Two of my friends, 2008 U.S. Champion Shulman and 2008 SPICE Cup Co-Champion Akobian are facing off in a match in California. Akobian drew first blood with a win in game 1.

GM Akobian (2612) – GM Shulman (2632) [E61]
California Chess Match (1), 22.04.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0–0 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 c5 7.e3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Be2 d6 10.0–0 Bd7 11.Rc1 Rc8 12.a3 Ne5 13.Qb3 Bc6 14.Rfd1 Qa5 15.Qa2 Qb6 16.b4 Rfe8 17.Bxf6 exf6 18.Nb3 Qc7 19.Qd2 b6 20.Qxd6 Qb7 21.Bf1 Re6 22.Qd2 Bf3 23.Re1 f5 24.c5 Ree8 25.Nd4 Rcd8 26.Qc2 Be4 27.Nxe4 fxe4 28.c6 Qc8 29.c7 Rd7 30.Bb5 White wins 1–0

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The official website is http://www.chessmastered.com where the games will be broadcast live. I will update the results and games right here on this blog.

Organizer of the match is Thomas Southerland. Be sure to check out this exciting match between two of America’s best players!

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