33…
Qd7 34. Qg4 Qxg4 35. Bxg4 Nb3) 34. Qc1 {White is clearly winning.} Rd2 35. Bxf7
Rf8 36. Bxg8 Kxg8 37. Re1 Qxf6 {And now …Rxg2+! would win.} 38. Rxe4 Rxg2+
39. Kxg2 Qf3+ 40. Kg1 Qxe4 41. Qxh6 Qxd5 {intending …Qc5+.} 42. Qxd6 Qf5 43.
Re1 Rf7 44. Qd4 Rd7 45. Qe5 Qxe5 46. Bxe5 {KRB-KR} Rd2 47. Bd4 b4 (47… Kf7
$142 48. Bc5 Kf6) 48. Be3 Rb2 49. cxb4 Rxb4 50. Bb6 Kf7 {[#]} 51. Re7+ $3 {
[%mdl 512] Precision: White = 70%, Black = 38%.} 1-0


The USA Championship 2019 20 – 31 Mar 2019, Saint Louis (USA)

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