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US Championship Tournament

Alexander Shabalov7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Alexander Onischuk6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Yury Markovich Shulman6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Julio Becerra Rivero6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Gregory Kaidanov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Yevgenyevich Stripunsky5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Boris Gulko5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Eugene Perelshteyn5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Ildar Rifkatovich Ibragimov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Melikset Zavenovich Khachiyan5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Joseph M Bradford5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Enrico M Sevillano4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Michael Langer4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Robert Lee Hess4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Dimitri Borisovich Gurevich4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
David Pruess4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Ronald Burnett4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Justin Sarkar4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Joshua E Friedel4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Irina Krush4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Walter Shawn Browne4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Michael Mulyar4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Bryan G Smith4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
(36 players total; 7 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
US Championship (2007)

Previous edition: US Championship (2006). Next: US Championship (2008). See also US Women's Championship (2007).

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Akobian vs R Burnett 1-0412007US ChampionshipE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
2. Khachiyan vs T Braunlich  1-0462007US ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
3. C Airapetian vs E Sevillano  0-1412007US ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
4. D B Gurevich vs I Zenyuk  1-0432007US ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
5. M Movsisyan vs Yermolinsky 0-1422007US ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
6. J Becerra Rivero vs M Aigner  1-0442007US ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. M Langer vs E Perelshteyn 0-1282007US ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Kudrin vs Robson 1-0252007US ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. J Bonin vs Alexander V Ivanov  ½-½252007US ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
10. Mulyar vs Gulko  ½-½302007US ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
11. J Friedel vs Nakamura 0-1512007US ChampionshipC11 French
12. Onischuk vs Browne 1-0832007US ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
13. I Krush vs Kaidanov  ½-½282007US ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Ehlvest vs D Pruess 1-0412007US ChampionshipA61 Benoni
15. R Hess vs I R Ibragimov 0-1382007US ChampionshipC11 French
16. Shabalov vs J Sarkar 1-0322007US ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. Bradford vs Y Shulman ½-½582007US ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
18. Stripunsky vs B G Smith  1-0382007US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Alexander V Ivanov vs Mulyar  1-0292007US ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Robson vs J Friedel  ½-½342007US ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Browne vs M Langer 1-0512007US ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
22. D Pruess vs M Movsisyan  1-0452007US ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
23. M Aigner vs R Hess ½-½822007US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
24. J Sarkar vs I Zenyuk  1-0632007US ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. B G Smith vs C Airapetian  1-0462007US ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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May-23-07  Temugin73: <chesstoplay: Shabalov WON>

Best congratulations to him!!
It has always played in order to win in this US championship... otherwise it would have had at least means point in more.. brave, concentrated and very prepared... and truly much strong..

May-23-07  whiskeyrebel: Shaba had a great tournament. Congrats. Two players from my area ( Austin Tx ) were near IM norms..Bradford and Langer. Does anybody know if there's any official word on that?
May-23-07  chesstoplay: Monroi site reports:

"FM Michael Langer from Stillwater Oklahoma, and FM Joseph Bradford from Austin Texas earned IM norms!"

May-23-07  Wild Bill: <"FM Michael Langer from Stillwater Oklahoma, and FM Joseph Bradford from Austin Texas earned IM norms!">

Hartiest congratulation to Langer and Bradford as well.

May-23-07  RonB52734: A quote from Shabalov after the game: "Huge thanks to all the fans! I'm so happy I was finally able to pull it out after so many misses earlier in the tournament. In the last round game Sergey surprised me with 2Nc6!, which totally killed all my preparation versus Dragon or 2g6. But I couldn't remember a single game of his after 3.Bb5. Does it matter that I'm not playing it? No! So the resulting position was very much in the spirit of pet variation 1.e4 c5 2. Na3 and I did the grinding!"

Congrats, US Champion Shabalov!

May-23-07  RonB52734: The top multiple-time US Champions since it went to tournament style in 1936:

Bobby Fischer: 8 (span of 9 years)
Samuel Reshevsky: 6 (33 years!)
Walter Browne: 6 (9 years)
Larry Evans: 4 (29 years)
Alexander Shabalov: 4 (14 years)
Larry Christiansen: 3 (22 years)
Yasser Sierawan: 3 (19 years)
Joel Benjamin: 3 (13 years)
Lev Alburt: 3 (6 years)
Nick DiFirmian: 2 (11 years)
Roman Dzindzichashvili: 2 (6 years)
Boris Gulko: 2 (5 years)
Alexander Yermolinsky: 2 (3 years)

Apologies if I miscounted.

