A day of decisive results marked the opening round of the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, the national title for players under 21, with all five matches finding their way to victory including two big upsets from Joshua Colas and Justus Williams.
The tight drama of the 2014 U.S. Championships turned out to be all for show. When the dust of the near two-week long fight cleared, the two champions left standing were the same two champions as before.
Monday brings the final round for the 2014 U.S. Chess Championships and, in both races, three players are crowding the finish line. Varuzhan Akobian and Aleksandr Lenderman square off in a head-to-head, winner-take-all showdown for the title of 2014 U.S. Champion.
GM Irina Krush scored a must-win victory over her main rival Anna Zatonskih to pull even with one round to go. In the U.S. Championship, a pivotal head-to-head matchup between Varuzhan Akobian and Gata Kamsky looms.
The 2014 U.S. Championships returned from its break for one of the most chaos-driven rounds since the tournament began. Varuzhan Akobian leads the U.S. Championship while Anna Zatonskih leads the U.S. Women's Championship.
Varuzhan Akobian turned in his third quality win in a row Wednesday, leaving him in sole possession of first place of the 2014 U.S. Championship. In the women’s competition, Anna Zatonskih now leads with 5/6.
Despite a slow, draw-filled start, the U.S. Championship heated up as it passed its halfway point, with Tuesday’s sixth round featuring another day of bloodshed. Meanwhile, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship had its closest round of balance yet.