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US Championship Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Fabiano Caruana7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Wesley So6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Samuel Sevian6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Samuel Shankland5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Jeffery Xiong5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Awonder Liang5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Timur Gareyev4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Ray Robson3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
US Championship (2019)

The 2019 U.S. Championship was a 12-player round-robin featuring the strongest players in the USA, who competed for $194,000 in prize money as well as the coveted title of U.S. Champion. If two or more players tied for first place a playoff would be held. For the 11th consecutive year the Saint Louis Chess Club was hosting the event. Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. Draw offers not allowed before move 30. (1)

Hikaru Nakamura won clear first with 8/11. Crosstable:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Nakamura 2746 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 =2 Caruana 2828 * 1 1 1 1 7 =2 Dominguez 2739 * 1 1 1 1 7 =4 So 2762 * 0 1 1 6 =4 Sevian 2642 0 0 * 1 1 1 6 6 Shankland 2731 * 0 1 5 =7 Xiong 2663 0 0 1 * 1 0 5 =7 Liang 2590 0 1 0 * 1 0 5 =9 Lenderman 2637 0 0 0 * 4 =9 Akobian 2625 0 0 0 0 * 1 4 =9 Gareyev 2557 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 4 12 Robson 2667 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 3

Official site: https://uschesschamps.com/2019-us-c.... Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/nak.... TWIC: http://theweekinchess.com/chessnews...

Previous edition: US Championship (2018). Women's section: US Championship (Women) (2019)

(1) chess24: 2019 U.S. Championship https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Gareyev vs J Xiong 0-1382019US ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
2. S Sevian vs Caruana ½-½432019US ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
3. Nakamura vs W So ½-½322019US ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. S Shankland vs Robson  ½-½492019US ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Akobian vs L Dominguez  ½-½332019US ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. A Liang vs Lenderman ½-½1202019US ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. W So vs T Gareyev 1-0862019US ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Lenderman vs Nakamura  ½-½302019US ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. Caruana vs Robson ½-½382019US ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
10. S Sevian vs A Liang 1-0772019US ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. J Xiong vs Akobian ½-½492019US ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
12. L Dominguez vs S Shankland  ½-½302019US ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. A Liang vs Caruana ½-½342019US ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Robson vs L Dominguez 0-1512019US ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. T Gareyev vs Lenderman ½-½762019US ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
16. S Shankland vs J Xiong 0-1412019US ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
17. Akobian vs W So ½-½402019US ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
18. Nakamura vs S Sevian 1-0492019US ChampionshipA28 English
19. Caruana vs L Dominguez ½-½852019US ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. J Xiong vs Robson 0-1452019US ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
21. S Sevian vs T Gareyev ½-½1172019US ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Lenderman vs Akobian  ½-½382019US ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. W So vs S Shankland ½-½312019US ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. A Liang vs Nakamura  ½-½312019US ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Robson vs W So ½-½272019US ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-01-19  Jambow: <AylerKupp> I think action speak for themselves. Again were people fleeing Cuba at severe risk of death before Castro as they have and do after Castro? Before communistic dictatorships vs post Marxist utopia? A cold and ebola are both not good, but to what degree? Are 1 to the power of 1 and 1 to the power of 6 the same? They are after all both numbers.

Like I said before the humanists build walls and stop people from fleeing, that isn't hard to mentally organize I would hope.

I have a friend who was a mission in Eastern Russia and the remnants of heneous cruelty and massive death are still visible to this very day. No ideaology has led to the slaying of more people in the past century than adherants of Marxism have. That would include ALL religions throughout ALL of recorded HIStory...

That being said welcome to America Bruzon and Dominguez... I will wait to hear from you two before drawing conclusions.

Go Nakamura!!!

Apr-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mendrys: <Jambow: ...No ideaology has led to the slaying of more people in the past century than adherants of Marxism have. That would include ALL religions throughout ALL of recorded HIStory...

That being said welcome to America Bruzon and Dominguez... I will wait to hear from you two before drawing conclusions.>

All of this from collecting taxes to pay for the social constructs that have always (at least almost always) existed in this Republic? About that wall....

Please though, this doesn't belong on this page and I know I'm guilty now as well.

Apr-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Regardless of what one may think of Cuba (and yes, that's for a different page), one thing is clear: having moved from Cuba to the US, a player won't easily be able to keep playing for the Cuban team, given the Cold War time warp between the two countries.
Apr-01-19
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  HeMateMe: have times changed in Cuba where a sportsman can leave (not escape) and is free to return, can come and go? That doesn't sound much like communist Cuba to me, Fidel or no.
Apr-01-19
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  parmetd: <beatgiant> Kinda the whole FIDE point of Federations is to prevent someone from playing for two countries' national teams at once.
Apr-01-19  devere: <AylerKupp:> I have never visited either Cuba or North Korea. There are a dwindling number of communist dictatorships in the world, and I think I will skip them in favor of other tourism opportunities. The closest I have come is visiting Albania and touring the memorials in Tirana to the victims of their former communist regime. That was an enlightening experience.

