US Chess Championships R1: Robson and Burke take the lead
One of America’s most anticipated tournaments, the US Chess Championships, had its first round on Wednesday, October 6. This event is, as usual, organized by the Saint Louis Chess Club. Twelve players compete for the $ 194,000 prize fund in the US Championship, while twelve women play for the $ 100,000 prize fund in the US Women’s Championship.
US Chess Championship games are available here: Open | Women.
In the American championship, the seeds are GM Fabiano Caruana (2800 FIDE), Wesley So (2778) and Leinier Dominguez Perez (2760). It is home to a number of other extremely strong players, such as the best young American talent GM Jeffery Xiong, the former American champion GM Samuel Shankland and many more. It should be noted that GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista is participating in the American championship for the first time since the change of federation of Cuba.
In the US Women’s Championship event, the top players are GM Irina Krush (2429 FIDE), MI Anna Zatonskih (2422) and MI Carissa Yip (2402).
With this introduction behind, let’s see how the tournament started. And by no means did it start as many expected!
GMs John M. Burke and Ray Robson were the only players to win their matches in the first round, against GMs Dariusz Swiercz and Daniel Naroditsky respectively. Burke and Robson took the lead in the tournament, while seeds Caruana, So and Dominguez drew.
It is quite astonishing that two of the favorites, Caruana and Dominguez, were in great danger today. Caruana was dominated by Bruzon and miraculously survived as the former Cuban Grandmaster struggled with time.
In the Dominguez match against GM Alex Lenderman, Dominguez mixed something up in the opening and struggled to find active moves after Lenderman advanced his d-pawn. However, the Whites misinterpreted the position and gave the top seed a break.
Interestingly, both Robson and Burke were members of the famous SPICE chess program at Webster University. Robson graduated a few years ago, while Burke has just started his freshman year. The same is true of a few other players, such as Bruzon and Lenderman. In the women’s section, WGM Katerina Nemcova also graduated from Webster and was a member of SPICE.
United States Championship All Games, Round 1
1st round ranking
|1||Robson, Ray||2669||1||1.0 / 1||0|
|2||Burke, John M||2554||1||1.0 / 1||0|
|3||Caruana, Fabiano||2800||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|4||So, Wesley||2778||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|5||Dominguez Perez, Leinier||2760||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|6||Shankland, Sam||2714||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|7||Xiong, Jeffery||2700||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|8||Sevian, Samuel||2654||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|9||Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||2645||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|ten||Lenderman, Alexander||2607||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|11||Swiercz, Dariusz||2647||0||0.0 / 1||0|
|12||Naroditsky, Daniel||2623||0||0.0 / 1||0|
In the US Women’s Championship, four matches ended decisively: Krush dominated WIM Megan Lee, Nemcova defeated Zatonskih, WIM Ashritha Eswaran won against WGM Anna Sharevich and finally, WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated WGM Tatev Abrahamyan in a match absolutely crazy, where at one point the engine was showing +75 (!) for his opponent.
The first round gave us a number of surprising results. There is no doubt that the next rounds will be even more exciting, so be sure to follow the online feeds and read the reports from the next tournaments!
U.S. Women’s Championship Every Game, Round 1
1st round ranking
|1||Krush, Irina||2429||1||1.0 / 1||0|
|2||Nemcova, Katerina||2331||1||1.0 / 1||0|
|3||Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim||2322||1||1.0 / 1||0|
|4||Eswaran, Ashrita||2244||1||1.0 / 1||0|
|5||Yep, Carissa||2402||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|6||Paikidze, nazi||2374||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|7||Foisor, Sabina-Francesca||2205||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|8||Cervantes Landeiro, Thalia||2175||½||0.5 / 1||0.25|
|9||Zatonskih, Anna||2422||0||0.0 / 1||0|
|ten||Abrahamyan, Tatev||2344||0||0.0 / 1||0|
|11||Sharevitch, Anna||2276||0||0.0 / 1||0|
|12||Lee, Megan||2211||0||0.0 / 1||0|
The 2021 US Chess Championships will be held October 5-19, 2021 in St. Louis to determine the next US Chess Champions. The 2021 United States Women’s Championship is running concurrently. Both events have the same format: 12 players, 11 round tournament with a prize of $ 194,000 for the US Championship and $ 100,000 for the US Women’s Championship.