US Championship Sunday: Who Will Take the Crown?

Alexander Onischuk, Photo IM Eric Rosen

As the US Chess Championship draws to a close, three players lead the Open section: Wesley So, Varuzhan Akobian and Alexander Onischuk. So and Akobian drew in round ten after very different dramatic round nine wins. Alexander Onischuk, coach at Texas Tech U, won his third game in the row, this time on the white side of a Grunfeld against World Junior Champ Jeffery Xiong.

Sabina Foisor vs. Anna Zatonskih, Photo CCSCSL

Contenders rose for the crown in the Women’s section as well. Sabina Foisor and defending champ Nazi Paikidze now lead by a full point going into the final game. They both play young stars in the final game, with Sabina facing Apurva Virkud and Paikidze playing Jennifer Yu.

Both Foisor and Paikidze could have lost today, but outplayed their opponents in time pressure.

Sabina Foisor told Maurice Ashley, that her mom would be very proud of her play in this event so far. Read her fiance GM Elshan Moradiabadi’s remembrance of Cristina Adela Foisor (1967-2017) here. 

As the event draws to a close, be sure to follow along live commentary on uschesschamps.com and interact with us on twitter, where IM Greg Shahade will be posting live updates. Vote in our two recent polls:

 

 

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