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Sunday, May 17, 2009

United States Chess Championship Update round 9

The United States Chess Championship has reached the final round of play. Currently their are two leaders, GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Robert Hess (the big surprise of the championship!). Both players enter the final round of play with identical scores of 6 points. Hess plays on board one in the 9th round, having the white pieces against GM Varuzhan Akobian (who has 5 1/2 points). Nakamura plays on board two in the 9th round of play, and has the white pieces against
GM Josh Friedel. GM's Kamsky and Onischuk both have 5.5 points heading into the last round. What happens if there is a tie for first after the end of round robin play? This:

"If the 2009 U.S. Championship ends in a tie for first, all tied players up to a total of four players will contest a playoff match for the title of 2009 U.S. Champion and for the $5000 Jackpot Bonus. If there are more than four players tied for first the following tie-breaks will be used to determine four players to contest tiebreak C below: (1) Modified median, (2) Solkoff, (3) Cumulative, (4) Cumulative of Opposition, (5) Most Blacks, (6) Score against other Tied Players (7) Most Wins. In all cases, the main prize pool will be split equally.


A. Two Players:
If two players tie for first, they will enter a tiebreak that begins at 5:00 pm or no earlier than an hour after the conclusion of either Player’s final round.
The base time for the game is 45 minutes+ 5 second increment. It will be a draw odds game (Black wins on a draw.) The players will both bid on the amount of time (minutes and seconds, a number equal or less to 45:00) that they are willing to play with in order to choose their color. The player who bid the lower number of time chooses his or her color and gets the amount of time they wrote down; the other side always receives 45:00. If both players pick exactly the same number, the chief arbiter will flip a coin to determine who shall choose their color.
If either player wins, he or she gets the title of U.S. Champion and the $5,000 Jackpot Bonus. If the game is a draw, Black wins the title of U.S. Champion, but the Jackpot Bonus will be split equally.
B. Three players:
The Playoff for three players or more begins at 5 pm on May 17, 2009. If there are three players tied for first, the player with the highest tie-breaks in the math tie-breaks will choose between a.) getting a bye into the first round or b.) playing the preliminary round. If he or she chooses b.), the bye into the final round will be passed on to the next player by tiebreak, and if the second player by tiebreak also refuses the bye, it will be forced on to the final player by tiebreak. "

source:http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009-About

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