US Women's 2016 Chess Championships

US Women's 2016 Chess Championships

NM CraiggoryC
Apr 19, 2016, 1:43 PM |

Chessbase is doing a great job, analyzing and going over the US 2016 Chess Championships. Click here for their latest coverage (as of 04/19/2016).

However, running concurrently with the US Chess Championships is the US Women's Championships! IMO the US Women's games have actually been more instructive and haven't been covered nearly as much; so hopefully this blog will not be a rehash of somebody else's work :) Without further ado, let's get to the games!

Round 1

 Use Black's loose pieces to gain a huge advantage for White

Black is trying her hardest to conjure up some nasty counterplay! How did White put an end to Black's attack, and also the game!
Round 2

White had a chance to play a nice series of moves that would have lead to her advantage. Can you find them?

Can you find the correct way to draw for White here?

How did Black win the endgame after White's misstep?

Round 3
What strong attacking idea did White play here?
Can you find the most precise way for White to put the game away (and therefore beat a GM!)
Black used a good practical move to save this game. Do you know what it is?

Round 4
The good move played in this position should scream to you. What is it?

White has a very strong, multi-purpose attacking move here. What is it?

Round 5
White has a move that puts Black into zugzwang. What move makes Black helpless?
White played a nice tactical shot here. Do you see it?

How did Black manage to squelch White's attack?

Where to watch?

Live games and commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, and GM Maurice Ashley will be featured at the US Championship Official Website.

Rounds are everyday at 1 p.m. CST from April 14th-April 26th (except for the rest day of April 19th).

Vote for Who You Think Will Win in the Latest Poll

A Preview by NM Vanessa West

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Standings and Results