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US Championship Tournament

Samuel Shankland8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Fabiano Caruana8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Wesley So6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Ray Robson5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Jeffery Xiong5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Zviad Izoria5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Yaroslav Zherebukh4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Awonder Liang4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Alexander Onischuk3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
US Championship (2018)

The 2018 US Championship took place in St. Louis, Missouri from April 18th to April 29th. Samuel Shankland won with an undefeated score of 8.5/11, one-half point clear of Fabiano Caruana, himself one and one-half points clear of Wesley So.

Official site: http://www.uschesschamps.com/. Crosstable:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 GM Shankland 2671 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2 GM Caruana 2804 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 8 3 GM So 2786 * 1 1 6 =4 GM Nakamura 2787 * 0 1 5 =4 GM Robson 2660 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 5 =4 GM Lenderman 2599 0 * 0 1 1 5 =7 GM Xiong 2665 0 0 1 * 5 =7 GM Izoria 2599 0 1 1 0 * 0 5 =9 GM Akobian 2647 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 4 =9 GM Zherebukh 2640 0 0 0 1 * 4 =9 GM Liang 2552 0 0 1 0 * 4 12 GM Onischuk 2672 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

Previous edition: US Championship (2017). See also US Championship (Women) (2018).

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Zherebukh vs W So 0-1532018US ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Onischuk vs Akobian 0-1252018US ChampionshipA84 Dutch
3. Nakamura vs Robson  ½-½332018US ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
4. A Liang vs Caruana ½-½522018US ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. J Xiong vs Z Izoria ½-½622018US ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
6. Lenderman vs S Shankland  ½-½412018US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Nakamura vs Y Zherebukh ½-½332018US ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
8. Robson vs Z Izoria  1-0402018US ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. Akobian vs A Liang 1-0352018US ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. W So vs Onischuk 1-0452018US ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
11. S Shankland vs J Xiong ½-½302018US ChampionshipA10 English
12. Caruana vs Lenderman 1-0232018US ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
13. Y Zherebukh vs Robson 1-0512018US ChampionshipD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. J Xiong vs Caruana 0-1492018US ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
15. Lenderman vs Akobian  ½-½692018US ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Onischuk vs Nakamura  ½-½402018US ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
17. A Liang vs W So  ½-½572018US ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
18. Z Izoria vs S Shankland 0-1342018US ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Caruana vs Z Izoria 0-1822018US ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Nakamura vs A Liang  ½-½322018US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Robson vs S Shankland 0-1442018US ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. Akobian vs J Xiong  ½-½482018US ChampionshipD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
23. W So vs Lenderman  ½-½462018US ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
24. Y Zherebukh vs Onischuk  ½-½302018US ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Onischuk vs Robson  ½-½512018US ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
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May-01-18  BOSTER: <Sam Shankland score of +6 was solid>. Let's see.
Game Izoria vs Shankland.


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White to play move 31.After 31.Qf3 draw in 4 moves. White sac the pawn playing Be4 and lost the game. Game Robson vs Shankland.


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White to play 17.
After simple 17.Nxc4 white is better. It was difficult to loose the game with such strong Gorvits bishops Bc2 and Be5.

May-01-18
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  Sally Simpson: I'm thinking it was 'solid' in the sense he was not losing in the two examples given above.

I liked the Robson game.


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Not playing 30.Qxd1+ here which would require some nifty only move King foot work by Black to avoid the perpetual after 31.Kh2 Re6....If he can.

And 30...Qxd1+ 31Kh2 Kg7 32.Qe7+ is a definite perpetual.

Black shunned the piece to keep the Queen on the dark diagonal and make the game easier to play OTB. That is solid play.

