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By Jennifer Shahade/Betsy Dynako   
May 19, 2008
Group photo before the start of a very violent round 7. Photo Betsy Dynako

Although he was leading by a full point going into the round, Yury Shulman was not content to coast. He scored a full point against Julio Becerra with Black, in a wild Winawer that finished on a pretty note:

Position after 39.Kg3. Black to Move

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Shulman's closest rivals, Alexander Onischuk and Sergey Kudrin are still a full point behind, though they both had to win their round six games to get that close.

Round seven contrasted sharply with the peaceful nature of round six, with only one draw in 12 games. Check out some highlights below and play through all the games on Monroi.com.

Betsy Dynako's round seven video report includes footage of analysis of Daniel Ludwig and David Pruess's post-mordem:

Frank Berry U.S. Championship

Standings after seven rounds
1. Yury Shulman-6
2-3. Sergey Kudrin and Alexander Onischuk-5
4-6. Josh Friedel, Eugene Perelshteyn, Varuzhan Akobian-4.5
7-8. John Fedorowicz and Julio Becerra-4
9-15. David Pruess, Jesse Kraai, Alex Yermolinsky, Benjamin Finegold, Boris Gulko, Gregory Kaidanov, Alexander Shabalov- 3.5
16-19. Larry Kaufman, Daniel Ludwig, Alexander Ivanov, Dmitry Gurevich- 3
20-21. David Vigorito and Dean Ippolito- 2.5
22-23. Michael Langer and Sam Shankland-2
24. Sergey Galant
Round 8 pairings
1 GM Yuri Shulman (2676 : 6.0) - GM Eugene Perelshteyn (2626 : 4.5)
2 GM Varuzhan Akobian (2666 : 4.5) - GM Alex Onischuk (2728 :5.0)
3 IM Josh Friedel (2539 : 4.5) - GM Sergey Kudrin (2588 : 5.0)
4 GM Alex Shabalov (2709 : 3.5) - GM Julio Becerra (2648 : 4.0)
5 GM John Fedorowicz (2514 : 4.0) - GM Gregory Kaidanov (2697 : 3.5)
6 GM Boris Gulko (2623 : 3.5) - GM Jesse Kraai (2569 :3.5)
7 GM Alex Yermolinsky (2568 : 3.5) - IM Ben Finegold (2613 : 3.5)
8 IM David Pruess (2497 : 3.5) - GM Alex Ivanov (2628 : 3.0)
9 IM Larry Kaufman (2384 : 3.0) - IM Dean Ippolito (2512 : 2.5)
10 NM Sam Shankland (2299 : 2.0) - FM Daniel Ludwig (2429 : 3.0)
11Sergey Galant (2176 : 1.00) - GM Dmitry Gurevich (2594 : 3.0)
12 IM David Vigorito (2439 : 2.5) - FM Michael Langer (2307 : 2.0)

Katerine Rohonyan, Irina Krush, Iryna Zenyuk and Anna Zatonskih

Frank Berry U.S. Women's Championship
Standings after seven rounds
1. Irina Krush-6.5
2. Anna Zatonskih-6
3. Tatev Abrahamyan-5
4-5. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Katerine Rohonyan-4.5
6. Tsagaan Battsetseg-3.5
7. Iryna Zenyuk-2.5
8. Esther Epstein-1.5
9. Chouchanik Airapetian-1.0
10. Courtney Jamison- 0

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs was the first to nick Anna Zatonskih.

In the women's, Irina Krush leapfrogged over her main rival, Anna Zatonskih. Anna was on a perfect 5/5 going into the round, but suffered her first loss to Batchimeg Tuvshintugs.

Meanwhile, Irina Krush defeated Chouchanik Airapetian's King Indian Defense with the Four Pawns Attack. Tomorrow, the Krush-Zatonskih match-up begins at 3:30 EST, and the game will likely determine the 2008 U.S. Women's Champion.

Watch the games live on Monroi.com and also check out radio commentary by Alan Stein and Tom Braunlich.

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