US Champs 1: So wins as Naka and Fabi struggle
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US Champs 1: So wins as Naka and Fabi struggle

Wesley So thanked the Lord “because wins don’t come often for me nowadays” as he beat Yaroslav Zherebukh with Black to get his US Championship defence off to a good start. The other stars struggled and drew, with 15-year-old Awonder Liang giving as good as he got against Fabiano Caruana, while Hikaru Nakamura seemed worse with White by move 10 against Ray Robson. Varuzhan Akobian grabbed the day’s other win against Alexander Onischuk, while Nazi Paikidze starred in the women’s championship with a fine demolition of Jennifer Yu.

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