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Hikaru Nakamura, 16, from White Plains, NY, the 2005 U.S.
Chess Champion, and to Rusudan Goletiani, 24, from Hartsdale, NY, the 2005
Women's Champion! The 2005 U.S. Chess Championship, with men and women
competing in the same event, took place from 23 November to 5 December in
San Diego, CA.
The 9-round event finished in a tie for the overall title between Nakamura and Alexander Stripunsky, 34, from Rego Park, NY. Goletiani tied for the women's title with Tatev Abrahamyan, 16, from Glendale, CA.
In a playoff
match held on the final day, Nakamura beat Stripunsky 2-0 to win the title
and the $25,000 first prize. Goletiani beat Abrahamyan by the same score to
win the $12,500 women’s prize.
Nakamura is the youngest winner of the U.S. title since Robert J. (Bobby) Fischer won at the age of 14 in 1957. The new champion holds the record as the youngest American Grandmaster of all time.
He earned the GM title in
2003 at the age of 15 years 2 months, eclipsing the record set in 1958 by
Fischer, who went on to become World Champion in 1972.
The U.S. Championship was presented in San Diego for the first time by America’s Foundation for Chess (AF4C; www.af4c.org) and the NTC Foundation. The championship web site (www.uschesschampionship.com) was visited by over 63,000 people who viewed over 2.2 millions pages. A full list of participants and their winnings is on the site's prizes and awards page.
The new home for the event will be at the NTC Promenade (www.ntcpromenade.org), beginning in February 2006. (For previous reports and links see Elsewhere on the Web 27 November and 4 December.)
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