A Banquet of Brilliancies in Round 3

With eight games ending decisively, the third round of the U.S. Championships was a banquet of brilliancies and blunders. What felt like a sleepy Open section roared to life, with the slugfest between returning champion GM Sam Shankland and GM Jeffery Xiong being the day’s highlight. In the Women’s section, WGM Jennifer Yu defeated GM Irina Krush to remain perfect at 3-0 and climb to the top of the table.

Open Section

Without question, the game of the day was Shankland-Xiong. Both players played admirable chess, but in the end Xiong outcalculated Shankland to take the full point. IM Kostya Kavutskiy provides exclusive notes to this masterpiece for CLO readers.

GM Hikaru Nakamura got his first win of the tournament with his victory over GM Sam Sevian.

Nakamura-Sevian (photo Ootes)

GM Leinier Dominguez showed his excellent endgame technique to down GM Ray Robson.

In other results, GM Akobian drew GM So in a theoretical Grunfeld battle, GM Liang held the line and the draw against GM Caruana, and GM Lenderman slipped in a long ending against GM Gareyev. This allowed Gareyev to get on the board with his first half-point.

Women’s Section

WGM Jennifer Yu is alone at the top of the Women’s standings, having defeated GM Irina Krush in a back-and-forth battle. Krush stood better but a few small errors snowballed and suddenly her king found itself in dire straits.

Krush-Yu (photo Kellar)

After a tough time in the World Teams and a disappointing start in Saint Louis, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan came out with guns blazing in round three and tactically overwhelmed her opponent, WIM Carissa Yip. This is a game worth replaying!

WGM Anna Sharevich had a significant, if not decisive, advantage against WIM Akshita Gorti, but one wrong move turned the tables completely. Gorti did not miss her chance and she snatched the full point.

IM Anna Zatonskih won a tricky technical battle against WIM Maggie Feng when her rook and pawns overcame Feng’s bishop and pawns. WIM Ashritha Eswaran defeated WGM Sabina Foisor, and WIM Emily Nguyen and WIM Annie Wang drew.




Find full pairings for the tournament and follow along on uschesschamps.com with commentary from GMs Maurice Ashley, Yasser Seirawan and WGM Jennifer Shahade starting at 12:50 CT/1:50 ET. 


  1. Now we be rocking aand rolling…world class coverage that is no joke… real world class people/chess by world class curious chess annnotators. Thanks Mr. Hartmann and Mr. Kavutskiy . I read every single word and so did almost everybody else. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

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