May-23-07  Dr.Lecter: Congrats to the new U.S. champion, Alexander Shabalov!
May-24-07  BIDMONFA: US Championships (2007)


May-24-07  MrPatzer: <RonB52734> Not to quibble, but DiFirmian has won three championships. And you left off Patrick Wolff, who has won twice. I hear both of them want to have a few words with you outside in the parking lot.

Random thought: If Fischer is still telling people that he's the "real" world champ, is it possible he thinks he's still the "real" U.S. champ, too?

May-24-07  suenteus po 147: <MrPatzer: If Fischer is still telling people that he's the "real" world champ, is it possible he thinks he's still the "real" U.S. champ, too?> He wouldn't deign to claim so meager and insignificant a title. Besides, he has some views on America these days that make him want to put as much distance from us as possible.
May-24-07  russep: WHo's in the lead in this tournament?
May-24-07  chessmoron: It's over! Alexander Shabalov win the US crown.
May-24-07  RonB52734: <Mr. Patzer> Thanks for pointing out the errors. Let's consider them corrected by your post. My eyes got crossed trying to compile that from the table on Monroi. Tx again.
May-24-07  chessmoron:

Chessbase is so CRUEL!!!

<You have to go sixteen places down the list to hit on the first American sounding name.>

But so true. (-:

May-24-07  RonB52734: <chessbase is so CRUEL> or racist. My name is Scots-Irish. My middle name is French. Whose name is American-sounding? Sacageweia? Pocahontas?
May-25-07  Chess Classics: Hmm, according to chessbase, the first prize was $12,000. I seem to remember last year that it was $25,000. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that their sponsor withdrew? Just maybe?!


May-25-07  Pulse: <RonB52734: <chessbase is so CRUEL> or racist. My name is Scots-Irish. My middle name is French. Whose name is American-sounding? Sacageweia? Pocahontas?>

Well, would you say "Smith" is American-sounding? Or "Joe?" Speaking of which, congrats to Joe Bradford for his 4th IM norm!

May-25-07  RonB52734: <Chess Classics> Absolutely. This thing was a shadow of its former self.
May-25-07  MrPatzer: <You have to go sixteen places down the list to hit on the first American sounding name.> This will shock the brainiacs at, but there are plenty of native-born Americans with names like (for example) "Alex Stripunsky" who have never set foot in any other country.
May-25-07  RonB52734: <Mr. Patzer> This is my point. We are all immigrants or the children of immigrants, or else we are the descendants of Pocahontas or the like. Throughout American history there has always been some "us vs. them" mentality based on how many generations of your family have been here. To my ear, this is merely a form of racism. I've met Alex Shabalov, Alex Yermolinsky and Gregory Kaidanov. Nothing about them struck me as non-American.
May-25-07  Prugno: All this discussion in the last few posts is besides the point. There is nothing philosophical or ethnical in the ChessBase remark: they were merely pointing out the plain fact that 14 of the top finishers in the US Championship (the 15th is Nakamura, who learned chess in America althought born in Japan) were already very strong players when they left their home countries in the former Soviet Union (or Cuba in the case of Becerra), and therefore are not the product of US chess culture.
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  plang: I think the only point being made was that the majority of grandmasters currently in the US were not born in the US and, in fact, were already grandmasters when they came to the US.
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  pazzed paun: <Chess Classics> not only was a sponser lost from last year-(thanks to the gentleman who stepped up this year BTW) leaving a lower prize fund in an obscure goegraphic place, but the previous sponsers sole reason to exist is to promote chess--how do you lose a sponser like that?? scandal--in other things you would see a revolt, or buyout of the USCF? I wonder how the players felt about this tournament?
May-26-07  MrPatzer: It really shouldn't be hard to find a rich celebrity who's willing to put up his/her own money to sponsor the U.S. Championships. A lot of famous people like to associate themselves with "good causes," and we've all heard of celebrities who like to play chess. Plus, it would attract popular attention to the event.
May-29-07  Dr.Lecter: Seems like Shabalov will move up to about third in rating after this.
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