Home Page arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2010 arrow June arrow Akobian, Lenderman and Kekelidze Perfect as National Open Merges
Akobian, Lenderman and Kekelidze Perfect as National Open Merges Print E-mail
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 12, 2010
Lenderman225.jpgGMs Varuzhan Akobian, Aleksandr Lenderman and Mikheil Kekelidze are on perfect 3-0s as the three and two-day schedules merge at the 2010 National Open. The event is held at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas for the second year. Although the South Point is far from the "Strip", it features large and comfortable hotel rooms, a bowling alley and a movie theater. This year's field includes 19 GMs, IM Irina Krush, mother-daughter duo WGM Sabina and IM Christina-Adela Foisor and rising players such as Daniel Naroditsky, Daniel John Bryant and Tatev Abrahamyan.  Follow the action on the official website, Monroi.com for live games and be sure to check out Chris Bird's illustrated bulletins

The leaders all come from the 3-day schedule. Going into round three, there were 15 perfect scores but only a trio of games were decisive:


 John Daniel Bryant faces GM Aleksandr Lenderman, Photo Chris Bird  

GM Varuzhan Akobian, Photo Chris Bird 

GM Mikhail Kelikidze, Photo Chris Bird 

Six-time US Champion Walter Browne is also competing in the event. He drew his round three game against Pavel Tregubov of Russia. 
GM Walter Browne vs. GM Pavel Tregubov, Photo Chris Bird 

Tatev Abrahamyan, who is coming off a great result at the 2010 Chicago Open, decided to play on the spur of the moment and traveled with GM Alejandro Ramirez to Vegas. When asked how it felt to play in the two-day, Alejandro called it exhausting and exhilirating. But even the two-day schedule's quickened time control leads to memorable games, such as this one in which the young Alex Barnett pulled off an upset over Slava Mikhaliuk. 

Round four match-ups include Lenderman vs. Kekelidze and Akobian vs. Tregubov. Catch the live Monroi feed on the official site. 

June - Chess Life Online 2010

Bryan Smith Wins Philly International as World Open Kicks Off Karpov's Big Think Searching for Food at the World Open L.A. Vibe Prepares to Join US Chess League IM Bryan Smith Leading Philadelphia International 2010 US Junior Open Set for Houston, July 23-25Juniors Storm Philadelphia International Chess Adventures in VietnamFields set for 2010 U.S. Women's and Junior Closed Champs New York International: Ehlvest and Harikrishna TieHBO Real Sports to Feature Brownsville Chess Success Story The US Championship in Black and White Copper "Norm" State Recap Norm-Hunters Charge New York International A Chess Dad's Philadelphia StoryNew York International Set for Marshall Chess Club June 18-22USCF Promotes National Chess Day, October 9Fun & Chess in Las VegasGareev Wins National Open Akobian Surges Ahead in Las Vegas Akobian, Lenderman and Kekelidze Perfect as National Open Merges Fridman Tops G/10 as Las Vegas Chess Festival BeginsMolner Leads Norm-Bonanza at Copper State Searching for Diane Savereide Moving up the Ladder: A Class Player on Gaining 200 Rating PointsA Three-Way Tie at the Capablanca Memorial in Santa Clara Norm-Hunters Emerge at Copper State International Copper State International Begins! An Interesting Chess Sacrifice Curtis Winter's Junior Grand Prix Odyssey A Parent's Perspective on the Chicago Open The June Check is in the Mail Van Wely Wins in Chicago as Norm Season Begins The Road to GM Continues US Champion Kamsky Video Interview