There was a very lively first round of the US Championships in Saint Louis. The main surprise came in the women's event when Irina Krush dropped a queen against Sabina-Francesca Foisor in a very playable position. Yasser Seirawan didn't back down against some very slow play by Gregory Kaidanov and at one point had a very good position. In the men's A-Group all the games were drawn. The B-Group which is regarded as wide-open by the competitors saw wins for Christiansen and Onischuk. Read Mike Klein's official press release account of the first round.