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|Opening Round Shocker|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|May 13, 2008|
Defending U.S. Champion Alexander Shabalov began the 2008 Frank Berry
U.S. Championship with a shockingly short loss to Alexander Yermolinsky
when Shabalov blundered on move 18. The two Grandmasters were pictured chatting at the players' meeting , but clearly a friendly game was not in the cards.
Shabalov played 18...Ne7?? here and resigned in view of 19. Nxd5, winning instantly due to 19...Qxd2 20.Nxe7+ Kf7 21. Rxd2 Kxe7 22.Bc5+
Watch the rest of the games live on Monroi.com and look for a full report on CLO later tonight.