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US Championships Tournament

Alexander Shabalov7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Alexander Onischuk6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Gregory Kaidanov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Julio Becerra Rivero6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Yury Shulman6/9(+3 -0 =6)[view games]
Boris Gulko5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[view games]
Varuzhan Akobian5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[view games]
Sergey Kudrin5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[view games]
Alexander Stripunsky5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[view games]
Joseph M Bradford5/9(+3 -2 =4)[view games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/9(+4 -3 =2)[view games]
Eugene Perelshteyn5/9(+3 -2 =4)[view games]
Ildar Ibragimov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[view games]
Jaan Ehlvest5/9(+2 -1 =6)[view games]
Melikset Khachiyan5/9(+1 -0 =8)[view games]
Alexander Ivanov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[view games]
Dimitri Gurevich4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[view games]
Michael Langer4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[view games]
Ronald Burnett4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[view games]
David Pruess4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[view games]
Robert Lee Hess4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[view games]
Enrico M Sevillano4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[view games]
Alex Yermolinsky4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[view games]
Joshua E Friedel4/9(+2 -3 =4)[view games]
Bryan G Smith4/9(+3 -4 =2)[view games]
Michael Mulyar4/9(+3 -4 =2)[view games]
Walter Shawn Browne4/9(+3 -4 =2)[view games]
Justin Sarkar4/9(+3 -4 =2)[view games]
Irina Krush4/9(+2 -3 =4)[view games]
(36 players total; 8 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Akobian vs R Burnett 1-041 2007 US ChampionshipsE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
2. M Khachiyan vs T Braunlich  1-046 2007 US ChampionshipsB01 Scandinavian
3. C Airapetian vs E Sevillano  0-141 2007 US ChampionshipsB33 Sicilian
4. D Gurevich vs I Zenyuk  1-043 2007 US ChampionshipsE92 King's Indian
5. M Movsisyan vs Yermolinsky 0-142 2007 US ChampionshipsB57 Sicilian
6. J Becerra Rivero vs M Aigner  1-044 2007 US ChampionshipsC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. M Langer vs E Perelshteyn 0-128 2007 US ChampionshipsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Kudrin vs Robson 1-025 2007 US ChampionshipsB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. J Bonin vs A Ivanov  ½-½25 2007 US ChampionshipsC41 Philidor Defense
10. Mulyar vs Gulko  ½-½30 2007 US ChampionshipsC53 Giuoco Piano
11. J Friedel vs Nakamura 0-151 2007 US ChampionshipsC11 French
12. Onischuk vs Browne 1-083 2007 US ChampionshipsE15 Queen's Indian
13. I Krush vs Kaidanov  ½-½28 2007 US ChampionshipsD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Ehlvest vs D Pruess 1-041 2007 US ChampionshipsA61 Benoni
15. R Hess vs I Ibragimov 0-138 2007 US ChampionshipsC11 French
16. Shabalov vs J Sarkar 1-032 2007 US ChampionshipsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. Bradford vs Y Shulman ½-½58 2007 US ChampionshipsA37 English, Symmetrical
18. Stripunsky vs B G Smith  1-038 2007 US ChampionshipsA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A Ivanov vs Mulyar  1-029 2007 US ChampionshipsC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Robson vs J Friedel  ½-½34 2007 US ChampionshipsC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Browne vs M Langer 1-051 2007 US ChampionshipsA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
22. D Pruess vs M Movsisyan  1-045 2007 US ChampionshipsD85 Grunfeld
23. M Aigner vs R Hess ½-½82 2007 US ChampionshipsB24 Sicilian, Closed
24. J Sarkar vs I Zenyuk  1-063 2007 US ChampionshipsE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. B G Smith vs C Airapetian  1-046 2007 US ChampionshipsC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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May-23-07  Temugin73: <chesstoplay: Shabalov WON>

Best congratulations to him!!
It has always played in order to win in this US championship... otherwise it would have had at least means point in more.. brave, concentrated and very prepared... and truly much strong..

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  whiskeyrebel: Shaba had a great tournament. Congrats. Two players from my area ( Austin Tx ) were near IM norms..Bradford and Langer. Does anybody know if there's any official word on that?
May-23-07  chesstoplay: Monroi site reports:

"FM Michael Langer from Stillwater Oklahoma, and FM Joseph Bradford from Austin Texas earned IM norms!"

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  Wild Bill: <"FM Michael Langer from Stillwater Oklahoma, and FM Joseph Bradford from Austin Texas earned IM norms!">

Hartiest congratulation to Langer and Bradford as well.

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  RonB52734: A quote from Shabalov after the game: "Huge thanks to all the fans! I'm so happy I was finally able to pull it out after so many misses earlier in the tournament. In the last round game Sergey surprised me with 2Nc6!, which totally killed all my preparation versus Dragon or 2g6. But I couldn't remember a single game of his after 3.Bb5. Does it matter that I'm not playing it? No! So the resulting position was very much in the spirit of pet variation 1.e4 c5 2. Na3 and I did the grinding!"

