Monday, May 18, 2009

Nakamura wins US Championship

GM Hikaru Nakamura won the US Championship this weekend in St. Louis, MO. Nakamura was tied with GM-elect Robert Hess going into the final round, but secured the title and $40,000 with a victory over GM Friedel and a draw between Hess and GM Akobian.

Hikaru Nakamura, 21, won the the 2009 US Chess Championship, after winning in the ninth and final round of the event. Second-seeded Nakamura, who also won the title in 2004, when he was just 16, took the venerable 164-year-old title and the first prize of $40,000 ($35,000, plus a $5,000 outright winner's bonus) after beating Josh Friedel of New Hampshire. Nakamura finished with seven points over nine games, and never lost a game. []

The tournament was May 9 - 17. 25 players from across the country competed for over $200,000 in prizes. The players played 1 game a day.

Final Standings:
NameStateRatingPointsPrize won
GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2) NY 2757 7 $40,000.00
IM Hess, Robert (17)NY25456.5$12,500.00
GM Onischuk, Alexander (3)VA27366.5$12,500.00
GM Kamsky, Gata (1)NY27986$7,500.00
GM Akobian, Varuzhan (7)CA26646$7,500.00
GM Shulman, Yury (4)IL26975$4,650.00
GM Friedel, Joshua (15)NH25685$4,650.00
GM Ibragimov, Ildar (13)CT26285$4,650.00
GM Christiansen, Larry (5)MA26815$4,650.00
GM Ehlvest, Jaan (10)NY26494.5$2,833.33
IM Robson, Ray (18)FL25424.5$2,833.33
GM Kaidanov, Gregory (8)KY26624.5$2,833.33
GM Benjamin, Joel (9)NJ26504.5$2,833.33
GM Shabalov, Alexander (14)PA26204.5$2,833.33
GM Gulko, Boris (12)NJ26314.5$2,833.33
IM Brooks, Michael (22)MO24194$2,375.00
Hughes, Tyler (24)CO22934$2,375.00
IM Sevillano, Enrico (16)CA25494$2,375.00
GM Becerra, Julio (6)FL26724$2,375.00
IM Krush, Irina (20)NY24963.5$2,000.00
IM Shankland, Samuel (21)CA24643$2,000.00
GM Khachiyan, Melikset (11)CA26323$2,000.00
FM Eckert, Doug D (25)IL22782$2,000.00
Lawton, Charles (23)MO23501$2,000.00
IM Zatonskih, Anna (19)NY25030.5$2,000.00

The US Championship was hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis which will also host the US Women's Championship on October 2-12.

All games are viewable on here.

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