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US Chess Championships 2016, Saint Louis

The US Chess Championships 2016 took place in Saint Louis, United States of America, 13th-29th April. Games: 14th-18th, 20th-25th. Rest Day 19th April. Blitz 28th-29th April.
1. Fabiano Caruana - 8.5 out of 11 scores, 2-3. Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura - 7.5, 4. Ray Robson - 7, 5. Alexander Onischuk - 6, 6. Jeffery Xiong - 5.5, 7. Gata Kamsky - 5, 8-10. Aleksandr Lenderman, Varuzhan Akobian, Samuel Shankland - 4.5, 11. Alexander Shabalov - 4, 12. Akshat Chandra - 1.5.

The Ultimate Blitz Challenge, 28th-29th April 2016: Garry Kasparov, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura. 1. Hikaru Nakamura - 11 out of 18, 2. Wesley So - 10, 3. Garry Kasparov - 9.5, 4. Fabiano Caruana - 5.5.
Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016: Games, Day 2
Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016: Games, Day 1

Crosstable of the US Chess Championship 2016, Saint Louis 2016
1 Caruana, Fabiano 2795 ** 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.5
2 So, Wesley 2773 ** 1 1 1 1 7.5
3 Nakamura, Hikaru 2787 0 ** 1 1 1 1 1 7.5
4 Robson, Ray 2663 ** 1 1 1 7
5 Onischuk, Alexander 2664 0 0 ** 1 1 1 6
6 Xiong, Jeffery 2618 0 ** 1 5.5
7 Kamsky, Gata 2678 0 0 ** 1 5
8 Lenderman, Aleksandr 2618 0 0 0 ** 1 4.5
9 Akobian, Varuzhan 2615 0 0 0 ** 0 1 1 4.5
10 Shankland, Samuel 2656 0 0 0 1 ** 0 1 4.5
11 Shabalov, Alexander 2528 0 0 0 0 1 ** 4
12 Chandra, Akshat 2477 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ** 1.5

Round 11, 25.04.2016
Onischuk-Akobian 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined.
Xiong-Shabalov 1/2.
Robson-Nakamura 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Lenderman-So 1/2. Wesley grabbed a pawn.
Kamsky-Shankland 1/2. With counterplay.
Chandra-Caruana 0-1. The Spanish Game.

US Chess Championship 2016, Saint Louis. Rounds 9-11: Games

Round 10, 24.04.2016
Akobian-Chandra 1-0. The Semi-Slav Defence. With counterplay.
Caruana-Kamsky 1/2. The Sicilian Defence.
Shankland-Lenderman 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence, 4.f3. A very aggressive line. Sam had a clear advantage. But 18.Nxc4 was stronger.
So-Robson 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence.
Nakamura-Xiong 1-0. The King's Indian Saemisch after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 Nc6. Hikaru had the better chances, won a pawn.
Shabalov-Onischuk 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined.

Round 9, 23.04.2016
Shabalov-Akobian 0-1. The Catalan Opening. With counterplay.
Onischuk-Nakamura 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Hikaru had an easy game.
Xiong-So 1/2. The Spanish Game. With equality.
Robson-Shankland 1/2. The Reti Opening. With counterplay.
Lenderman-Caruana 0-1. The Queen's Gambit Declined. 19.Qb3? is an error, and Black could have won with 19...Ne4!. Fabiano preferred 19...Kh8 with a clear advantage.
Kamsky-Chandra 1-0. 1.b3 e5. Gata obtained a small advantage thanks to the strong dark-squared bishop.

US Chess Championship 2016, Saint Louis. Rounds 5-8: Games

Round 8, 22.04.2016
Akobian-Kamsky 1/2. The King's Indian Defence. White played 6.g4 and 7.g5. Unclear.
Chandra-Lenderman 0-1. The Sicilian Defence. With counterplay.
Caruana-Robson 1/2. The French Defence.
Shankland-Xiong 1/2. The Trompowsky Attack.
So-Onischuk 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Nakamura-Shabalov 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. Hikaru had the better chances. grabbed the exchange.

