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2018 U.S. Championships

Round 2

Not a good day for our friend Aleksandr Lenderman, who didn't seem the usual strong and solid player today at the board, losing to Fabiano Caruana in 23 moves, after a couple of big mistakes that the Candidate didn't let go unpunished.

Lenderman gave up at move 23, in a desperate position

Wesley So and Var Akobian won again today, now leading with 2.0/2, followed by Fabiano Caruana and Ray Robson, who today won a long struggle.

GM Varuzhan Akobian, leading with 2.0/2

GM Ray Robson today won a very tough game

Round 1

The clash between Varuzhan Akobian and Alexander Onischuk, two players who have known each other for years, finished in favor of the former, with a brilliant tactic.

A still from the official website broadcast (GM Akobian)

GM Wesley So, after a rather long and somewhat wild game, won with GM Zherebukh.

GM Wesley So

GM Nakamura is a 4-time winner at the
US Championship (2004-2009-2012-2015)

The three top guys are in, along with young guns and old glories.
Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura 
and Wesley So give the tournament importance and relevance, but players like Awonder Liang and Jeffrey Xiong, who represent the next generation of strong Americans, contribute to make this year Championship a must-follow tournament.

Awonder Liang (14) is the youngest in the field

Not to talk about solid players, who have played tons of Championships, such as Onischuk and Var Akobian, and then Alex Lenderman, Sam Shankland, Ray Robson, Yaroslav Zherebukh,  Zviad Izoria.

GM Wesley So is the defending Champion 

Everything is ready for a great U.S. championship,  which is going to start April the 18th, at the splendid St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center.

Here is the schedule, from the official website:

Prize wise, the U.S: Championship is like a Master 1000 in tennis:  $50,000 to the first and $35,000 to the second, for a total of $194,000 in prize fund is quite impressive for a National Championship.
The Women's Championship sports a $100,000 prize fund, and lists among the possible protagonists IM Anna Zatonskih, GM Irina Krush, IM Nazi Paikidze, and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.

ICC will broadcast the games LIVE, and GM Alex Yermolinsky will provide a warm-up show - an hour before start time - at rounds 4 and 9, with a final recap after the last round.