GM Gata Kamsky could only draw GM Alejandro Ramirez in the U.S. Championship, which kept the door open for a handful of hopefuls. In the U.S. Women's Championship, three are still in contention for the first-place prize.
The push and pull of the 2013 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship continued yesterday in round five, but this time the men pulled closer to the leader, while the leading lady began to push away from the field.
After two rounds of the U.S. Championships, there are five perfect scores remaining: IMs Irina Krush and Anna Zatonksih and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan in the U.S. Women's Championship and GMs Gata Kamsky and Larry Christiansen in the U.S. Championship.
The opening ceremony of the 2013 U.S. Championships determined the colors for the U.S. Championship, the round-by-round pairings for the U.S. Women’s Championship and honored some important Hall of Fame inductees.