Oct 19, 2021

18-year-old Carissa Yip has won her first US Women’s Chess Championship

Carissa Yip has been in incredible form since losing to Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova in Round 5, with five wins in a row leaving her uncatchable going into the final round. Her penultimate round clash with 2-time US Women’s Champion Nazi Paikidze looked like a potential stumbling block, with Carissa herself commenting afterwards:  ” I guess it still hasn’t really sunk in, but I’m so happy I can’t stop smiling! I was really surprised to win this game, because I was mostly thinking Nazi is really solid with White, I’ll just probably have to fight it out for a draw, and then tomorrow just try not to lose, so this was really a surprise.”

Until move 21 it looked as though Carissa might be in trouble, with her Modern opening leaving her a shaky position, but a very healthy lead on the clock. That factor may have been decisive when she played the double-edged 21…h5!?, relying on the resource 22.Bxg5 h4! 23.g4 Bxg4! That continuation would have been good for Black, but Carissa realised that if her opponent essentially did nothing the position would still be tough to play.

Instead 22.f4? left White dead in the water.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the US Championship games with computer analysis: Open | Women   
Nov 02, 2020

Wesley So wins US Championship

Wesley So wins US Championship with Fischeresque 9 out of 11. Wesley So cruised to a 2nd US Championship title after two quick draws on the final day. Ray Robson could have caught him with a win in their penultimate round game, but had no tricks up his sleeve against the Berlin Defence. Wesley then thanked Hikaru Nakamura for “gentlemanship and sportsmanship” in playing out a 5-minute draw that was almost a carbon copy of a game they played two years earlier. Jeffery Xiong was runner-up, just half a point behind, and earned a $25,000 present on the eve of his 20th birthday.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the US Chess Championship games with computer analysis
  • Irina Krush defies COVID to win 8th US Chess Championship
  • US Chess Champs Day 1: Wesley on 100%
  • US Chess Champs Day 2: Awonder shocks Nakamura
  • US Chess Champs Day 3: Wesley So breaks clear