SIMPLECHESS

Krush crushes the opposition!

Irina Krush seems to like playing in St.Louis, as she followed a fine performance in the overall Championship (in May) with an outright victory in the Women's event.
The Junior Championships went to a three-player tie-break where Sam Shankland held his nerves the best!

The US Women's and Junior championships took place from the 9th to the 20th of July.

The particularity of the 2010 U.S. Women's Championship is the $65,000 prize fund, the largest in the history of the tournament, and definitely one to attract the top women. The impressive breakdown is as follows:

•1st: $16,000

•2nd: $12,000

•3rd: $9,000

•4th: $7,000

•5th: $5,500

•6th: $4,500

•7th: $3,500

•8th: $3,000

•9th: $2,500

•10th: $2,000

The previous two editions were won by Anna Zatonskih (Elo 2470) ahead of Irina Krush (Elo 2476). Now Krush has gone one place better with a remarkable 8/9 and a 2600 performance!

Rank Title & NameUS Rating Score
1 IM Irina Krush 2521 8.0
2 IM Anna Zatonskih 25187.5
3 WFM Tatev Abrahamyan2403 7.5
4 WIM Alisa Melekhina 23234.5
5 WGM Katerina Rohonyan2322 4.5
6 WGM Camilla Baginskaite2387 4.0
7 WIM Iryna Zenyuk2286 4.0
8 WGM Sabina Foisor2356 3.0
9 WIM Beatriz Marinello2206 1.5
10 WFM Abby Marshall 22110.5

It's noticeable that the US ratings are slightly inflated compared to international ones.

U.S. Junior Championship

A closed event with good (by most people's standards) prizes for ten up-and-coming US stars of the future.

It turned out to be a much more even event than the Women's championship.

The cash prizes were as follows, plus a laptop computer!:

•1st: $3,000

•2nd: $2,000

•3rd: $1,500

•4th: $1,000

•5th: $750

•6th: $600

•7th: $500

•8th: $400

•9th: $300

•10th: $250

Last year Ray Robson (already a 2562 GM) finished ahead.

This year he was close but lost the last round. Then Parker Zhao had chances but after failing to finish off his last round opponent (from a winning endgame?) had to go into a tie-break where he lost to Sam Shankland who then went on to beat Ray Robson with the Black pieces.

Rank Title & NameUS RatingScore
1 GM Ray Robson 26136.0
2 IM Sam Shankland 25636.0
3 NM Parker Zhao 23826.0
4 FM Darwin Yang 24225.5
5 FM John Bryant 24874.5
6 FM Steven Zierk 24284.5
7 NM Eric Rosen 22094.5
8 FM Warren Harper 23884.0
9 FM Conrad Holt 23063.0
10 NM Tyler Hughes 23861.0

So the new US Junior Champion is Sam Shankland.

For more information see the Official site

http://saintlouischessclub.org/2010-us-womens-and-junior-closed-championships


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