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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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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-30-18  Pedro Fernandez: In his seminal book "My Best Games" there is game where Alekhine hunts a horse in twelve moves! Look at there. But also Fischer gave his queen!
Apr-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: Dear <Pedro Fernandez> What I like about Caruana is he's definitely raised the level of his game over lets say, 2 years ago. There's a certain grimness to his play, an increased stubbornness, a desire to seek nothing but a win

I think Caruana will pose a most formidable challenge to Carlsen, mainly because thats the way Carlsen plays! This should be a bitter struggle

Apr-30-18  Bobwhoosta: <Dionysius1>

Scintillating might be my word. It was a great performance, especially considering how closely he was pursued by Caruana, and how calmly he engineered the score.

He missed almost no chances the entire tournament.

"Strong" is another, perhaps more mundane word.

Apr-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Prize money

1st $50,000
2nd $35,000
3rd $25,000
4th $20,000
5th $15,000
6th $10,000
7th $9,000
8th $8,000
9th $7,000
10th $6,000
11th $5,000
12th $4,000

https://www.uschesschamps.com/2018-...

Apr-30-18  Bobwhoosta: <Sally Simpson>

Read: Sam's buying the drinks!!!

Apr-30-18  blueofnoon: It's funny that while United States is one of the strongest chess countries in the world right now with 4 2700+ players, yet none of my friends from U.S. knows the fact that one of their compatriots is playing for the world championship this year. Chess deserves more attention in America.
Apr-30-18  jphamlore: According to the following mysterious sentence on the web site:

https://www.uschesschamps.com/2018-...

<Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $194,000 in prize money, qualification into the World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2018 U.S. Champion.>

That seems to be implying at least Shankland is now qualified for World Cup 2019. I'm not so sure. I believe the United States is Zone 2.1. So far Shankland is not listed among the known qualifiers for World Cup 2019 on Wikipedia, not that means much.

I continue to shake my head at a sport organization that is incapable of stating on their web site what exactly are the stakes the players are playing for.

May-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Here's solid in the right context <At the Chess Olympiad (2014), [Saric] went a solid +5,-2,=4> Ivan Saric
May-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: <blueofnoon> Our media is to blame. Yes it bothers me too.
May-01-18  HeMateMe: We HAVE to have some better PR. I say we put the chessplayers on an island, and have them fight it out 'Survivor' style, for food, women, getting voted off the island. Let's go loin cloths and Lord of the Flies, the Full Monty! Televise the proceedings for our 'Chess Survivor' and split the profits among the contestants and the USA chess federation.
May-01-18  Rama: What we need are cheerleaders like the Dallas Cowboys. THAT would get the attention of the networks. :)
May-01-18  dangerhump: One of the biggest surprises of the tournament is what a punching bag Onischuk was. He is normally a very solid player and last year played very well.
May-01-18  Lupara: <jphamlore> <"I continue to shake my head at a sport organization that is incapable of stating on their web site what exactly are the stakes the players are playing for.">

Wait a minute, it stated exactly what the stakes were on the uschamps.com website and you quoted it verbatim and somehow you fail to understand what exactly are the stakes?!

You also question whether Sam Shankland qualified for the Chess World Cup 2019 because he is not listed on the Wikipedia site for Chess World Cup 2019.

Tell you what, go back to the Wikipedia site for the Chess World Cup 2019:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess...

and place your mouse cursor/pointer over Z2.1 under the section titled "Qualification Paths" and tell us who's photo pops up? Yes indeed, its a photo of Sam Shankland! And if you click on the Z2.1 link it will take you to the Wikipedia page for U.S Chess Championship, which indicates Sam Shankland is the current US Chess Champion. Just so.

Rather than finding excuses to needlessly criticize the current state of the US chess organization, do a bit of nominal research before spouting off.

May-01-18  SugarDom: <Rather than finding excuses to needlessly criticize the current state of the US chess organization, do a bit of nominal research before spouting off.>

That's because the Indian Chess Federation is doing so well with Anand refusing to represent them at the Olympiads. Lol.

May-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  denopac: It would normally be the 2019 Zonal results that are used for qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. That's exactly how it worked in 2017 (Zonal 2016 results were not used for qualification purposes for 2017). It is true that some events promote qualifiers over two years, but in the recent past this has not included the Zonals. Perhaps FIDE has changed the rules for 2019, but there's nothing on their site to indicate that they have done so.
May-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: "Rather than finding excuses to needlessly criticize the current state of the US chess organization, do a bit of nominal research before spouting off."

I would never put it as sharp as that but if anybody is not happy with the way things are being run then there is nothing stopping them from standing for election for these offices themselves.

It is the same with lack of media coverage.

Write an article for you local paper (or these days website). There was no chess in the Edinburgh Evening News.

I flooded them with details every week. Pretty soon there was a regular column.

Basically what I'm saying is if you are not happy with something and it is within your power to do something about it...and <Jambow> you write quite well, there is no reason why you could knock out a readable, entertaining article other than agree there is no media coverage.

Tip 1. If it gets published then ask your friends, relations and workmates to write in saying how much they liked it.

Tip2. If you have no friends, relations or workmates then on purpose put in a small factual error. Some nit-pickers will pounce on it and write in which in turn gives you the chance to reply.

Tip 3 if no nit-pickers write in do another saying 90% of female chess players have abortions so it won't affect their playing careers. That will do it....big time!

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Hi <BOSTER>. Glad we agree that solid isn't the right adjective, though for different reasons
May-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: <Sally Simpson: Prize money>

TY.

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