Round 7, 21.04.2016
Nakamura-Akobian 1-0. The Russian Game. A theoretical duel. 24...Bb3 was better.
Shabalov-So 0-1. The Queen's Gambit. 18.Nf5 was better, Sarkar-Mo, Arlington 2013. Alexander made mistakes and lost in 23 moves.
Onischuk-Shankland 1-0. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Alexander outplayed the rival in the endgame.
Xiong-Caruana 1/2. The Spanish Game. Fabiano had good counterplay.
Robson-Chandra 1-0. The French Defence. Ray grabbed a pawn with 22.Nxb7.
Lenderman-Kamsky 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence.

Round 6, 20.04.2016
Akobian-Lenderman 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. Varuzhan had a small edge.
Kamsky-Robson 1/2. The Catalan Opening. White had two bishops.
Chandra-Xiong 1/2. The The Queen's Indian Defence.
Caruana-Onischuk 1-0. The Spanish Game. Fabiano grabbed a pawn, planned to win in the endgame.
Shankland-Shabalov 0-1. The Sicilian Defence. Alexander grabbed the exchange.
So-Nakamura 1/2. The French Defence. Hikaru had good counterplay on the queenside. A draw by perpetual check.

Round 5, 18.04.2016
So-Akobian 1-0. The French Defence. White had a small edge and could attack on the king's wing with g4. Wesley preferred to play in the centre with 16.Rhe1, with an advantage, he brilliantly sacrificed a knight and a rook and won in 24 moves.
Nakamura-Shankland 1-0. The Caro-Kann Defence. Hikaru attacked with 23.f5. 24.fxe6 was even better.
Shabalov-Caruana 1/2. The endgame was drawn.
Onischuk-Chandra 1-0. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. White was better, because Black lost a tempo with the manoeuvre ...Qe7-e4-e7. Alexander grabbed pawns and won.
Xiong-Kamsky 1-0. The Alekhine Defence. Gata had excellent counterplay, but made a big error 35...Bxf3? and lost.
Robson-Lenderman 1/2. Ray had a clear advantage, because stormed the queenside with b4-b5, could have won with 28.b6, 47.Nd2+.

US Chess Championship 2016, Saint Louis. Rounds 1-4: Games

Round 4, 17.04.2016
Akobian-Robson 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. With counterplay.
Lenderman-Xiong 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. With equality.
Kamsky-Onischuk 1/2. The London System of the Queen's Pawn Game. The rivals traded pieces.
Chandra-Shabalov 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence. A theoretical duel. Akshat had a small advantage.
Caruana-Nakamura 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. With counterplay. Fabiano outplayed the rival in the middlegame, grabbed the exchange.
Shankland-So 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. A quick draw.

Round 3, 16.04.2016
Shankland-Akobian 1-0. The French Defence. With counterplay. 33...Nb4 was a mistake, and Sam obtained a clear advantage in the endgame with 34.a4, then he gathered pawns on the kingside.
So-Caruana 1/2. The Queen's Gambit. Wesley had good compensation for the pawn: Black's pawn structure was bad. However Fabiano got a small edge in the ending, had a strong passed b-pawn.
Nakamura-Chandra 1/2. The Reti Opening. Unclear.
Shabalov-Kamsky 1/2. Alexander had a slight advantage. 20.g4 was better.
Onischuk-Lenderman 1-0. The Slav Defence. Black grabbed a pawn, but White had two bishops. 20...a6 was better.
Xiong-Robson 1/2. The London System of the Queen's Pawn Game. 17.c4 was stronger.

Round 2, 15.04.2016
Akobian-Xiong 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. A draw by perpetual check.
Robson-Onischuk 1-0. The London System of the Queen's Pawn Game.
Lenderman-Shabalov 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. White attacks on the kingside, but 19.Bxh5 was better. With counterplay. A draw by perpetual check.
Kamsky-Nakamura 1/2. The London System of the Queen's Pawn Game. A quick draw.
Chandra-So 0-1. The Caro-Kann Defence. Black grabbed a pawn.
Caruana-Shankland 1-0. The French Defence. With counterplay, but in the middlegame Fabiano outplayed the rival.

Round 1, 14.04.2016
Caruana-Akobian 1-0. The Scandinavian Defence.
Shankland-Chandra 1-0. The French Defence.
So-Kamsky 1-0. The Spanish Game. Wesley sacrificed a knight and won.
Nakamura-Lenderman 1-0. The Catalan Opening. Hikaru grabbed the exchange.
Shabalov-Robson 0-1. The Catalan Opening.
Onischuk-Xiong 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Accepted.
Games USCC 2016 (66, pgn)

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