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US Championship (Women) Tournament

Jennifer R Yu10/11(+9 -0 =2)[games]
Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Tatev Abrahamyan7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Annie Wang7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Irina Krush5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Anna Sharevich5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Ashritha Eswaran5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Carissa Shiwen Yip4.5/11(+4 -6 =1)[games]
Sabina-Francesca Foisor4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Akshita Gorti4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Maggie Feng4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Emily Nguyen2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
US Championship (Women) (2019)

The 2019 U.S. Women's Championship was a 12-player round-robin featuring the strongest female players in the USA, who competed for USD $100,000 in prize money and the title of 2019 U.S. Women'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 were not allowed before move 30. (1)

Young Jennifer R Yu won clear first with 10/11. Crosstable:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Yu 2273 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 =2 Zatonskih 2430 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 7 =2 Abrahamyan 2377 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 7 4 Wang 2304 0 * 1 1 1 1 7 =5 Krush 2451 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 5 =5 Sharevich 2282 0 0 * 0 1 1 5 =5 Eswaran 2234 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 5 8 Yip 2279 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 4 =9 Foisor 2276 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 4 =9 Gorti 2272 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 4 =9 Feng 2199 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 4 12 Nguyen 2143 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 2

Official site: ChessBase:

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

(1) chess24: 2019 U.S. Women's Championship,

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Krush vs Emily Nguyen 1-0412019US Championship (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. A Zatonskih vs Akshita Gorti 1-0562019US Championship (Women)E17 Queen's Indian
3. T Abrahamyan vs Maggie Feng 0-1492019US Championship (Women)C18 French, Winawer
4. A Eswaran vs A Wang 0-1422019US Championship (Women)B20 Sicilian
5. A Sharevich vs Jennifer Yu 0-1472019US Championship (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. C Yip vs S Foisor 1-0592019US Championship (Women)C28 Vienna Game
7. S Foisor vs A Sharevich  ½-½692019US Championship (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Maggie Feng vs Emily Nguyen  ½-½352019US Championship (Women)A09 Reti Opening
9. Akshita Gorti vs C Yip 0-1232019US Championship (Women)A04 Reti Opening
10. Jennifer Yu vs A Eswaran 1-0402019US Championship (Women)A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. T Abrahamyan vs A Zatonskih  ½-½312019US Championship (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
12. A Wang vs I Krush  ½-½372019US Championship (Women)E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
13. A Eswaran vs S Foisor  1-0512019US Championship (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
14. A Sharevich vs Akshita Gorti 0-1642019US Championship (Women)E09 Catalan, Closed
15. Emily Nguyen vs A Wang  ½-½412019US Championship (Women)C01 French, Exchange
16. A Zatonskih vs Maggie Feng 1-0742019US Championship (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. C Yip vs T Abrahamyan 0-1362019US Championship (Women)C00 French Defense
18. I Krush vs Jennifer Yu 0-1402019US Championship (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. Akshita Gorti vs A Eswaran 0-1332019US Championship (Women)A60 Benoni Defense
20. T Abrahamyan vs A Sharevich  1-0662019US Championship (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. S Foisor vs I Krush 1-01462019US Championship (Women)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. Maggie Feng vs A Wang  ½-½882019US Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
23. A Zatonskih vs C Yip  1-0872019US Championship (Women)D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
24. Jennifer Yu vs Emily Nguyen 1-0322019US Championship (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
25. Emily Nguyen vs S Foisor  ½-½442019US Championship (Women)D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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  FSR: <parmetd> Yes. Yu admitted in the post-game interview today that she'd had a lot of luck.
Mar-27-19  parmetd: Yep. Now Zatonskih has been playing like on fire.
Mar-28-19  DWTaylor Sr: Here's the thing about these types of tournaments. You need a combination of luck to go along with the skill set to come out on top ! Glad to see the youngster doing so well. Nice to see results instead of all draws.
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  Count Wedgemore: Surprising to see Irina Krushed at the bottom like a bug.
Mar-28-19  Jambow: Krush puts another game in the + column to stop the bleeding and Yu won by superior play not an abundance of 4 leaf covers and rabbit's feet. At least today that is.

I don't know why but when Irina does the lessons in St Louis I enjoy her style more than anyone else... She is a very natural instructor...

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  Richard Taylor: <Count Wedgemore: <Richard>, we risk being hit with more bricks than a Jewish West Bank settler. Better keep a low profile for a while.>

Fair enough. I like looking at women to be sure. When I am playing a women at chess though I generally forget...unless, well it depends how the woman in question comes to the might be a tactic. But red-bloodedness isn't a factor per se.

I think it is, seriously, because the women's games are closer to my own level, I mean closer, not close. So I like (sometimes) watching the lower ranked players rather than say Caruana drawing with So for the millionth time.

Which is a bit unfair as some of my and indeed many of the great and exciting games are draws. Example the Fischer-Petrosian game in his 40 Memorable games when both players got a draw and I think also one game against Keres. Also the Schlecter-Lasker match was exciting despite the high number of draws...

