Saturday, April 23, 2011

U.S. Chess Championships Semifinals

For four players at the 2011 U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women's Championship, the rest day was anything but a leisurely day off. Tied after round-robin play, GM Alexander Onischuk and GM-elect Sam Shankland faced off for a spot in the semifinals, while IM Anna Zatonskih played WGM Sabina Foisor.

Both matches were repeats of round seven, and when the two-game series ended, Shankland upset Onischuk and Zatonskih beat Foisor to advance.

Zatonskih will now play Krush in the semifinals, while WGM Camilla Baginskaite and WFM Tatev Abrahyam will play in the other semifinal.

Besides Shankland-Kamsky, GMs Robert Hess and Yury Shulman will play head-to-head in the U.S. Championship. All semifinal matchups are two-game matches spread out over two days, with a possible tiebreak on the third day.

Full report

Live games with computer analysis

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