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US Chess Championship (Women) Tournament

Nazi Paikidze8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Tatev Abrahamyan8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Anna Zatonskih7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Katerina Nemcova6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Sabina-Francesca Foisor6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Irina Krush6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Ashritha Eswaran5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Jennifer R Yu5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Carissa Shiwen Yip4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Akshita Gorti4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Agata Bykovtsev3/11(+2 -7 =2)[games]
Alisa Melekhina1.5/11(+0 -8 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
US Chess Championship (Women) (2016)

Played in St. Louis, Missouri, USA 14-25 April 2016. Opening ceremony: Photo gallery: Crosstable:

Previous edition: US Championship (Women) (2015). Next: US Championship (Women) (2017). See also US Chess Championship (2016).

 page 3 of 3; games 51-66 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
51. K Nemcova vs Agata Bykovtsev ½-½562016US Chess Championship (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
52. I Krush vs Jennifer Yu ½-½822016US Chess Championship (Women)A06 Reti Opening
53. A Zatonskih vs T Abrahamyan 0-1242016US Chess Championship (Women)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
54. S Foisor vs N Paikidze  ½-½202016US Chess Championship (Women)E14 Queen's Indian
55. N Paikidze vs A Melekhina  1-0512016US Chess Championship (Women)A48 King's Indian
56. T Abrahamyan vs Akshita Gorti  1-0542016US Chess Championship (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
57. C Yip vs I Krush 1-0532016US Chess Championship (Women)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
58. Jennifer Yu vs A Zatonskih 1-0612016US Chess Championship (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
59. K Nemcova vs S Foisor  ½-½452016US Chess Championship (Women)C47 Four Knights
60. Agata Bykovtsev vs A Eswaran  0-1722016US Chess Championship (Women)B03 Alekhine's Defense
61. A Eswaran vs T Abrahamyan 1-0332016US Chess Championship (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
62. A Zatonskih vs C Yip  1-0442016US Chess Championship (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
63. S Foisor vs Agata Bykovtsev  1-0492016US Chess Championship (Women)E61 King's Indian
64. Akshita Gorti vs Jennifer Yu  ½-½432016US Chess Championship (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
65. I Krush vs N Paikidze 0-1642016US Chess Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
66. A Melekhina vs K Nemcova  0-1492016US Chess Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
 page 3 of 3; games 51-66 of 66  PGN Download
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  eternaloptimist: <Conrad93> Well her 3rd game is listed but CG has 2 entries for her. 1 is Carissa Shiwen Yip & the other 1 is Carissa Yip. Speaking of her, I'm really impressed w/ how she's played so far! She's only 12 years old & she got a draw vs the veteran Abrahamyan yesterday. She was losing that game but she hung in there & got a draw. She became a NM last year (the youngest American female to do so). Her rating is a little below 2200 now though. Btw Lenderman also has 2 entries in the standings.
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  GiuocoPianoMan: Someone please clarify for me- is an IM -male or female- rated higher than a WGM? Where can I see those ratings to understand this? Thanks!
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  alexmagnus: IM: rating of 2400 and three norms (TPR 2450)

WGM: rating of 2300 and three norms (TPR 2400).

So yes, IM is higher. Generally: all W-titles have requirements 200 points lower than the corresponding open titles, f.x. WGM 200 lower than GM.

Apr-17-16  notyetagm: <eternaloptimist: ... Her rating is a little below 2200 now though.>

Yip's USCF rating is over 2300.

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  GiuocoPianoMan: <ALEXMAGNUS> Thank you. I thought that was correct- What does TPR stand for?
Apr-18-16  breaker90: <GiuocoPianoMan: <ALEXMAGNUS> Thank you. I thought that was correct- What does TPR stand for?> Tournament Performance Rating.
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  eternaloptimist: <notyetagm> I was referring to her *FIDE* rating.: USCF ratings are inflated too much once a player's rating gets above 2100 or so...somewhere in that vicinity. I know she got a win vs GM Alexander Ivanov but he's clearly past his prime & he played poorly in that game. She's a talented player but she's not a strong enough player to have a 2300+ rating.
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  alexmagnus: Why are Yip's games under Carissa Shiwen Yip when she wins and under Carissa Yip when she doesn't?
Apr-21-16  sonia91: fixed the double entry "Aleksandr Lenderman " and "A Lenderman" in the open section, but not Carissa Yip's double entries in the women's...
Apr-22-16  notyetagm: Melekhina has lost 5 in a row(!) since she failed to win her winning position against Krush in Round 3

A Melekhina vs I Krush, 2016

Rounds 1-3: +0 =2 -1
Rounds 4-8: +0 =0 -5

If she had won her winning position against Krush, she would have been even after three rounds but instead she threw away her crushing position with a blunder at the time control. She seems to be unable to recover her composure after that tragedy now.

