NY Chess Grandmaster Wins US Championship in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 36-year-old chess grandmaster from New York has won the U.S. Championship in St. Louis.

Gata Kamsky defeated Grandmaster Yury Shulman of Chicago in the final match on Wednesday. The game lasted 2 1/2 hours.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosted the event. The organization says Kamsky gets $42,000 and Shulman gets $30,000 of the $170,000 prize fund. The event featured 16 competitors, and lower-place finishers also will receive prize money.

The U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship got under way April 14 with exhibition matches. The women’s championship has a prize fund of at least $60,000 and was wrapping up Thursday.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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