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News ‘May, 2010’

China Chess Championships – Round Six

China Chess Championships – Round Six

Huang Qian and top-seed Ju Wenjun are storming through the women’s championship, already leaving the opposition at point and a half distance. The only Grandmaster in the field, Zhao Xue, suffered two consecutive losses and remains in the lower half of the crosstable with 2.5 points.

Shulman, Kamsky to battle for 2010 U.S. Championship

Shulman, Kamsky to battle for 2010 U.S. Championship

In the most dramatic and meaningful round so far, GM Yury Shulman upset defending champion GM Hikaru Nakamura on board one. On board two, GM Gata Kamsky dug out of a hole, and after his draw offer was refused, he delivered GM Alex Onischuk his first loss in nearly five years of U.S. Championship appearances.

Top boards draw at 2010 U.S. Championship

Top boards draw at 2010 U.S. Championship

The top four players at the 2010 U.S. Championship have been battling for eight games, and for all practical purposes, they are right back where they started. After drawing amongst themselves today, the quad finals move on to round nine with the quartet all tied with 5.5/8. All are due one turn as White and one as Black in the final two games.

U.S. Chess Championship – Round Seven

U.S. Chess Championship – Round Seven

Four players have survived and advanced to the quad finals of the 2010 U.S. Championship, but the results of round seven do not tell the full story. Though a casual glance will show that the top three boards ended in draws, the uncompromising play brought the tournament to within a whisker of a large tiebreaker for the four-player round robin.

U.S. Chess Championship – Round Six

U.S. Chess Championship – Round Six

With one round to play before the field splits for the three-round quad finale, four of the top five seeds from the 2010 U.S. Championship have given themselves the best chance of qualifying. An uneventful draw between the pre-round leaders and two decisive games on boards two and three have landed GM Gata Kamsky, GM Alex Onischuk, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Yury Shulman atop the tables with 4.5/6.

U.S. Chess Championship – Round Five

U.S. Chess Championship – Round Five

With a field of seven players jumbled at the top of the tables, only two players managed to continue their winning ways at round five of the 2010 U.S. Championship, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. GM Gata Kamsky and GM Alexander Onischuk, the second and third seeds, both won as White and are all alone at 4/5.

Astrakhan FIDE Grand Prix

Astrakhan FIDE Grand Prix

In a Catalan/Bogo Indian, Eljanov followed a game that Ponomariov had played two years ago against Gelfand. That game went 13.Rfd1 Bb7 14.Ne5 Rc8 and a draw were agreed on move 36. Eljanov essayed 13.e5 which does not seem to give black any major problems. Ponomariov then played some very nice prophylactic ideas Kf8-e8 and Rb8 to break open the queen side and slowly started to take the initiative.

Top four draw, field gains ground at 2010 U.S. Chess Championship

Top four draw, field gains ground at 2010 U.S. Chess Championship

On board one, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Alex Onischuk had the quickest game of the day. After a few brief fireworks out of the opening, Onischuk continued his usual solid ways to earn the half point as Black. He has now extended his record U.S. Championship unbeaten streak to 45 games.

Astrakhan FIDE Grand Prix

Astrakhan FIDE Grand Prix

Following the battles we witnessed yesterday, another great round was expected today and the players did not disappoint. The surprise leader after round 6 was the sympathetic GM representing Elista, Ernesto Inarkiev and in this round he faced the previous leader GM Eljanov from Ukraine.

Parsvnath Commonwealth Chess Championship 2010

Parsvnath Commonwealth Chess Championship 2010

Second seed Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi suffered huge set back to his title contention in the Parsvnath Commonwealth Chess Championship as he lost second consecutive game, this time from the hands of Argentinian Grandmaster Pablo Lafuente in the penultimate round. Meanwhile, overnight sole leader Grandmaster Maletin Pavel of Russia maintained his sole lead after settling for half point in 21 moves by repetition moves with fellow Russian Dmitry Bocharov.

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