The U.S. Chess Championships in St. Louis have passed the halfway mark, and today is a restday.
At the open section GM Varuzhan Akobian is leading with 5/7 and at the women's section it is IM Anna Zatonskih with 5/6.
Very exciting games are being played and I decided to dedicate a new Chess News video to 8 game fragments from the first half:
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Enjoy the video!
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