US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 / Day Two / Final

All Photos Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto     This was a TREMENDOUS two day Blitz Fight among four extremely strong players – and all extremely strong Blitz players.  Although he did not play perfectly – who did? – the winner of the event was Hikaru Nakamura.  He fought on in… Continue reading

US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 / Day One

     There were nine rounds played on Day One.  All Games – Round By Round – are below.  Winners are in BOLD. Round 1: Nakamura versus Caruana (Left)          Kasparov versus So (Right)       Round 2: Caruana versus So (Left)        … Continue reading

U.S. Championships 2016 / Round 11 / FINAL

Photos Courtesy Of Derrick Barotto   Fabiano Caruana is the new U.S. Chess Champion.  He won, rather handily, his last round game against Akshast Chandra; Fabiano had the Black pieces and defended, if you can call it that, a Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game).  As Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura drew their… Continue reading

U.S. Championship 2016 / Round 10

by National Life Master Loal Davis Photos Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.   THE game of round 10 was Hikaru Nakamura versus Jeffery Xiong.   When Xiong played his 16th move (Bh6) – Diagram immediately below – he thought he would be able to recapture his a7 Pawn by a skewer with… Continue reading

U.S. Championship 2016 / Round 8

Photos Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto      Hikaru Nakamura versus Alexander Shabalov was undoubtedly the best game of the round.  Shabalov tried a Kan variation of the Sicilian; also known as the Paulsen variation.  The game started slowly, but Black allowed Nakamura to effect the Maroczy Bind – Pawns on… Continue reading