GM Hans Niemann entered the round determined to have a decisive result and was the only player to score a victory today. GM Fabiano Caruana maintains his lead with Ray Robson trailing by half a point, heading into the rest day.
In the U.S. Women’s Championship, WGM Jennifer Yu held a topsy-turvy game vs. IM Paikidze to maintain her lead. GM Irina Krush continues to chase her within half a point. WGM Begim Tokhirjonova and WGM Thalia Cervantes each won to join the tie for third. Refreshingly, every victory in either section was won with the black pieces.
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 Elshan Moradiabadi vs. GM Hans Niemann 0-1
Niemann came into the game today ready for a fight, sharing with the commentators: “I decided either I’m going to lose or I’m going to win. There’s no in between!” He won an attacking game vs. Moradiabadi.
Interview: Hans Niemann: I think the comeback is certainly coming and I’ve definitely been humbled a lot in this tournament
GM Christopher Yoo vs. GM Fabiano Caruana ½-½
GM Christopher Yoo and GM Fabiano Caruana fought a close struggle for 68 moves before drawing.
The rest of the games ended in draws.
2022 U.S. Women’s Championship
FM Ashritha Eswaran vs. WGM Begim Tokhirjonova 0-1
In a double knight and double rook ending, WGM Begim Tokhirjonova’s knight pair danced through her opponent’s position, sinking into critical outposts and eventually winning material.
WIM Megan Lee vs. WGM Thalia Cervantes 0-1
WGM Thalia Cervantes defeated WIM Megan Lee in bishop pair vs. bishop pair ending.
WGM Jennifer Yu vs. IM Paikidze ½-½
WGM Yu vs. IM Paikidze was a topsy-turvy game with the advantage swinging between the two players several times. Yu won a pawn, but Paikidze gained a powerful attack. Yu defended actively and created a counterattack, leading to an explosive perpetual check finish.
The remaining games finished with peaceful results.
Round 11 of the 2022 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships will take place on Monday, October 17, after the rest day. Watch the action live at 1:20pm CT with commentators GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Anastasiya Karlovich, and GM Cristian Chirila.
Text by NM Vanessa West