So and Akobian Lead US Chess Championship 2017 after Round 9, with 2 Rounds to go

In Round 9 action of the US Chess Championship 2017, Wesley So won against Jeffery Xiong, while Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana both lost to Alexander Onischuk and Varuzhan Akobian, respectively.

US Chess Championship 2017 Round 9 Results

1Akobian, Varuzhan1-0Caruana, Fabiano
2Nakamura, Hikaru0-1Onischuk, Alexander
3Naroditsky, Daniel½-½Shabalov, Alexander
4Robson, Ray½-½Zherebukh, Yaroslav
5Kamsky, Gata½-½Shankland, Samuel L
6Xiong, Jeffery0-1So, Wesley

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Thus, at the end of Round 9, Wesley So and Varuzhan Akobian share the lead, with two more rounds to go.

US Chess Championship 2017 Ranking After Round 9

1GM So, Wesley6.02822
2GM Akobian, Varuzhan6.02645
3GM Onischuk, Alexander5.52667
4GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav5.02605
5GM Caruana, Fabiano4.52817
6GM Nakamura, Hikaru4.52793
7GM Robson, Ray4.02668
8GM Shankland, Samuel L4.02666
9GM Kamsky, Gata4.02659
10GM Naroditsky, Daniel4.02646
11GM Xiong, Jeffery3.52674
12GM Shabalov, Alexander3.02556

Wesley So is set to face Gata Kamsky and Daniel Naroditsky in the last two rounds, while Akobian is playing against Ray Robson and Hikaru Nakamura.

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