SIMPLECHESS

Kamsky in the final (10)

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Gata Kamsky ground down Sam Shankland with his bishop pair and has qualified for the final of the 2011 US Championships. Robert Hess and Yuri Shulman will have to resort to rapid games as their match was tied at 1-1. In the Women's event, revenge wins by Irina Krush and Tatev Abrahamyan have left both matches in the balance on the same score.

So Sam Shankland's remarkable championship run has come to an end.

Semi Finals (game two):

White Elo Result Black Elo
Gata Kamsky 2733 1-0 Sam Shankland 2512
Robert Hess 2565 ½-½ Yuri Shulman 2622

The first legs on Saturday were both drawn.

Semi Finals (game one):

White Elo Result Black Elo
Sam Shankland 2512  ½-½ Gata Kamsky 2733
Yuri Shulman 2622  ½-½ Robert Hess 2565

Both Irina Krush and Tatev Abrahmyan kept their chances alive with their decisive must-win victories.

Women Semi Finals (game two):

White Elo Result Black Elo
Irina Krush  2472  1-0 Anna Zatonskih 2499
Camilla Baginskaite 2342  0-1 Tatev Abrahamyan 2326

The first games of the were as follows:

White Elo Result Black Elo
Anna Zatonskih  2499  1-0 Irina Krush 2472
Tatev Abrahamyan 2326  0-1 Camilla Baginskaite 2342

Semifinals and finals tiebreaks will consist of a two-game rapid match (G/25+5 second increment). If the contest is still undecided, the match will go to a rapid Armageddon bidding game with a base time of 45 minutes for each Player. Black will have draw odds. Each Player shall bid an amount of time (minutes and seconds, a number equal to or less than 45:00) they are willing to play with in order to choose their color. The Player who bids the lowest amount of time chooses his color and begins with that amount of time; the other Player receives 45:00. If both Players bid exactly the same amount of time, the Chief Arbiter will flip a coin to determine who shall choose their color. 

The games will start at 2pm (local time).

  • There is a seven hour difference between St. Louis and Paris.

So 2pm (St. Louis) =

8pm London

9pm Paris, Madrid

11pm Moscow


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