We would like to express our sincere gratitude for generosity in funding Special Prizes for players and spectators.
Game of the Day Prizes
Round 1: Gulko - Kaufman 1:0
Round 2: Becerra - Fedorowicz 1:0
Round 3: Gulko - Shulman 0:1
Round 4: Friedel - Gulko 1:0
Round 5: Tuvshintugs - Zenyuk 1/2
Round 6: Rohonyan - Abrahamyan 0:1
Round 7: Ivanov - Fedorowicz 0:1
Round 8: Zatonskih-Krush 1/2
Round 9: Ippolito - Gulko 0:1
A "Fighting Spirit Award" of $100 per round has been donated to the Championships by Jeff Smith, of South Carolina. It is to be awarded to the most fighting game of each round (in either tournament), as voted on by the viewers each day on MonRoi. $75 to the winner and $25 to the loser. The cutoff time for voting is at noon, central time.
Fantasy Chess Team Contest Awards
Round 1: Lawrence Rostoker
Round 2: John Stokes
Round 3: Tom Allen
Round 4: Karl Bodenheimer
Round 5: Rich Van Riper
Round 6: David Kaufman
Round 7: Bob Halliday
Round 8: Mark Fortunati
Ilan Meerovich earned the top score in the 2008 Fantasy U.S. chess championship competition, taking the grand prize of a Monroi PCM and a board signed by all the participants in the 2008 Frank Berry U.S. Championship. Michael Langer was on four of the top five teams, so he was the #1 key to success.
USCF Awards promoted by Jennifer Shahade and Arun Sharma.
Godesschess and Susan Polgar PrizeSusan Polgar announced that the 2008 Goddesschess Fighting Award winner is Tatev Abrahamyan. Tatev finished with 6 wins, 3 losses and no draw.
Godesschess is the sponsor of the fighting chess prize of the 2008 U.S. Women's Championship. The prize is $350 and the Susan Polgar Foundation added an additional $150 to round it off to $500.
Chess Cruise Awards
The champion received a spot on the Caribbean Gambit Chess Cruise valued at over $5,000 cash plus expenses.