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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
US Chess Championship (Women) Tournament

Nazi Paikidze8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Tatev Abrahamyan8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Anna Vitalyevna 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]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
US Chess Championship (Women) (2016)

Played in St. Louis, Missouri, USA 14-25 April 2016. Opening ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubV.... Photo gallery: http://www.uschesschamps.com/openin.... Crosstable: https://uschesschamps.com/2016-us-w...

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

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Nemcova vs I Krush  ½-½502016US Chess Championship (Women)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. T Abrahamyan vs Agata Bykovtsev 1-0332016US Chess Championship (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. S Foisor vs A Melekhina  ½-½392016US Chess Championship (Women)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
4. C Yip vs Akshita Gorti 1-0482016US Chess Championship (Women)C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
5. N Paikidze vs A Zatonskih  ½-½652016US Chess Championship (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Jennifer Yu vs A Eswaran  ½-½562016US Chess Championship (Women)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
7. Agata Bykovtsev vs A Melekhina  1-0782016US Chess Championship (Women)B27 Sicilian
8. Akshita Gorti vs N Paikidze 0-1622016US Chess Championship (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. I Krush vs S Foisor 1-0562016US Chess Championship (Women)A06 Reti Opening
10. A Zatonskih vs K Nemcova  ½-½652016US Chess Championship (Women)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Eswaran vs C Yip 0-1712016US Chess Championship (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. T Abrahamyan vs Jennifer Yu  1-0562016US Chess Championship (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Jennifer Yu vs Agata Bykovtsev  ½-½532016US Chess Championship (Women)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. K Nemcova vs Akshita Gorti  0-1652016US Chess Championship (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
15. S Foisor vs A Zatonskih  ½-½562016US Chess Championship (Women)E14 Queen's Indian
16. C Yip vs T Abrahamyan ½-½452016US Chess Championship (Women)C03 French, Tarrasch
17. N Paikidze vs A Eswaran  1-0692016US Chess Championship (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Melekhina vs I Krush ½-½452016US Chess Championship (Women)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. A Eswaran vs K Nemcova  ½-½562016US Chess Championship (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
20. A Zatonskih vs A Melekhina  1-0592016US Chess Championship (Women)A58 Benko Gambit
21. Akshita Gorti vs S Foisor 0-1452016US Chess Championship (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Agata Bykovtsev vs I Krush  0-1362016US Chess Championship (Women)B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. Jennifer Yu vs C Yip  1-0392016US Chess Championship (Women)A16 English
24. T Abrahamyan vs N Paikidze  ½-½312016US Chess Championship (Women)B06 Robatsch
25. A Melekhina vs Akshita Gorti  0-1842016US Chess Championship (Women)C02 French, Advance
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Apr-17-16
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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.
Apr-17-16  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!
Apr-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

http://www.uschess.org/msa/MbrDtlMa...

Apr-17-16  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.
Apr-18-16
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  eternaloptimist: <notyetagm> I was referring to her *FIDE* rating.: https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml... 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.
Apr-21-16
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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: cg.com 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.
Apr-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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