Tsogtsaikhan Finds Perfection in Vegas

  The Las Vegas Chess Festival began with a star-studded US Women's Open, and sixth seed Saikhanchimeg Tsogtsaikhan took it down after defeating National Girls Tournament of Champions winner Rochelle Wu in the final round. Find full final standings here and play through a marathon victory from our new champ below.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.06.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tsogtsaikhan,Saikhan "]
[Black "Sevilla,Julia"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B99"]
[PlyCount "149"]
[SourceDate "2018.06.22"]
[SourceVersionDate "2018.06.22"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3
Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. Bd3 h6 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Be2 Nb6 13. g4 Bd7 14. h4 Nc4
15. Qd3 Rc8 16. Rh3 Qb6 17. b3 Na3 18. Rd2 h5 19. e5 dxe5 20. fxe5 Be7 21. Nf5
Rd8 22. Nxg7+ Kf8 23. Nxh5 Bb5 24. Qe3 Qxe3 25. Rxe3 Rxd2 26. Kxd2 Bxh4 27.
Nxb5 Nxb5 28. Bxb5 axb5 29. Rc3 Bd8 30. Rc8 Ke7 31. Kd3 Kd7 32. Rc5 Rg8 33.
Rxb5 Kc6 34. Rb4 Rg5 35. Rf4 Bc7 36. Rxf7 Bxe5 37. Ke4 Rxg4+ 38. Kxe5 Rg5+ 39.
Kxe6 Rxh5 40. Rf4 Rh2 41. Rc4+ Kb5 42. Kd6 Rh7 43. Rc7 Rh6+ 44. Kd5 Kb6 45. Rc8
Rh4 46. Rc4 Rh5+ 47. Kd4 Rh2 48. Kc3 Ka5 49. Rc5+ Kb6 50. Kb4 Ka6 51. a4 Rh3
52. Rg5 Rh6 53. a5 Rc6 54. c4 Rf6 55. Rc5 Rf3 56. Rb5 Rh3 57. Rg5 Rh1 58. Rg8
Ka7 59. Kb5 Rh5+ 60. c5 Rh4 61. Rg7 Rh6 62. b4 Rf6 63. Rd7 Rh6 64. Rd6 Rh5 65.
a6 bxa6+ 66. Rxa6+ Kb7 67. Rg6 Rh7 68. Ka5 Rc7 69. c6+ Kb8 70. Kb6 Rb7+ 71. Kc5
Rf7 72. b5 Rf8 73. Kb6 Rc8 74. c7+ Ka8 75. Rg4 1-0

Grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk won the Walter Browne Memorial Blitz tournament for the trophy and $1000, with a score of 11.5/14. Find a couple of victories by Nyzhnyk over popular commentator and IM Lawrence Trent in the first edition of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival newsletter, which is edited by TD of the Year Chris Bird  https://twitter.com/ChrisBirdIA/status/1010174168627736577 The Main Event of Festival, the National Open, began on Thursday night with the four-day section, and a fearsome list of pre-registered Grandmasters, including Dariusz Swiercz, blitz champ Nyzhnyk, blitz runner up and Chicago Open winner Alex Shimanov and teenage GMs Ruifeng Li and Akshat Chandra. Also in the mix: US Women's Championship runner-up Annie Wang as well as 2017 US Women's champ Sabina Foisor and NGTOC Champ Wu. Follow the Las Vegas Chess Festival on the official site, facebook page and live games player.