But you have the honor of being of Cuban descent. Cuba reportedly refused entry to Alekhine in 1940, but they probably would let you spend your retirement years there. It must be tiresome for you to live your life in Europe, a continent that is now 100% capitalist-- even Russia is now capitalist! What a great opportunity moving to Cuba would be for you. Don't pass it up!

If I live long enough maybe someday I will be able to visit Cuba and tour the memorials in Havana to the victims of their former communist regime. I hope so!

As for Leinier Dominguez Perez, I am confident that civilized Europeans don't want to condemn him to a life of slavery under communism. You just don't want him to help the USA! It must be galling to watch our wild-west cowboy republic excel by collecting some of the best brains from the rest of the world. Carnegie, Tesla, Einstein, von Neumann, von Braun, Musk, So, Dominguez, the list goes on and on. As long as the USA needs a wall to keep people out and not in, we are doing OK. But I am no longer confident how long that will remain the case.

Apr-01-19
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  beatgiant: <parmetd>
<Kinda the whole FIDE point of Federations is to prevent someone from playing for two countries' national teams at once.>

We were not discussing <two teams at once>. The original question was, could he have kept playing for Cuba (and only Cuba) while residing in the US.

I don't think that would violate any FIDE rules. I do think he would have a lot of inconvenience traveling between the two countries due to the various travel and trade restrictions in place. I'm not sure whether Cuba would view him as a "defector" and stop inviting him to its championships, Olympiad teams etc.

Apr-02-19
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  Sokrates: <AylerKupp: <Sokrates> 1-2 p. below these three must be a very disappointing result for So.>

<Oh, I don't know. Tying for 3rd place with Sevian should not be considered a disappointing result. I for one would be thrilled to be able to say that about myself.>

So would I, indeed, but I am not Wesley So, which makes it rather irrelevant what would "thrill" me, an amateur player from Denmark.

Further, I know it has been discussed widely here, and I certainly don't want to reopen than can, but with my primitive sense of logic you can't be at 3rd place with 3 players above you. Theoretically, with that definition you could have an infinite number of players above you, as long as they were sectioned with two sets of equal points. I am sure it fits in with some kind of logic, but to me it makes no sense whatsoever.

Apr-02-19  torrefan: He is tied for 4th, not 3rd. He is not called Wesley the IV for no reason
Apr-02-19
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  SugarDom: He finished 4.5 th
Apr-02-19
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  AylerKupp: <<beatgiant> The original question was, could he have kept playing for Cuba (and only Cuba) while residing in the US.>

As far as FIDE is concerned, sure. There are many players representing federations of countries other than the ones that they live in.

And I don't think that Dominguez's case is any different. The Cuban federation does not accept Dominguez's change of federation or his playing for a country other than Cuba. So presumably they would allow him to represent Cuba regardless of where he lives. But maybe they wouldn't if he didn't return. I mentioned earlier that if the player's federation does not approve his transfer to a new federation, the player can still transfer provided that the necessary fees are paid. So the player's old federation has no effective way of blocking the transfer.

This case might be a little different because of the current US embargo on private citizens doing business with Cuba. It is therefore unclear how the necessary fees would be transferred to Cuba from, say, private parties from the US. Presumably the US Government could do so, but I'm not sure how that could be justified. Not that it really mattered.

And no one seems to have asked how Dominguez came to the US and his residency status seems to be unclear. It is not clear to me how a player who makes his living playing chess was admitted to the US, particularly since he claims to have needed a rest from chess for personal reasons and therefore had no clear means of support.

I guess some questions are best not asked.

Apr-02-19
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  AylerKupp: <Sokrates>, <torrefan>, <Sugardom> All 3 of you missed my sarcasm in emulating the various <So>bots which, in circumstances like this, have maintained that So finished in 3rd place because there were only 2 <scores> above him. If he had the lowest score and everyone above him had finished with the same score, they would insist that he had finished in 2nd place (!)

I guess they lack <Sokrates>'s primitive sense of logic. And, frankly, I'm somewhat surprised that none of the <So>bots pointed his "3rd place" finish before I did.

Apr-02-19  Nina Myers: <various <So>bots> One word to describe them all:

Faili-pee-nooos

Apr-02-19
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  beatgiant: <AylerKupp>
<fees>
It's detailed on a FIDE page here: https://ratings.fide.com/fedchange.... It lists a transfer fee of 3500 Euros for him, but it doesn't say whether any of the funds went to Cuba.

<residency status> He would need to show US residency status for FIDE to approve the federation change.

I think further discussion about his situation would be better on his own page here: Leinier Dominguez Perez

Apr-02-19  john barleycorn: < torrefan: He is tied for 4th, not 3rd. He is not called Wesley the IV for no reason>

Wethley the Fourth as he would say.

Apr-02-19
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Aylerkupp,

You have to try and keep up.

The mistake about placings came from Wesley himself. This time the Sobot Robots (and I'll happily be called one) were not to blame.

It stemmed from here. Tata Steel Masters (2018)

Anish Giri 9/13
Magnus Carlsen 9/13

Vladimir Kramnik 8.5/13
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 8.5/13

Viswanathan Anand 8/13
Wesley So 8/13

Wes said he finished 3rd. Wesley So (kibitz #214232)

There followed Wes trying to explain his mistake, typo or what ever. (it appears some of the posts questioning this have been removed.)

