Hello from Philadelphia! Sometimes playing chess gets in the way of blogging about chess.
Gata Kamsky beat Sam Shankland to reach the finals of the 2011 U.S. Championship. Our own Yury Shulman faces Robert Hess in a rapid playoff to determine the other finalist tomorrow. Follow the action at uschesschamps.com: the Shulman-Hess playoff begins at 2 p.m.