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US Women's Chess Championship Tournament

Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih8.5/9(+8 -0 =1)[games]
Camilla Baginskaite6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alisa Melekhina5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Irina Krush5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Tatev Abrahamyan4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Rusudan Goletiani3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Sabina-Francesca Foisor3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Iryna Zenyuk3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Tsagaan Battsetseg2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
Yun Fan2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
US Women's Chess Championship (2009)

Held in St. Louis, MO 3-13 Oct 2009.

Previous edition: US Women's Championship (2008). Next: USA Women Championship (2010). See also US Championship (2009).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yun Fan vs S Foisor  0-1742009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
2. I Zenyuk vs A Zatonskih 0-1392009US Women's Chess ChampionshipA90 Dutch
3. T Battsetseg vs R Goletiani  0-1412009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. I Krush vs A Melekhina ½-½232009US Women's Chess ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
5. C Baginskaite vs T Abrahamyan 1-0292009US Women's Chess ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
6. A Zatonskih vs T Battsetseg 1-0332009US Women's Chess ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. R Goletiani vs I Krush 0-1912009US Women's Chess ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
8. A Melekhina vs C Baginskaite  ½-½432009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. S Foisor vs T Abrahamyan  ½-½382009US Women's Chess ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
10. Yun Fan vs I Zenyuk  0-1602009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. T Abrahamyan vs A Melekhina  0-1422009US Women's Chess ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
12. C Baginskaite vs R Goletiani  ½-½332009US Women's Chess ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
13. I Krush vs A Zatonskih 0-1282009US Women's Chess ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. T Battsetseg vs Yun Fan 1-01012009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. I Zenyuk vs S Foisor 0-1462009US Women's Chess ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. S Foisor vs A Melekhina 0-1552009US Women's Chess ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
17. R Goletiani vs T Abrahamyan  ½-½542009US Women's Chess ChampionshipA15 English
18. A Zatonskih vs C Baginskaite  ½-½412009US Women's Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. Yun Fan vs I Krush  ½-½392009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. I Zenyuk vs T Battsetseg  ½-½462009US Women's Chess ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
21. A Melekhina vs R Goletiani  ½-½462009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
22. T Abrahamyan vs A Zatonskih 0-1572009US Women's Chess ChampionshipC24 Bishop's Opening
23. C Baginskaite vs Yun Fan 1-0552009US Women's Chess ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
24. I Krush vs I Zenyuk  ½-½452009US Women's Chess ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. T Battsetseg vs S Foisor  1-0902009US Women's Chess ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
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Oct-14-09  Jason Frost: <Dionyseus> Completely agree

But, anyway, back to the tournament, Anna now has a ridiculous 8.5/9 with a round to go!!!

Oct-14-09  DiscoJew: go Anna
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  HeMateMe: Baginskaite lives in South Dakota, not a hotbead of chess (but I bet you can find an affordable apartment!). How do you train, living in S.D.? Do everything through the internet, maybe have webcam to work with a stronger player? She was close to Ana Z for a little while, but Anna was on a mission.
Oct-14-09  redwhitechess: Anna success can be related to her opportunity to play in Europe more than other girls.
Oct-14-09  zoren: On the SC comments, I think the strategies sometimes need to be implemented with immaculate micro, or it wont work, but they aren't necessarily exclusive from each other. Timing, macro, and micro, are all necessary components of a successful strategy.

This is why I prefer chess, since it is turned base, and the execution of a correct strategy wont get goofed up.

Oct-14-09  ROADDOG: <Jason Frost:> But, anyway, back to the tournament, <Anna now has a ridiculous 8.5/9 with a round to go!!!>

Hello Jason Frost. Fortunately for the other women, Round nine was the last round. Anna dominated the tournament.

Oct-14-09  Jason Frost: <ROADDOG> That's disappointing. But still ridiculously good and probably the best performance ever in the U.S. Women's Championship, better than Krush's 8.5/9 against a weaker field.
Oct-14-09  DiscoJew: Congrats Anna!
Does anyone know Anna Z's performance rating for this fantastic showing?
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  parmetd: It was exactly 2800 at 7.5/8 but in the last round she beat a 1900 so its probably still around 2800.
Oct-14-09  Sydro: 2785 performance rating.
Oct-14-09  drknightley: I realize Zatonskih wasn't able to participate in most of the "Open" US Chess Championship earlier, but I think it can be fair to say that she is one for two when competing in US Chess Championships this year. :)
Oct-14-09  turbo231: Yes she had gallstones,she had to fly back to germany to have her gallbladder removed. Been there done that.
Oct-14-09  whatthefat: I calculated a 2765 FIDE performance.
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  parmetd: You guys suck at math since the performance rating is 2817
Oct-14-09  AnalyzeThis: Whatever it is, it's inflated. Nevertheless, it was an excellent performance.
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  parmetd: True but consider that only one of these other females was within 150 pts of her rating.
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  HeMateMe: I don't know if its here or in
Europe, but wasn't there a tournament where the winner of the women's section was given a spot in the men's draw the following year?
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  parmetd: yes sadly they do that here... its pathetic cause it gives a spot to an unqualified contender.
Oct-14-09  whatthefat: <parmetd: You guys suck at math since the performance rating is 2817>

Right, and how did you calculate that? Which algorithm did you use?

Oct-14-09  hellopolgar: <whatthefat>

the algorithm is called addition...


Oct-15-09  Caissanist: The performance rating appears to have been calculated using the current USCF algorithm, which is different from FIDE's.

Oct-15-09  whatthefat: <hellopolgar>

Brilliant. And how did you calculate the +325?

Not to mention the fact that you're referring to a USCF rating performance, whereas I calculated the FIDE performance.

Oct-16-09  A Karpov Fan: if only i had been Yun fan first -lol-
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  eternaloptimist: Well, Zatonskih definitely proved she is the strongest women's player in the U.S. this year. Last year it was debatable because blitz games decided who won it. I think that Krush did every bit as good as her last year. It was too bad that she had to have such a tough "loss" in that last blitz game. There was a very controversial ending to it. They should have either had both of them tie for first or had longer time controls in all of the tiebreaker games. I'm sure that she wanted to really prove that she is the strongest women's player in the U.S. this year & that she definitely did. She won almost every game! U would have to go way back to find someone who had a better perf. rating than she did this year.
Nov-02-09  Chessforeva: 3D games:
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