Saturday, May 04, 2013

US Chess Championships, Round 1

The action got a running start today as the majority of the first-round battles at the 2013 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship produced a clear victor.

Half of the men’s games and 80 percent of the ladies’ skirmishes gave decisive results, kicking off nine rounds of chess at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Two notable upsets highlighted the U.S. Championship in the opening round. A pair of tournament rookies, IM Kayden Troff and GM Conrad Holt, both defeated their higher-ranked grandmaster opponents.

Other winners included three-time champion GM Gata Kamsky, who had white but chose not to play the Torre Attack for the third straight game against GM Alex Shabalov.

Another tournament favorite and colorful personality that fans wanted to see was GM Timur Gareev. Though seeded second, he played his first-ever U.S. Championship game, taking black against fellow newbie GM Marc Arnold.

Gareev had no problem dispatching his younger opponent, as there were too many open lines aiming at white’s king.

Full report on the official website

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