Day 1: Chess Me Tender

Photo Credit: Tim Hanks

Welcome to Opening Day of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival at the Westgate. We were graced by the presence of Elvis, perhaps to generate interest for the release of the biopic portrayed by Tom Hanks on June 24th.

But, that is still a couple weeks away. In the meantime, Rock and Roll to chess! Click here for the schedule of events.

US Women’s Open Rounds 1-3

Suspicious [chess] minds have arrived, starting with the morning rounds of the US Women’s Open, looking to become the new champion. Both WGM Carla Heredia and WFM Zoey Tang, co-champions of last year’s event are not competing, leaving the field wide open. Zoey is competing in the National Open, trying to obtain another WIM norm. She recently earned one at a PNWCC event, and wish her well in her pursuit this week. The US Women’s Open has been a part of the Las Vegas Chess Festival for many years, and many more to come. Some have offered to share their experience in this event, which will be featured tomorrow.

National Open Round 1

Photo Credit: Tim Hanks

The National Open started on Wednesday evening, with the 5 day schedule. Top seed GM Illia Nyzhnyk defeats last year’s US Women’s Open co-champion WFM Zoey Tang, while Benjamin Shoykhet notches an upset against IM Kenneth Frey

Track(s) of the day, Coyne-Guo

While top games can be seen live on the Follow Chess website, as well as several other broadcasting sites, we would like to thank GM Michael Rohde, for providing analysis on the following game between Theodore Coyne and IM Arthur Guo. IM Guo earned a GM norm at this event last year with a 7/9 finish. In a four-way tie for first place, Guo also was the winner of the Edmondson’s Cup.

**The annotation cuts off, but the final comment was “After White’s 37th, Coyne had 38 seconds left, and Guo had 43 seconds left. Then, after 37 … Nd3, Black is better and later won.”

Tune in for Thursdays recap, thank you for your time. Thank you, Thank you very much.

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