Nakamura and Krush are US Chess Champions 2015!

Red bull = Secret of the US #1!? (pic by Lennart Ootes)

The pre-tournament favorites, Hikaru Nakamura and Irina Krush won the 2015 US Chess championship for Men & Women respectively.

Nakamura was in the lead from the very beginning and ended up with 8/11 points. Krush had to fight her way back to the top and wrestle the first spot from Nemcova who was in lead for most part of the tourney. Krush ended with 8.5/11 points!

Final Standings (Men)

1 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2798 8
2 GM Robson, Ray 2656 7.5
3 GM So, Wesley 2788 6.5
4 GM Onischuk, Alexander 2665 6
5 GM Kamsky, Gata 2683 5.5
6 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 2622 5.5
7 GM Sevian, Samuel 2531 5.5
8 GM Shankland, Samuel L 2661 5
9 GM Troff, Kayden W 2532 5
10 GM Holt, Conrad 2530 4.5
11 GM Gareev, Timur 2604 4
12 GM Naroditsky, Daniel 2633 3

Final Standings (Women)

1 GM Krush, Irina 2477 8.5
2 IM Paikidze, Nazi 2333 7.5
3 WGM Nemcova, Katerina 2279 7.5
4 WIM Ni, Viktorija 2188 7
5 WGM Sharevich, Anna 2267 6.5
6 IM Goletiani, Rusudan 2311 6
7 WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 2322 5.5
8 WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca 2235 5.5
9 WCM Virkud, Apurva 2132 3.5
10 WIM Wang, Annie 1901 3.5
11 FM Melekhina, Alisa 2235 2.5
12 WFM Yu, Jennifer R 2180 2.5

Irina Krush takes sole lead, Nemcova lost

Krush in round 9 (pic by Lennart Ootes)

Krush won, Nemcova lost

In the penultimate round (10) of the US Chess championship, women’s top seed Irina Krush (2477) beat Jennifer (2180), while co-leader Nemcova (2279) lost to (2333). With this turn of events, Krush is on 8/10 with a comfortable one point lead over Nemcova (7/10) & Paikidze (7/10)

In the men’s section, there were no changes in the standings, despite some decisive results.

Nakamura continues to lead, Robson second

The much anticipated encounter between Nakamura and Robson ended in a draw. Nakamura is now on 7/10 while Robson is closely following him on 6.5/10.

Wesley So finally found his mojo and beat Kamsky with the Black pieces. He is on 5.5/10 points.

USChessChamps : Wesley So forfeited!

Nothing going right for Wesley (pic by Lennart Ootes)

The US Chess Championship round 9 turned out to be the most eventful round of the championship so far, albeit in a rather odd way.

Wesley forfeited!

Wesley So (2788) was forfeited in his game against Akobian (2622), for taking notes on his scoresheet! Apparently he was warned twice before and hence the harsh punishment (of losing the game plus valuable rating points!)

More details on this story at

Nakamura continues to lead

Nothing else changed at the top of the table and Nakamura is in sole lead with 6.5/9 points, followed by Ray Robson (2656) with 6.

Krush joins Nemcova

In the women’s section, Irina Krush won her 3rd game on the trot, to finally join Nemcova at

Holt beats Wesley, Nakamura takes sole lead

Wesley So – not a good tourney so far (by Lennart Ootes)

Holt beats Wesley

Wesley So’s woes continued at the US Chess Championship 2015 when he lost to Conrad Holt (2525) in round 8.

With the Black pieces, Wesley made a potential unsound pawn sacrifice to launch attack at the White King. Holt defended well and ultimately Wesley had to resign due to severe material deficit.

Nakamura in sole lead

Nakamura beat Troff with the Black pieces to grab sole lead again with 6/8 points.

Irina wins again

In the women’s section, top seed Irina Krush beat Melekhina to reduce the gap at the top of the table. Nemcova is in sole lead with 6.5/8 closely followed by Irina on 6.

USChessChamps : Ray Robson wins again, leads with Nakamura

Ray Robson (by Lennart Ootes)

Ray Robson (2656) beat Naroditsky (2633) with the Black pieces to join Hikaru Nakamura in lead with 5 points at the end of round 7. Robson had beaten Wesley So in the earlier round.

Wesley So (2788) got the better of Onishcuk (2665) and is in second spot with 4.5/7 points, while Kamsky (2683) beat Holt (2530).

In the Women’s section, Katerina Nemcova continued her winning spree and beat Virkud to lead with 6/7 points.

The US Chess Championship will be played over 11 rounds.

US Chess Championship 2015

US Chess Champs

The US Chess championship 2015 is taking place from April 1st to April 12th in St Louis, MO. Both the Open and Women’s sections will be played in 11 round robin format.

PLAYERS (open) ELØ 2644

Hikaru Nakamura 2798
Wesley So 2788
Gata Kamsky 2680
Alex Onischuk 2665
Sam Shankland 2661
Ray Robson 2656
Daniel Naroditsky 2640
Var Akobian 2622
Timur Gareev 2599
Sam Sevian 2548
Kayden Troff 2544
Conrad Holt 2525

PLAYERS (women) ELØ 2238

GM Irina Krush 2477
IM Nazi Paikidze 2333
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 2322
IM Rusudan Goletiani 2311
WGM Katerina Nemcova 2279
WGM Anna Sharevich 2267
FM Alisa Melekhina 2235
WGM Sabina Foisor 2235
WIM Viktorija Ni 2188
WFM Jennifer Yu 2180
NM Apurva Virkud 2132
WIM Annie Wang 1901

SCHEDULE (Same for both)

Round 1 1-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 2 2-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 3 3-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 4 4-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 5 5-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Rest Day 6-Apr-2015
Round 6 7-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 7 8-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 8 9-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 9 10-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 10 11-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Round 11 12-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST
Playoff (if necessary) 13-Apr-2015 13:00 CDT 18:00 GMT 23:30 IST

The games will be broadcast live on Follow Chess app. Special thanks to Lennart Ootes.

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