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Chessmaster US Championship 2005 Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Alexander Stripunsky7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Joel Benjamin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Gregory Kaidanov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Yury Shulman6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Alexander Onischuk6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Grigory Serper6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Sergey Kudrin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Goldin5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Julio Becerra Rivero5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Fishbein5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Aleksander Wojtkiewicz5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Boris Gulko5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Ildar Ibragimov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alex Yermolinsky5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Ivanov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Alexander Shabalov5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Cyrus Lakdawala5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Renier Gonzalez5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Dmitry Gurevich5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Larry Christiansen5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Lev Milman5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Benjamin Finegold5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Nick de Firmian5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Levon Altounian5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Yury Lapshun5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Salvijus Bercys5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Eugene Perelshteyn5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Igor Novikov5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Ronald Burnett4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
(64 players total; 32 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Chessmaster US Championship 2005

The tournament was called the 2005 Championship, for legal reasons. (1) Sponsored by Chessmaster (Computer), it took place in San Diego, California from 24 November - 4 December 2004.

Previous edition: US Championship (2003). Next: US Championship (2006).

(1) Wikipedia article: U.S. Chess Championship

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 288  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Kraai vs Kamsky ½-½372004Chessmaster US Championship 2005B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. Kaidanov vs T Enkhbat 1-0312004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. I Krush vs Goldin 0-1402004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. Gulko vs M Martinez  1-0262004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. J Friedel vs I Novikov  0-1582004Chessmaster US Championship 2005B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. Shabalov vs A Zatonskih 0-1572004Chessmaster US Championship 2005C02 French, Advance
7. L Milman vs Onischuk  0-1422004Chessmaster US Championship 2005C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Nakamura vs S Muhammad 1-0282004Chessmaster US Championship 2005C78 Ruy Lopez
9. A Lein vs I Ibragimov  0-1522004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. V Akobian vs R Burnett  1-0612004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E41 Nimzo-Indian
11. D Zilberstein vs Yermolinsky  ½-½252004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Stripunsky vs S Bercys 1-0312004Chessmaster US Championship 2005A07 King's Indian Attack
13. B Lopez vs A Ivanov  ½-½442004Chessmaster US Championship 2005B06 Robatsch
14. de Firmian vs B Lugo  1-0452004Chessmaster US Championship 2005C78 Ruy Lopez
15. M Hoekstra vs B Finegold  0-1372004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
16. Benjamin vs R Adamson  ½-½342004Chessmaster US Championship 2005D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. R Goletiani vs L Christiansen  0-1572004Chessmaster US Championship 2005A04 Reti Opening
18. Kudrin vs J Shahade 1-0282004Chessmaster US Championship 2005B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. F La Rota vs Serper  ½-½412004Chessmaster US Championship 2005D02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Wojtkiewicz vs M Casella  1-0422004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. J Kleiman vs Shulman  0-1332004Chessmaster US Championship 2005A13 English
22. J Becerra Rivero vs T Abrahamyan  1-0582004Chessmaster US Championship 2005C18 French, Winawer
23. A Hahn vs E Perelshteyn ½-½502004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. A Fishbein vs T Battsetseg 1-0322004Chessmaster US Championship 2005A37 English, Symmetrical
25. L Ross vs D Gurevich 0-1312004Chessmaster US Championship 2005B32 Sicilian
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Dec-05-04  iron maiden: Stripunsky's resigned. Congratulations to the new U.S. champion!
Dec-05-04  suenteus po 147: Nakamura is the new US Champion of chess! I'm watching the the 11 o'clock news tonight, baby!
Dec-05-04  stormflyer: Yes, Nakamura has won, according to the US Chess Championship official website. I'm happy that he won, but he was very lucky against Ibragimov.
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  tpstar: <Morphy Fan> You're right, Black should try to keep material on the board being a Pawn down. After 29. Rc3 Nb5 probably 30. Rxc8 Qxc8 31. Qc4 Qd8 31. Ra4 followed by 32. Qc6 and Black's Knight is short on squares. Good suggestion.
Dec-05-04  Franz the Stampede: GO NAKA!!!!!!!
Dec-05-04  pkjohn146: Naka wins!!!
Dec-05-04  Where is my mind: excellent play from Hikaru Nakamura.
It's great to witness the beginging of
such a talented players career.
Dec-05-04  PeterFletcher: The kid's a little big on himself (per the interview on, but he's good. To be 16 and to be the U.S. Champion (+ $25,000 USD), that's not too shabby!

I saw him play an endgame at the World Open (2004); he was amazing -just knocking out moves like there's no tomorrow.

But you have to be a little arrogant to play winning-chess: no guts, no glory!

Dec-05-04  whiskeyrebel: I thought he came off well in the interview. It doesn't seem like he's been overly pushed into devoting his life to chess unlike some young players. I saw him at another swiss tournament..and he didn't come across like Beavis or Butthead at all. I'm a solid Nakamura fan from here on out...where can I order a T-shirt??
Dec-05-04  DanielBryant: I wish I had $25,000 USD.
Dec-05-04  JohnBoy: About 25 yrs ago the top US woman was Diane Savereide. Low master. What ever happened to her? Retired from play?
Dec-05-04  SBC: <JohnBoy>
<About 25 yrs ago the top US woman was Diane Savereide. Low master. What ever happened to her?>

I've never been able to find much on her. Here's what I learned:

There is a Diane Savereide who plays different games over the internet, though not chess that I've seen. I don't know if it's the same person.

Dec-06-04  haha: So the Tournament it's over? :?
Dec-06-04  pazzed paun: YES -the tournament is over for now,but go to the offical site and at the very bottom is a crosstable with performance ratings- very impressive performances by Stripunsky and Bercys. The tournament will be back in San Diego in FEB 2006 (bigger and better) IF you can travel to it do it!! I would not be suprised if several of the players relocate to SO-CAL
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  Joshka: Anyone know who won the prize for the hardest fought game?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <SBC> Thanks for your info on Savereide, I do remember her from past Chess Life magazines in the '80's. Having held the title for quite awhile, one would think there would be more info on her to research. Anyway, any info on the gal, I believe, a native Russian named Inna Izrailov who took the title from Diane in 1986? I believe she had the title for that one year only?
Dec-07-04  pazzed paun: the prizes are listed on the official website you can link to it from the week in chess site. BENT LARSEN prize of $5000 to Alex Fishbein--- best games 3 way tie--
1] $1000 Zilberstein round 2
2] $1000 Stripunsky round 9
3] 500 each Benjamin and Shulman round 5
Dec-07-04  iron maiden:, do you plan to put up the rapid tie-break games that decided both U.S. titles?
Dec-10-04  LUIS XAVIER: i will like to play!
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  tpstar: <LUIS XAVIER> Hello! Welcome to the site! This is a great place to study chess and analyze variations, but there's no way to play here. There are other Websites where you can play for free = Help Good Luck!
Dec-28-04  pazzed paun: LUIS XAVIER: Do you want to play in the U.S. championships in FEB 2006? Come to SAN DIEGO then and maybe a special U.S. versus MEXICO match can be arranged! The 2006 event will be even bigger and better!
Jan-12-05  COTORRO: excellent site
Nov-06-05  rgummadi95: This is way not better then runescape.
Nov-06-05  rgummadi95: Well you are scary
Nov-28-22  Ninas Husband: As Chicago once sang, "Does anyone really know what year it is?" :)
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