Famous chess journo Macauley Peterson is excited. On the currently ongoing US Chess Championships he said (in an email), "This is one of the most professional media efforts I've seen anywhere, and it's definitely worth learning from."
Too right! The combination of videos, tweets, RSS feeds and the photos appear to have set a new benchmark for covering a chess event.
Yet, despite all that fancy stuff or maybe because of them, there is still one big oversight. Where the hell is the link to download the games in PGN? For the life of me I can't find it anywhere on the official site! I just want one link, somewhere obvious (maybe on the left), that says "Download All Games". But it ain't there!
Thank heavens for TWIC.
Anyway, here is IM Michael Brooks scoring an upset against GM Alex Shabalov on the black side of what Brooks calls a "silly opening". Impressive, too, is that Brooks managed to pull off this victory apparently without preparation!
2009 US Chess Championships, Saint Louis
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 Be6 8. g4 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Bg2 Bb4 11. O-O Bxc3 12. bxc3 Nc6 13. Rb1 O-O 14. Rxb7 Qc8 15. Rb1 Rd8 16. Qe1 h5 17. f3 Na5 18. Ng3 hxg4 19. fxg4 Qxc3 20. Bd2 Qd4+ 21. Kh1 Nc4 22. Bg5 Nce3 23. c3 Qa7 24. Bxd8 Rxd8 25. Nh5 Qc7 26. Rf3 Nxg2 27. Kxg2 e4 28. Rf2 e3 29. Rf3 Nxc3 30. Rb2 Bd5 31. Qxe3 Nd1 32. Qg5 Bxf3+ 33. Kg1 Qa7+ 34. Kh2 Qd4 35. Rc2 Ne3 36. Qxe3 0-1
After 5 games grandmasters Shulman and Akobian (a visitor here last year) lead with 4 points apiece.