GM Fabiano Caruana took over the sole lead of the U.S. Championship by defeating co-leader GM Hans Niemann. In the U.S. Women’s Championship, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan and WGM Jennifer Yu won to join FM Alice Lee for the lead.
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2022 U.S. Championship
GM Hans Niemann vs. GM Fabiano Caruana 0-1
GM Fabiano Caruana won a second game in a row against fellow tournament leader, GM Hans Niemann. Caruana carefully converted an extra pawn in a dramatic rook ending. Niemann had several chances to equalize the position in spite of material disadvantage, but luckily for Fabiano, he didn’t find a way to escape. “I feel exhausted… It was a very difficult game“, said Caruana in the post-game interview.
GM Wesley So vs. GM Sam Shankland 1-0
GM Wesley So vs. GM Sam Shankland was a face off between the reigning U.S. Champion and the 2018 U.S. Champion. So sacrificed the exchange to wreck Shankland’s kingside structure, established a knight on the f5-outpost, and create a mating attack.
GM Aleksandr Lenderman vs. GM Christopher Yoo 1-0
GM Aleksandr Lenderman also scored his first victory in round four, defeating GM Christopher Yoo in 70 moves. Yoo created pressure on the kingside while Lenderman focused on mopping up pawns on the queenside and then trading into a winning ending.
The remaining four games finished in draws.
2022 U.S. Women’s Championship
GM Irina Krush vs. FM Ashritha Eswaran 1-0
Eight-time U.S. Women’s Champion, GM Irina Krush, scored her first victory of the tournament against FM Ashritha Eswaran. With insightful maneuvering, Krush blockaded and then hunted down her opponent’s central passed pawns.
WGM Jennifer Yu vs. WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki 1-0
WGM Jennifer Yu built up a powerful kingside attack against WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki, ending with a stunning checkmating combination.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan vs. WGM Sabina Foisor
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan defeated WGM Sabina Foisor, gradually grinding down the former U.S. Women’s champion with an extra pawn in a rook and bishop ending.
IM Anna Zatonskih vs. WIM Megan Lee 1-0
Four-time U.S. Women’s Champion IM Anna Zatonskih gained her first victory this round against one of the tournament leaders, IM Megan Lee, in a positional duel.
The rest of the games ended in draws.
Round 5 of the 2022 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships will take place tomorrow, October 9. Watch the action live at 1:20pm CT with commentators GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Anastasiya Karlovich, and GM Cristian Chirila here.
Text by NM Vanessa West