43rd US Championship; 1997
Chandler, AZ

Another new format. Two 8 man divisions produced four qualifiers, who played a 2-round knockout for the title. This format used again in 1998 and 1999.


Division 1

       Player                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Score  USCF  ST  AG  FIDE
*1. GM Joel Benjamin           x   1  1  1  5 -2   2659  NY  33  2580 
*2. GM Larry Christiansen       x   1 1 1   5 -2   2632  CA  41  2550
 3. GM John Fedorowicz           x    1 1  4-2  2613  NY  38  2510
 4. GM Boris Gulko             0   x   1   3-3  2680  NJ  50  2580
 5. GM Alex Yermolinsky         0   x   1  3-3  2678  OH  39  2650 
 6. GM Walter Browne           0 0    x  1  3 -4   2630  CA  48  2530
 7. NM Jorge Zamora Jr.         0 0 0   x 1  2-4  2441  RI  18  US Jr Ch
 8. GM Alexander Ivanov        0  0  0 0 0 x  1 -6   2629  MA  41  2565


Division 2

       Player                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Score  USCF  ST  AG  FIDE
*1. GM Gregory Kaidanov        x   1    1  4-2  2690  KY  37  2600
*2. GM Yasser Seirawan          x  0  1 1 1  4-2  2689  WA  37  2630
 3. GM Nick de Firmian           x 0  1  1  4 -3   2668  NY  40  2570
 4. GM Gabriel Schwartzman     0 1 1 x  0    3-3  2618  FL  20  2515
 5. GM Roman Dzindzichashvili      x     3-3  2633  MA  53  2540
 6. GM Alexander Shabalov       0 0 1  x 1   3-3  2682  PA  29  2585
 7. GM Sergey Kudrin            0    0 x   2-4  2615  MA  37  2535
 8. GM Dmitry Gurevich         0 0 0     x  2 -5   2670  IL  40  2575

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SEMI-FINALS

   Player                 1 2 3 4
GM Joel Benjamin          1  1 -  2
GM Gregory Kaidanov       0  0 -   

   Player                 1 2 3 4
GM Larry Christiansen     0  1   2
GM Yasser Seirawan        1  0   2
     Christiansen advances after playoff.

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FINALS

   Player              1 2 3 4 5 6
GM Joel Benjamin       1 0  1    3
GM Larry Christiansen  0 1  0    2





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