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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]
Irina Krush5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alisa Melekhina5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Tatev Abrahamyan4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Sabina-Francesca Foisor3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Rusudan Goletiani3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Iryna Zenyuk3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Yun Fan2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
Tsagaan Battsetseg2.5/9(+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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  turbo231: ANNA trapped RUSUDAN'S Queen in the middle of the board!
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  turbo231: A few games back she trapped Irina's rook!That girl is a trapper!
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  turbo231: When Anna trapped Irina's rook i wonder if Irina took her arm and knocked most of the pieces off the board like she did last year?
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  turbo231: You know Anna married the best chess player in Germany. I would say that he has taught her a few tricks. She seems to be a better player this year.
Oct-12-09  dx9293: I think Anna lulled her opponents to sleep to some extent: she has a young daughter, doesn't play many tournaments, and so on. They knew she was strong, but probably didn't expect such dominating form! It's clear she really did serious preparation for this event. Not only that, she hasn't even faced the tail-ender Yun Fan as of yet!

Irina Krush won the US Women's Championship with 9.5/10 in I think 1998. Now Anna has a chance to leave only a half-point for her competitors in a much stronger field.

Oct-12-09  theodor: <DCP23: <theodor: I think URSS was the abbreviation of the soviet union.> Yes it was -- in French. In English, it's USSR.> thanks, dear 'no bio' friend. indeed: the omnipresent ''SS'' is persisting!
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  HeMateMe: No Jennifer Shahade? Didn't she win this event about 3 years ago? I see her sometimes in instructional videos on another site.
Oct-13-09  dx9293: <HeMateMe> Jen is the Chess Life Online Editor (she has a real job!), so she very rarely plays anymore.
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  Robin01: Congratulations to Anna Zatonskih!!
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  Robin01: An incredible lack of draws in this tournament -- good fighting chess!
Oct-13-09  dumbgai: <Robin01> Draw rates tend to be low when the players are rated < 2600.
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  HeMateMe: <Jen is the Chess Life Online Editor (she has a real job!), so she very rarely plays anymore.>

She's a suit now? The hippie chick has joined the daaark side....

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  parmetd: Jen hardly has a real job.
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  Robin01: Melekhina 1
Tsagaan 0
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  whatthefat: Believe it or not, on a whim I decided to bet on draws in every game in rounds 6 and 7.

Every ticket lost. All 10 of them.

How often does that happen?!

Oct-13-09  walker: < whatthefat > Often at this level female chess
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  HeMateMe: <parmetd:>

You mean video editor at USCF isn't six figures?

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  ROADDOG: <whatthefat:>< Believe it or not, on a whim I decided to bet on draws in every game in rounds 6 and 7. Every ticket lost. All 10 of them.
How often does that happen?!>
Round 9:

How often does this happen in the last round of a tournament?

Anna Zatonskih - Yun Fan 1-0
Camilla Baginskaite - Sabina Francesca Foisor 1-0
Tatev Abrahamyan - Irina Krush 1-0
Alisa Melekhina - Tsagaan Battsetseg 1-0
Rusudan Goletiani - Iryna Zenyuk 1-0

<White wins all 5 games.> I'm glad I missed the betting deadline or I would have lost my shorts. I would've be for Anna to win, the rest draws.

Congrats to Anna Zatonskih for winning the Womens US Chess Championship 2009

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  Wild Bill: No draws in the last four rounds.

These ladies came to play chess. We salute them all.

Oct-13-09  Riverbeast: What is a 'real' job anyway?

I don't know how much it pays, but I bet a lot of chessplayers would love to do what Jen Shahade is doing

.....And Zatonskih went through these ladies like a hot knife through butter!

Last year, Irina Krush said Zatonskih didn't demonstrate any clear superiority over her in the tournament, which was probably true.

Maybe Zatonskih took that to heart...Because she definitely showed superiority over everyone this year

Congratulations, Anna!

Oct-13-09  dx9293: <Riverbeast> Yes, I think we can say that Anna was motivated this year, and not just by $15,000. She wanted to make a point. Wow, did she ever!

I know that this tournament doesn't compare in terms of caliber but...why am I reminded of Karpov's performance in the 1994 Linares tournament?

Oct-13-09  walker: <CG> You may be interested to include these players short CV's and pic's
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  Dionyseus: <nigelsnoru> <Unfortunately for the chess comparison, in SC the "quick fingers" aspect is the most important of the four. You will very rarely see a player in their mid-20's or older - too slow. Maybe bullet chess would be a better comparison. >

While having fast hands is crucial in Starcraft progaming I wouldn't say it's the most important requirement. Micromanagement, macromanagement, timing, knowledge of the current best builds and counters, and the ability to adapt are all abilities that I'd rank higher than fast hands.

I'm 27 and I don't feel that my hands are any slower than what they were ten years ago. So why is it that Starcraft champions go out of prime by their 20's? I think it's partly all in their heads. I think these stars are unwilling to adapt to new strategies that the new generations bring.

I also think that the original stars of Starcraft weren't as good as today's top players. Boxer was the first king of Starcraft but looking back at his games his macromanagement was awful and still is to this day.

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  whatthefat: <Dionyseus>

Starcraft fan, eh? I got back into it a couple of years ago, and realised how far the Koreans have gotten ahead! :)

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!!!

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