Robson vs S Shankland, 2018

May-01-18
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  Dionysius1: Hi <BOSTER>. Glad we agree that solid isn't the right adjective, though for different reasons
May-01-18
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  Dionysius1: Sorry to bother you again <BOSTER>. What are Gorvits bishops?
May-01-18  BOSTER: < Dionysius1> <Glad we agree>. Thanks. This tour has many "puzzles".It is not easy understand how Onischuk lost the ending with R and B vs R and N. Or why he didn't sac the knight after 23...f6 for 3 pawns to open black king playing 24.Qxh6.
May-01-18  BOSTER: <Dionysius1 >><Gorvits>.Really this is my mistake.Two bishops working in tandem on adjacent diagonals are known as <Horwitz>.
May-01-18
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  Jambow: <Write an article for you local paper (or these days website). There was no chess in the Edinburgh Evening News.>

Good advice actually perhaps I need to get busy... Grammerly here I come ;0]

May-01-18
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  Gypsy: <<Gorvits>.Really this is my mistake.Two bishops working in tandem on adjacent diagonals are known as <Horwitz>.>

This looks like a case of a fairly common mishap: Russian language does not use 'h' and maps foreign 'h' into 'g'. Thus, for instance, Georg Hegel can easily become Georg Gegel if translated into Russian and then out again.

May-02-18
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  ajile: <Sally Simpson: Prize money>

TY.

May-02-18
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  Dionysius1: Thanks <BOSTER>, <Gypsy>. I hadn't heard of Horwitz bishops.
May-02-18
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  Lupara: In his book My System, Nimzowitsch refers to two bishops on adjacent diagonals aimed at the enemy castled position as "Horwitz Bishops."
May-02-18  nok: <Russian language does not use 'h' and maps foreign 'h' into 'g'. Thus, for instance, Georg Hegel can easily become Georg Gegel>

You wouldn't know how many people misname Harry Kasparov.

May-02-18  BOSTER: Julio Becerras has written an article where <Janowski Bishops> show tactical brilliance.
May-02-18  Pedro Fernandez: <<Lupara>: In his book My System, Nimzowitsch refers to two bishops on adjacent diagonals aimed at the enemy castled position as "Horwitz Bishops."> Yeah , "Horwitz Bishops exerts certain pressure over king castling, and in some cases such a formation could be dangerous. For beginners, I leave a couple of examples (aiming the black king, of course):


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'and' also


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May-03-18  BOSTER: Famous game Rotlewi vs Rubinstein ,1907 shows how Horwitz Bishops command the whole board. Maybe new computer era changed the beauty in chess. At least I didn't see it in US Champ.
May-03-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <BOSTER> Another great 'Horwitz Bishops Game' is Aronian vs Anand, 2013, which had many similarities with that famous Rothlewi-Rubinstein game.
May-04-18
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  Domdaniel: "Gorvitz Bishops" are senior clerics in the church of Gorvitz.
May-05-18  BOSTER: Variations. Theme: <Gorvits>. Study by V.Gorvits


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White to move and win.

May-10-18
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  Domdaniel: <HeMateMe> -- <put the chessplayers on an island, and have them fight it out ...'.Survivor' style, for food, women...>

Or, if they are so inclined, for "food, men ..."

May-10-18  john barleycorn: < Domdaniel: <HeMateMe> -- <put the chessplayers on an island, and have them fight it out ...'.Survivor' style, for food, women...>

Or, if they are so inclined, for "food, men ...">

2 great minds sorting it out. When will the 3rd one show up and mention "food, dogs in the streets ..."?

May-10-18
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  Domdaniel: <john barleycorn> ... as a former dog, I feel I should say something.

Bow wow.

Arf arf.

Grf.

May-10-18  john barleycorn: <Domdaniel> I understand. A friend of mine has an Irish border dog.
May-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: During an interview early on in the tournament, Shankland said that he thought that the way to win the championship ahead of the "Big Three" was to beat them, not to draw them and score better against the other players than they did. Ironically, the latter is exactly what he ended up doing. Of course it wouldn't have worked if Caruana hadn't gone nuts against Izoria.
May-11-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <FSR: During an interview early on in the tournament, Shankland said that he thought that the way to win the championship ahead of the "Big Three" was to beat them, not to draw them and score better against the other players than they did.>

Not a very helpful strategy for us, since you have to be able to beat the big three in the first place. Reminds me of: The way to get rich is to buy low, sell high!

Or the opposite, by Richard Branson: How to become a millionaire? Easy, start off as a billionaire and go into the aviation business.

May-12-18
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  Boomie: <Or, if they are so inclined, for "food, men ...">

And in hard times, men for food.

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