Media Reports on the US Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MonRoi Support on Mon, May 11 2009 (15:46)

For Immediate Release:


ST. LOUIS, May 11, 2009  --  After just four days of intense competition at the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship, all 24 original competitors plus one alternate have officially been eliminated from consideration for $64,000 in cash for the Fischer Memorial Prize. The prize was to have been awarded to any player who could 'run the table,' scoring a 9-0 sweep in the nine rounds of competition for the title of U.S. Chess Champion.  The prize was in remembrance of the late American world champion Bobby Fischer, who scored an 11-0 victory in the 1963-64 U.S. Championship, the only perfect score in the event's 164-year history.

"It was exciting to have the extra incentive of the $64,000 Fischer Memorial Prize for our competitors to pursue," said Rex Sinquefield, founder and member of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, host of this year's U.S. Chess Championship.  "Despite the excellence of many of the nation's best players in this year's event, the failure of any of them to more win each of their matches in just the first four rounds underscores once again the brilliance of Fischer's ability. If the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosts this Championship again next year, we will most likely create a prize that is more attainable."

GM Joel Benjamin

GM Joel Benjamin in St. Louis

The tournament will still award more than $137,000 in prize money to the participants, from first-place winnings of $35,000 to $2,000 for the last-place contestant.  After Women's Champion and Olympic medalist Anna Zatonskih was forced to withdraw because of an unexpected illness, alternate Doug Eckert was added to the field, bringing the total number of players officially to 25.

The championship is a 9-round event, using the Swiss system with one round per day from Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 17, with a rest day on Friday, May 15.  Guest commentary is being provided by Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade and Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky.  Additionally, updates on the tournament are provided at the web site for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis,

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that opened in July 2008.  Founded by retired investment fund manager Rex Sinquefield, it more already has more than 500 members, surpassing its original goal of 300 for its first year of operation by 67 percent.  The club, which Steve Goldberg of United States Chess Federation (USCF) Online calls "certainly one of the most impressive chess centers" in the country, offers free classes for beginners, discounted tournament entry fees and discounted merchandise for club members.  For more information, please visit "" or call 314-361-CHESS.

The United States Chess Federation is the official, not-for-profit U.S. membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to grand masters.  Founded in 1939 with the merger of the American Chess Federation and the National Chess Federation, USCF has grown to more than 80,000 members and nearly 1,200 affiliated chess clubs and organizations.  USCF sanctions 25 national championship award titles to both amateurs and professionals, ranging from elementary school students to senior citizens.  For more information, visit      


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Ray Robson Scores His Second win againts a GM PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Mon, May 11 2009 (15:21)


Ray just scored his second win against a GM in the 2009 U.S. Championship. Ray lost to GM Akobian and GM Becerra and won against GM Gulko and GM Ibragimov!


GM Boris Gulko and IM Ray Robson
GM Boris Gulko and IM Ray Robson at the Opening Ceremony, Photo: Betsy Dynako

Kansas City Chess Star Makes His Move in the 2009 U.S. Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Mon, May 11 2009 (01:52)

Anna Zatonskih withdrew from the tournament for medical reasons, but not for anything life-threatening. The chess community wish her a speedy recovery. She will be replaced by Doug Eckert, an alternate player who also attended the opening ceremony. Doug will start with 0 points.


As a result of IM Anna Zatonskih’s withdrawal from the U.S. Chess Championship, the tournament field effectively has been expanded from 24 players to 25. FM Doug Eckert, the alternate who replaces Zatonskih, will start the fourth round on Monday with no points. Meanwhile, Zatonskih will finish the tournament with one-half point for a draw she earned in the second round. She will continue to be placed in the overall standings, even though she will not play any more games.


For immediate release

St. Louis, MO May 10, 2009:

Local Kansas City player International Master Michael Brooks is proving to be the dangerous unknown quantity for some of the game's leading Grandmasters in the 2009 U.S. Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


Ray Robson

IM Ray Robson, Photo: Betsy Dynako

After narrowly losing to top-rated Grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest from Baltimore, MD, in an epic opening round clash, Brooks, 47, who rarely plays outside of his native state of Missouri, caused the sensation of round two by outplaying and beating one of the pre-championship favorites in four-time U.S. Champion Grandmaster Alexander Shabalov of Pittsburgh, PA. The game proved to be one of best of the day's round and the appreciative local Missouri audience gave their man the biggest cheer of the day with the sensational win over such a high-rated opponent.

Brooks, playing opponents all rated much higher than himself in the elite event of the American game, is now playing to par with a 50 per cent score of 1.5-points from his first three games after he successfully held IM Enrico Sevillano from Tehachapi, CA, to a draw in round three.

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Media Contact: John Henderson
LIVE COVERAGE AT THE 2009 US Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Sun, May 10 2009 (15:12)


The Bobby Fischer "$64,000" prize for a perfect 9-0 score is now out of play after Hess lost to Nakamura while Shulman and Kamsky drew each other.

Live Coverage at the 2009 US Championship

GM Varuzhan Akobian looking at the 6-board display, Photo: Betsy Dynako



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