[video] Chess News #45: U.S. Chess Championships, St. Louis 2014

Hi all,

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:

For full enjoyment of the video click on the YouTube icon or on the Full Screen rectangle in the bottom right hand corner of the video.

Enjoy the video!

down-to-earth advice for the aspiring chess player


  • 2 years ago


    Nice going Var Akobian!! Congratulations! He's a very down to earth, friendly, approachable guy if you get to meet him. What an accomplishment!

  • 2 years ago


    Good video.  A few thoughts:

    (Robson - Erenburg), had black played Qe4 he might have survived (since white rook on e1 has to yield the e file). 
    (Ramirez - Lendermen), had white countered with Ng5 instead of Bg5 he would have increased his chances to survive.

    It seems that American gms often have trouble with endgames. (Onischuk - Shankland)  With the exception of Russian transplants our endgame prowess leaves something to be desired.

  • 2 years ago


    Hi nobita_isc,

    My pleasure!

  • 2 years ago


    Thank you for sharing, Waldemar. I really enjoyed your explaination. :) 

  • 2 years ago


    Hi iMacChess,

    You're welcome!

  • 2 years ago


    Great video! Thanks for sharing...

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