I tried to make sense of it chipping in with.

OOPS!

Saw what you said, and right away knew what you meant. Confusion seems to be Magnus and Anish shared 1st and 2nd prize (the first block) Kramnik and Mamedyarov share 3rd and 4th (the 2nd block) You and Vishy 5th and 6th prize money (the 3rd block) No harm done.

One needs to take care when posting here, more care than when playing an actual game. This place is the Mecca of Nit-Pickers.

Wesley So (kibitz #214288)

There followed sound advice on how he could have won the Candidates but to no avail.

***

Apr-02-19
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  Sokrates: <AylerKupp> Yes, I missed your sarcasm and I still can't detect it in your response to my statement about So. I was unaware of being part of an underlying discussion. Probably because I don't visit So's site and both mechanically and psychologically do my best to ignore the nonsense of "So-Bots".
Apr-03-19  devere: <beatgiant:
<fees>
It's detailed on a FIDE page here: https://ratings.fide.com/fedchange.... It lists a transfer fee of 3500 Euros for him, but it doesn't say whether any of the funds went to Cuba.>
<residency status> <He would need to show US residency status for FIDE to approve the federation change.>

Since the 2019 US championship was a FIDE zonal tournament, someone would have had to pay the 3500 Euro transfer fee to FIDE and the 50000 Euro compensation fee to Cuba before Dominguez could be allowed to participate. The fact the the transfer fee was 3500 and not 5000 Euros (as it was for Wesley So) is because Dominguez has lived in Miami for more than one year. Someone with deep pockets probably helped out, and in the absence of any information Rex Sinquefield will get the credit, even if it was actually someone else!

Apr-03-19
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  beatgiant: <devere>
I was about to post a reply, but I found myself involuntarily having heretical thoughts about Elon Musk and Cuba. I'd better stop before you call me a European or flag me for trolling ;-)
Apr-03-19  devere: < beatgiant: <devere> I was about to post a reply, but I found myself involuntarily having heretical thoughts about Elon Musk and Cuba. I'd better stop before you call me a European or flag me for trolling ;-)>

You are entitled to your own thoughts and opinions. But of course the post I am quoting is a good example of trolling. LOL

Apr-03-19
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  parmetd: So let's see. Ww had 5 world cup spots... But they require a plus score... Nakamura, So and Caruana were already qualified. So Sevian and Dominguez.... Get one and three go to the Continental... Did I get that right? If so ouch...
Apr-04-19
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  AylerKupp: <beatgiant> I think further discussion about his situation would be better on his own page here: Leinier Dominguez Perez

I agree, so I've posted my comment to your first statement there.

Apr-04-19
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  AylerKupp: <<devere> The fact the transfer fee was 3500 and not 5000 Euros (as it was for Wesley So) is because Dominguez has lived in Miami for more than one year.>

If interested, see my discussion of possible issues on the Dominguez federation transfer situation (as well as other possible issues) in the Leinier Dominguez Perez page.

As far as the post you're quoting being <a good example of trolling>, well, you're certainly entitled to your opinion, and I certainly won't argue with you about it.

Apr-04-19
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  AylerKupp: <<Sally Simpson> You have to try and keep up. The mistake about placings came from Wesley himself. This time the Sobot Robots (and I'll happily be called one) were not to blame.>

Oh, I try to keep up but that's not always possible. In this case I did know that "Wesley So" was apparently the first one to mention this inaccuracy in Wesley So (kibitz #214232), Wesley So (kibitz #214253), and Wesley So (kibitz #214264) but since there have been various posts in the Wesley So page that are uncharacteristically rude for him (e.g. the "Anyway, what it is to you?" in the last link) that I believe that only the typically gracious first post originated with him but the other two posts were made by a <So>bot that has been given (or hacked into) access to masquerade as him on the Wesley So page. And there have been no other posts rightfully attributed to So on this subject since the first post, so I am more than willing to attribute his statement about tying with Vishy for third place to a temporary moment of confusion.

And after this various <So>bots kept bringing the same subject up on various other later tournaments and trying to justify their "primitive logic" by inappropriate reasoning. And they never answered my questions as to where the extra money would come from if 2 players that "tied" for second place were each awarded the 2nd place prize money instead of splitting the prize money for 2nd and 3rd place and if 2 players that "tied" for third place in the same tournament were then each awarded the 3rd place prize money instead of splitting the 4th and 5th prize money.

So yes, I am firmly convinced that the <So>bots are to blame for continue to propagate this absurdity.

And perhaps you misunderstand what it means to be a <So>bot. It does not mean that you are a Wesley So fan (after all, I am also) but that you mindlessly regurgitate nonsensical statement to rationalize reasons why So may not have met their usually unrealistic expectations in a particular tournament, when such rationalizations are not needed. Therefore I would suggest that you happily call yourself a So fan but not a <So>bot. Because you are certainly not a <So>bot in the sense that I described.

Apr-09-19
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  parmetd: To correct myself, we had six world cup spots. Dominguez and Sevian got one... So *4* go to the Continental...
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