Gems From The 2012 U.S. Championship

Gems From The 2012 U.S. Championship‎

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It's an older archive but still worth its weight in gold. Review the best rounds from the memorable 2012 U.S. Championships with GM Eugene Perelshteyn. This tournament exceeded every chess lover's expectations. Witness the endgame prowess of GM Hikaru Nakamura, a battle battle between the game's best youth, and two powerhouse GMs from the land of the free!

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Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 1  Perelshteyn starts a new series, reviewing the most exciting games from the 2012 U.S. Championship. He displays all of the most critical, instructional and exciting moments for our members to learn from and enjoy! Batting lead-off are two of America's youngest talents, a round-one game between GMs Alex Lenderman and Ray Robson

Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 2 In round three of the 2012 U.S. Championship, two of the most solid players in America (if not the world) met up for what would surely be one of the most interesting slugfests of the tournament. The game Kamsky vs Onischuk did not disappoint with the current (now former) U.S. Champ employing the ultra-solid, though not overly aggressive, London System. Fireworks did eventually happen in the late middlegame, and the finish was a beautiful one! Perelshteyn leads the way... 

Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 3 This weekend, Perelshtyen reviews one of the most creative, exciting games from the 2012 U.S. Championship. When Nakamura faces off against the young Robson in the Dragon Sicilian, you know there exists the potential for something amazing to happen, and they don't disappoint! First, a resourceful exchange sacrifice saves the game for black, but then Nakamura finds a study-like finish to the game.

Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 4 In one of the most exciting match-ups of the 2012 U.S. Championship, young GMs Robson and Robert Hess squared off for a classic romantic chess battle! The opening quickly lead to a dynamic middlegame where black made one too many moves "without a plan," giving Robson just enough time to sacrifice a pawn and win in brilliant fashion. Enjoy the fireworks offered in this game!

Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 5 He's well known for his tactical prowess, his lightning-fast calculation skills, and great fighting spirit, but what many people don't know about Nakamura is that he also possesses great endgame skill! Today's video highlights a brilliantly developed, deep plan by the U.S. Champion that helped him convert a small positional advantage against video author, GM Gregory Kaidanov. The principle of two weaknesses is on display, and Perelshteyn leads the way!

Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 6 Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? This video by Perelshteyn reviews a game by two of the oldest, but still strongest "dogs" on the American Chess Circuit. Kamsky vs GM Yasser Seirawan starts off with a classical Caro-Kann. Surely we are about to see a slow, mild-manured, positional struggle between these two former U.S. Champions, right? Wrong! Watch and enjoy...

Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 7 Unarguably the most critical game of the 2012 U.S. Championship is on display today! Perelshteyn reviews the battle between the two pre-tournament favorites, with the defending champion (Kamsky) playing the white pieces against the highest rated player, Nakamura. A sharp Open Sicilian leads to an unbalanced middlegame where subtle tactics ultimately decide the outcome.

Gems from the 2012 US Championship — Part 8 It's no surprise that Perelshteyn's final gem from the 2012 U.S. Championship is yet another brilliancy by the player who won the tournament, Nakamura! Here Hikaru employs an old-school variation against the French (2.f4) to take advantage of his un-prepared opponent. A positional masterpiece ends with fireworks as Nakamura finds all the right moves to win the title with style!

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