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  Richard Taylor: I suppose this might be a dangerous question: but how many of us think of sex while we are playing a game of chess?
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  Richard Taylor: <Count Wedgemore: <Richard>, we risk being hit with more bricks than a Jewish West Bank settler. Better keep a low profile for a while.>

Re low profiles and the West Side (story?)...I once found a book in my local library about an Israeli, who had been in the Israeli Army etc but he knew Arabic (or whatever language the Palestinians speak). He decided to organise things (I think he was a journalist) and "infiltrate" Israel and Palestine as a Palestinian. (He arranged to have two passports). It was an interesting "Black Like Me" kind of book.

But at one stage the taxi he was in was stopped on the way to the main airport. At the police stop they at first treated him a bit gruffly. Then they sent for more and more senior officers. Then the chief arrived. They had become certain that,as he had two passports, and had crazily driven toward them, that he was a special (very special) undercover agent spying on them sent by a higher division in the Israeli Governement and they asked for a special number. When he refused to say that number, the senior police panicked and started treating him like royalty, giving him a cup of tea and some food, and some gifts etc etc, apologizing and paid for his fair and so on...

It was an interesting book with some scary and some amusing incidents like that one!

My next story might be about a story I saw in Pachman's chess bio...

Mar-30-19  parmetd: Yu has gained 43 rating points right now she will go 2321 right now...
Mar-30-19  rcs784: We have a champion!! With her 10th round victory over IM Anna Zatonskih, FM/WGM Jennifer Yu clinches her first US Women's Championship at the young age of 17.

I would like to know very much if this makes Jennifer the second-youngest US Women's Champ of all time. (Krush was the youngest ever, winning her first championship at 14 in 1998.)

Throughout the event, Jennifer's performance has reminded me of Krush's legendary accomplishment in 1998 (held in my then-hometown of Denver, BTW). Despite being the youngest player in the field and the only one with no FIDE title, Krush scored 8.5/9 that year and clinched the championship with a round to spare.

Jennifer, of course, is a half-point further from the Bobby Fischer ideal of perfection than Krush (and she still has one more round to play, of course), but her competition has also been far stronger. While there was only a single WGM in the 1998 women's field, this year's talent pool features a GM and IM (both well over 2400) and several WGMs to boot.

I don't know what Jennifer's performance rating is for this tournament, but what she's done is a tremendous accomplishment, especially for someone who's not even legal age to drink or vote yet.

This girl is going places; that's for sure! Congratulations, Jennifer!

Mar-30-19  Jambow: <rcs784> I concur well summerized and thanks for the historical context regarding one of my favorites Irina Krush...

Both US championships are on another level now. Jennifer removed all doubt today sorry for Anna a multi time Womans champion of the highest order.

I expect to to see the GM title behind Yu's name before to long...

Mar-30-19  waustad: Congratulations to Jennifer Yu for a dominant performance!
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  HeMateMe: only 17? Wow!

I remember Krush as a newcomer, fresh off the boat from Ukraine.

Mar-31-19  siggemannen: <HeMateMe>, she really took the boat over? :D
Mar-31-19  NrthrnKnght: Jennifer pushed all-in with a fullboat...
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  HeMateMe: It was the Lvov Love Boat!
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  Richard Taylor: Congratulations to Jennifer Yu!

I hope she and the others improve. I feel for Zantoskih who didn't play as well as she can in the last game.

She may continue to improve as some of the other young players may, all of them are her friends and many other chess players etc

Mar-31-19  Jambow: Congratulations Yu done it!!!

<HeMateMe> You knew Irina Krush when she was 5 years old?

She is winning her last game which is good brings he performance a little closer to a GM that she is.

The fact that Jennifer pushed for the win in the final round bodes well for her... easy to take the draw and move on. A lot of people on chessbomb were being critical of her for not taking a draw and going hom?. My thoughts are the complete opposite, you have the championship in the bag why not go for the glory and a defining performance...

Best US womans championship I have personally followed. Great Job Jennifer.

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  FSR: Congratulations to Jennifer Yu on a YUGE victory!
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  perfidious: Rather a shock to see the pre-tournament favourite finish minus.
Apr-01-19  SugarDom: I estimate Yu's performance for this tournament is 2655.
Apr-01-19  sakredkow: She got the beat.
Apr-01-19  sonia91: Amazing performance by Jennifer Yu!

This must be Krush's worst result ever in the women's US championship.

Apr-02-19  TheBish: The headline on the home page is incorrect regarding the women's championship. Jennifer Yu finished with 10/11, NOT 9/10. She clinched the title after the penultimate round at 9/10, but won her last round game.
Apr-03-19  Jambow: <FSR: Congratulations to Jennifer Yu on a YUGE victory!>

Jennifer R Yu ready for the big leagues! Of course we know the answer to that.

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