The U.S. Championship (like the Masters, if there are any golf fans out there) finished yesterday with a two-way tie atop the leaderboard. Wesley So and Alexander Onischuk both finished with 7/11, half a point ahead of Varuzhan Akobian, Hikaru Nakamura, and Fabiano Caruana. (Akobian could have joined the tiebreak or even won the event outright win a win in the last round. He had chances, too, despite having Black against Nakamura, but a mistake on move 26 cost him the initiative and more.)
So defeated Onischuk in their head-to-head matchup earlier in the tournament, but that doesn't count for anything in today's playoff. The action begins at 1 p.m. local time in St. Louis, which is 2 p.m. ET/6 p.m. GMT/7 p.m. CET.
The Women's Championship finished yesterday with a surprise winner, as Sabina Foisor took clear first with 8/11. Nazi Paikidze took clear second a point behind, and had excellent chances to tie for first. She had white in the last round against a considerably lower-rated player, but she faltered after a good opening and lost. Many-time U.S. Women's Champion Irina Krush had a second straight disappointing event, finishing third with 6.5 points, and four players finished another half a point behind, including Anna Zatonskih, another many-time winner of this event.