Apr-22-16  suenteus po 147: <notyetagm: Melekhina has lost 5 in a row(!)> It's what I've heard called "free fall" when a player is just spiraling into endless defeat. She needs a draw to staunch the bleeding and, as you say, "recover her composure."
Apr-22-16  notyetagm: <<notyetagm: Melekhina has lost 5 in a row(!)> It's what I've heard called "free fall" when a player is just spiraling into endless defeat. She needs a draw to staunch the bleeding and, as you say, "recover her composure.">

This is exactly why the Russians said back in the 60's that Larsen would never become World Champion, because he didn't know how to drain the life out of a position and force the draw.

Just imagine if Larsen had been able to force the draw in Games 2 or 4 of his match with Fischer, simply to slow Fischer's momentum.

Apr-22-16  waustad: How many of the youngsters will continue to play as they get older?
Apr-22-16  waustad: This tournament includes the #2 and #3 female U14 players in the world.
Apr-23-16  Caissanist: Melekhina is trying to continue playing at this level while also competing for a partnership at a top New York law firm. This is basically impossible, as her result so far confirms. The only thing surprising about it to me is that she was able to get a winning position against Krush.
Apr-23-16  suenteus po 147: The post-round 8 interview with Irina Krush was not what I expected. Krush was frankly displeased with her performance, both in the game and during the event so far. She was very unforgiving and even berated herself for not sealing the win against one of the tournament co-leaders. I suppose as the only GM in the field she feels enormous pressure to outperform everyone, though GM Ashley did try to highlight she's been playing strong chess (+3 after eight rounds being nothing to dismiss lightly). Krush wasn't having it. She does have a chance to turn things around. Her last three rounds give her games against Yu, Yip, and Paikidze. Yu and Yip *should* be excellent opportunities for Krush to push hard for wins, though both young ladies have shown great talent and a killer instinct in the tournament, which might be dangerous. Krush also has the chance to take down one of the tournament co-leaders, though that game must be the toughest she has left.
Apr-23-16  suenteus po 147: As Shahade just mentioned, there's remarkable symmetry in the standings between the women's and men's championships. 1st has 7/9, 2nd had 6.5, and there are two tied for third with 6, including the reigning champion in both standings (Krush and Nakamura).
Apr-24-16  notyetagm: <Caissanist: Melekhina is trying to continue playing at this level while also competing for a partnership at a top New York law firm. This is basically impossible, as her result so far confirms.>

Yep, making partner means you are working 16+ hours every day.

Apr-24-16  notyetagm: Damn, yesterday Anna Zatonskih dropped her queen against Tatev (A Zatonskih vs T Abrahamyan, 2016) and today she dropped a rook against Yu.

Looks like she needs to spend less time on openings and more time on the tactical trainers.

Apr-25-16  notyetagm: Tatev going down on the Black side of the Najdorf while Nazi is winning.
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  perfidious: The young Ashritha Eswaran has struck a critical blow from the middle of the crosstable in the final round with a win over Abrahamyan.
Apr-25-16  notyetagm: Looks like Nazi is going to be the new champion.
Apr-26-16  beenthere240: Krush has appeared to have run out of gas. Alas
Apr-26-16  notyetagm: <beenthere240: Krush has appeared to have run out of gas. Alas>

Great win for Nazi. She was the only undefeated player.

Apr-27-16  HSOL: Regarding Melekhina's sub-par performance: The notion that you can't be competitive, which here I would say is performing about 2300, while having worked very long hours outside chess for several months I just don't buy. That Melekhina can't do it, being a 2300 player at her best*, is perfectly understandable though.

* While 2300 being far better than I'll ever be, it is still nowhere near good enough to make a decent living as a professional chess player.

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