Check out the full replay of live coverage from the day here. The time control for the event is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game; with a 30-second increment starting from move 1.
2022 U.S. Championship
GM Ray Robson vs. GM Wesley So 1-0
GM Ray Robson was well-prepared for the risky variation of the Nimzo-Indian Defense employed by GM Wesley So, gaining a powerful kingside attack.
To the shock of all watching, GM Leinier Dominguez won his game in just 10 moves. GM Elshan Moradiabadi employed the Petroff Defense, an opening he doesn’t usually play, and overlooked a tactical trap. In the post-game interview, Leinier described the game as very unusual.
The other three games ended peacefully. For the first time, there were more decisive games than draws.
2022 U.S. Women’s Championship
WIM Megan Lee vs. WGM Jennifer Yu 1-0
WGM Jennifer Yu began expanding ambitiously on the queenside and center, launching the game into tactical mayhem. WIM Megan Lee countered actively, gained the upper hand, and simplified to a winning endgame.
WGM Begim Tokhirjonova vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 1-0
WGM Begim Tokhirjonova vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan was a tactical duel in the French Advanced.
FM Ashritha Eswaran vs. WGM Sabina Foisor 1-0
FM Ashritha Eswaran responded with a deflection tactic when her opponent captured a poisoned pawn.
FM Alice Lee vs. FM Rochelle Wu 0-1
FM Rochelle Wu fought FM Alice Lee in a five hour plus game, eventually converting her extra pawn in the queen ending.
IM Paikidze vs. WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki 1-0
IM Paikidze gained her first victory of the tournament vs. WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki, gaining an extra pawn on the kingside out of the opening and later hunting down her opponent’s king.
For a second round in a row, five out of seven games finished decisively while the remaining two ended in draws.
Round 8 of the 2022 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships will take place on Thursday, October 13. Watch the action live at 1:20pm CT with commentators GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Anastasiya Karlovich, and GM Cristian Chirila.