Congrats, US Champion Shabalov!

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  RonB52734: The top multiple-time US Champions since it went to tournament style in 1936:

Bobby Fischer: 8 (span of 9 years)
Samuel Reshevsky: 6 (33 years!)
Walter Browne: 6 (9 years)
Larry Evans: 4 (29 years)
Alexander Shabalov: 4 (14 years)
Larry Christiansen: 3 (22 years)
Yasser Sierawan: 3 (19 years)
Joel Benjamin: 3 (13 years)
Lev Alburt: 3 (6 years)
Nick DiFirmian: 2 (11 years)
Roman Dzindzichashvili: 2 (6 years)
Boris Gulko: 2 (5 years)
Alexander Yermolinsky: 2 (3 years)

Apologies if I miscounted.

May-23-07  Dr.Lecter: Congrats to the new U.S. champion, Alexander Shabalov!
May-24-07  BIDMONFA: US Championships (2007)


May-24-07  MrPatzer: <RonB52734> Not to quibble, but DiFirmian has won three championships. And you left off Patrick Wolff, who has won twice. I hear both of them want to have a few words with you outside in the parking lot.

Random thought: If Fischer is still telling people that he's the "real" world champ, is it possible he thinks he's still the "real" U.S. champ, too?

May-24-07  suenteus po 147: <MrPatzer: If Fischer is still telling people that he's the "real" world champ, is it possible he thinks he's still the "real" U.S. champ, too?> He wouldn't deign to claim so meager and insignificant a title. Besides, he has some views on America these days that make him want to put as much distance from us as possible.
May-24-07  russep: WHo's in the lead in this tournament?
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  chessmoron: It's over! Alexander Shabalov win the US crown.
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  RonB52734: <Mr. Patzer> Thanks for pointing out the errors. Let's consider them corrected by your post. My eyes got crossed trying to compile that from the table on Monroi. Tx again.
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Chessbase is so CRUEL!!!

<You have to go sixteen places down the list to hit on the first American sounding name.>

But so true. (-:

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  RonB52734: <chessbase is so CRUEL> or racist. My name is Scots-Irish. My middle name is French. Whose name is American-sounding? Sacageweia? Pocahontas?
May-25-07  Chess Classics: Hmm, according to chessbase, the first prize was $12,000. I seem to remember last year that it was $25,000. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that their sponsor withdrew? Just maybe?!


May-25-07  Pulse: <RonB52734: <chessbase is so CRUEL> or racist. My name is Scots-Irish. My middle name is French. Whose name is American-sounding? Sacageweia? Pocahontas?>

Well, would you say "Smith" is American-sounding? Or "Joe?" Speaking of which, congrats to Joe Bradford for his 4th IM norm!

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  RonB52734: <Chess Classics> Absolutely. This thing was a shadow of its former self.
May-25-07  MrPatzer: <You have to go sixteen places down the list to hit on the first American sounding name.> This will shock the brainiacs at, but there are plenty of native-born Americans with names like (for example) "Alex Stripunsky" who have never set foot in any other country.
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  RonB52734: <Mr. Patzer> This is my point. We are all immigrants or the children of immigrants, or else we are the descendants of Pocahontas or the like. Throughout American history there has always been some "us vs. them" mentality based on how many generations of your family have been here. To my ear, this is merely a form of racism. I've met Alex Shabalov, Alex Yermolinsky and Gregory Kaidanov. Nothing about them struck me as non-American.
May-25-07  Prugno: All this discussion in the last few posts is besides the point. There is nothing philosophical or ethnical in the ChessBase remark: they were merely pointing out the plain fact that 14 of the top finishers in the US Championship (the 15th is Nakamura, who learned chess in America althought born in Japan) were already very strong players when they left their home countries in the former Soviet Union (or Cuba in the case of Becerra), and therefore are not the product of US chess culture.
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  plang: I think the only point being made was that the majority of grandmasters currently in the US were not born in the US and, in fact, were already grandmasters when they came to the US.
May-25-07  pazzed paun: <Chess Classics> not only was a sponser lost from last year-(thanks to the gentleman who stepped up this year BTW) leaving a lower prize fund in an obscure goegraphic place, but the previous sponsers sole reason to exist is to promote chess--how do you lose a sponser like that?? scandal--in other things you would see a revolt, or buyout of the USCF? I wonder how the players felt about this tournament?
May-26-07  MrPatzer: It really shouldn't be hard to find a rich celebrity who's willing to put up his/her own money to sponsor the U.S. Championships. A lot of famous people like to associate themselves with "good causes," and we've all heard of celebrities who like to play chess. Plus, it would attract popular attention to the event.
May-29-07  Dr.Lecter: Seems like Shabalov will move up to about third in rating after this.
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