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Caruana Topples Niemann, Takes Sole Lead


The 2022 U.S. Chess Championship continued on Saturday with electrical video games throughout the board in spherical 4. GMs Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, and Alex Lenderman gained their respective video games with the previous rising above the remainder of the sphere by half some extent.

In the Women’s occasion, the sample of successful with white continued with 4 wins in favor of co-leaders FM Jennifer Yu and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, in addition to GM Irina Krush and IM Anna Zatonskih.

Round 5 of the occasion will begin on October 9 at 11 a.m. PT/20:00 Central European.


Caruana set the board alight in spherical 4, toppling GM Hans Niemann and ascending to outright first. Caruana has now scored two wins and two attracts heading right into a vital match in opposition to So.


Caruana gained a very powerful conflict of the day in opposition to Niemann. Photo: Crystal Fuller/Saint Louis Chess Club.

GM Rafael Leitao has given his skilled evaluation of the conflict with Niemann in our sport of the day under.

Following a horror begin, So managed to win in opposition to Olympiad teammate GM Sam Shankland. Taking on a gap theoretician like Shankland on his house turf is at all times a dangerous activity however So appeared unstoppable on the white facet of the Najdorf Sicilian on Saturday. Once the defending champion gained a spatial benefit he pounced, sacrificing a rook and pulverizing Shankland’s King. 

Lenderman’s overcome GM Christopher Yoo was the one different outcome that had a big affect on the standings, leaving a nine-way tie for third place.

Lenderman’s win in opposition to Yoo on Saturday propelled him to equal third alongside eight different gamers. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Club.

Yoo appeared to have stamped out Lenderman’s initiative out of the Closed Catalan however overestimated his personal possibilities with the bewildering 41.g5?? that left his king weak. Lenderman did not have to be requested twice and transformed after the error.

The the rest of the video games ended drawn in spherical 4, leaving 4 gamers; GMs Levon Aronian, Leinier Dominguez, Jeffery Xiong, and Ray Robson, but to discover a win with one spherical remaining earlier than the primary relaxation day.

U.S. Championship | All Games Round 4

Round 4 Open Standings

After a tricky loss in spherical three, the 2019 U.S. Women’s champion Yu rebounded and recorded a 3rd win in opposition to WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki. Yu delivered a kingside butchering to her opponent after the queenside locked up and capped off the sport with a blunt rook sacrifice, leading to a checkmate a number of strikes later.

Zatonskih was in a position to rating a key win in opposition to co-leader WIM Megan Lee and eliminated her from the highest of the standings. Lee was possible hopeful that she might capitalize on Zatonskih’s sluggish begin to the occasion however the Ukrainian-born IM snapped into kind in spherical 4.

Zatonskih clawed her approach again into rivalry. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Club.

Krush scored her first win of the occasion after a comparatively sluggish begin, defeating the struggling FM Ashritha Eswaran on the white facet of the Nimzo-Indian Defense. Krush’s victory pushed her into the equal fourth place. With so many decisive leads to the Women’s occasion, she might want to win a couple of extra video games to compete with the event leaders.

Taking full benefit of three whites out of 4 video games, Abrahamyan surged to victory in opposition to WGM Sabina Francesca-Foisor, demonstrating scientific method in a rook and bishop ending.

Abrahamyan will tackle Lee (Megan) in a high-octane round-five conflict. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Club.

U.S. Women’s Championship | All Games Round 4

Round 4 Women’s Standings (up to date outcomes from Lee-Yan will probably be added shortly)

The 2022 U.S. Chess Championships happen October 4-20, 2022 in St. Louis to find out the following chess champions of the United States. The 2022 U.S. Women’s Championship is being held concurrently. Both occasions have the identical format: 14 gamers, 13-round event with a $250,500 prize fund for the U.S. Championship, and $154,000 for the U.S. Women’s Championship.


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