SuperNationals VI is the Largest Rated Tourney Ever

SuperNationals VI is the largest rated tournament in history, with the final tally at 5577, surpassing the previous record of 5335 set at SuperNationals V. Franc Guadalupe, Events Director at US Chess, confirmed the total on Friday evening after no-shows and withdrawals were accounted for. He said he was thrilled to surpass the previous record by over 200 participants. "Congrats to all who have contributed to this record-breaking event! The festivities began with blitz and bughouse (full results index here), with Max Lu, formerly the youngest US Chess master in history, shining with two victories, clear first in the K-6 Blitz and first in the bughouse along with his partner Drew Justice. Nicolas Checa also started off well in his first Nationals, topping the K-12 Blitz on tiebreak. The stars also arrived for festivities, including headliner Former World Champion and author Garry Kasparov: The Main Event action began on Friday with the top boards in Open sections live each round. Early upsets included Clara McGrew, who defeated Christopher Wu in round 1 in the K-12 Open. There were plenty of inspiring players for the Girls' Club to look up to. US Chess caught up with the two most recent US Women's Champions, Sabina Foisor and Nazi Paikidze: Sabina wasn't the only one to get a chess tattoo this round: Chess fashion didn't stop there as IM Greg Shahade, who is taking over the US Chess twitter this weekend, spotted some cool outfits: Jim Doyle, who will also be contributing photography to Chess Life Magazine, also caught some great fashion.
Photo Jim Doyle
Live boards are broadcast from the top boards in each section. Check out some highlights from pre-tournament favorites and follow along as the action gets more intense tomorrow.

[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-9 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.04.19"]
[White "Campbell, Harris"]
[Black "Taghizadeh, Raya"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1772"]
[BlackElo "2409"]
[PlyCount "50"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source ""]
[WhiteClock "0:00:13"]
[BlackClock "0:13:01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. Be2 d5 8.
Bf3 Ne5 9. exd5 O-O 10. O-O Rd8 11. Nd2 Nxd5 12. Ne4 Qe7 13. Nxc5 Nxe3 14. fxe3
Qxc5 15. Be4 Qe7 16. Qc2 g6 17. Qb3 Ng4 18. Bd3 Ne5 19. Bc2 c5 20. Nf3 Be6 21.
Qa4 Nc4 22. Be4 Nxe3 23. Rfe1 Bd7 24. Qb3 Qxe4 25. Ng5 Qxg2# 0-1[/pgn]

[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-8 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.04.19"]
[White "Niemann, Hans"]
[Black "Izumi, Haruki"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2412"]
[BlackElo "1810"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source ""]
[WhiteClock "1:34:41"]
[BlackClock "0:43:01"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 Nc6 7. Nf3 Bf5 8. d5
Nb4 9. Nc3 Nd3+ 10. Kf1 Nxc1 11. Rxc1 g6 12. Nd4 Bg7 13. Nxf5 gxf5 14. f4 a6
15. Qh5 O-O 16. Qxf5 Qd7 17. Qxd7 Nxd7 18. Ne4 Rac8 19. Ke2 h6 20. Rc2 c6 21.
Rhc1 c5 22. Nxc5 Nxc5 23. Rxc5 Rxc5 24. Rxc5 b5 25. Rc7 Re8 26. d6 {[%clk ]}

[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-12 Championship Board 2"]
[Date "2017.04.19"]
[White "Stevens, Matthew"]
[Black "Checa, Nicolas"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2206"]
[BlackElo "2528"]
[PlyCount "123"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source ""]
[WhiteClock "0:00:01"]
[BlackClock "1:00:15"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 a6 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Qb3 Ra7 8. Bd2
e6 9. Rc1 Nbd7 10. a4 Bd6 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O h6 13. Na2 Re8 14. Bb4 Bb8 15.
Ba3 Ne4 16. Qd1 Ra8 17. Qb3 Ra7 18. Qd1 Qf6 19. Nb4 Bd6 20. Nd3 Bxa3 21. bxa3
Qe7 22. Qb3 Nd6 23. Nde5 Nxe5 24. dxe5 Ne4 25. Qb6 Raa8 26. Rc7 Qxa3 27. Qxb7
Nc5 28. Qc6 Nxa4 29. Bxa6 Nc3 30. Qxc3 Qxc3 31. Rxc3 Rxa6 32. Rfc1 Raa8 33. Nd4
Bg6 34. Nb5 Reb8 35. Nd6 Kh7 36. Rc8 Rxc8 37. Nxc8 Ra6 38. h3 h5 39. Rc7 Ra1+
40. Kh2 Rf1 41. f4 d4 42. exd4 Rxf4 43. Rd7 Be4 44. Nd6 Bd5 45. Rxf7 Rxd4 46.
Ne8 Kg8 47. Rf2 Re4 48. Nc7 Rxe5 49. Nxd5 exd5 50. Kg3 g6 51. h4 Kg7 52. Rf3
Rf5 53. Re3 Kf6 54. Re8 d4 55. Rd8 Ke5 56. Re8+ Kd5 57. Rd8+ Ke4 58. Rd6 d3 59.
Re6+ Re5 60. Rxg6 d2 61. Rd6 Rd5 62. Re6+ {[%clk ] [%clk ]} 0-1[/pgn]
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