Monday, May 18, 2009

Nakamura Wins US Champs

Congrats to GM Hikaru Nakamura for winning the 2009 US Chess Championships scoring 7 points from his nine games. For Nakamura, it's his second US title after first winning it back in 2005.

The following win in round 7 over GM Akobian was very impressive. It seems to look so easy: just hurl that h-pawn as far as it can go, grab the centre and that's it! Lovers of the French Defence must be weeping.

2009 U.S. Championship
Nakamura, Hikaru
Akobian, Varuzhan

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 b5 9. h4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc5 12. h5 Qb6 13. O-O-O O-O 14. Bxc5 Nxc5 15. f5 Qc7 16. Re1 exf5 17. h6 g6 18. Nxd5 Qd8 19. Nf6+ Kh8 20. Qb4 Ne6 21. Rh3 Bb7 22. Rd1 Qc7 23. Rd6 Be4 24. Nxe4 fxe4 25. Qxe4 Rad8 26. Rhd3 Qe7 27. Qe3 Kg8 28. Rxa6 Rxd3 29. Bxd3 Qb7 30. Rd6 Qxg2 31. Bxb5 g5 32. Rd1 Qh2 33. a4 Qxh6 34. a5 Qh2 35. Bd7 Nf4 36. b4 Kg7 37. a6 Qg2 38. b5 Rd8 39. Kb2 Qa8 40. Bc6 1-0

IM Enrico Sevillano finished with 4 points. His run included a win against the powerful, GM Alex Shabalov. Overall, that was a tough campaign for the ex-Pinoy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Any objections to me putting this game up on OzChess Amiel? I often put games from Chessexpress on OzChess.