The favorites to qualify would have to be top seeded WFM Martha Samadashvili rated 2172 or second seeded Sophie Morris-Suzuki rated 2146. But there were also two other experts and five Class A players who would be looking to pull off the upset.
GM Ruifeng Li won the 12th annual Philadelphia Open held from March 28 to April 1 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
FM David Peng won clear first at the 2018 National High School Championship with an undefeated score of 6 ½ – ½. The…
GM Alexander Shabalov won clear first at the Golden Anniversary of the Liberty Bell Open held from January 12-15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is the third year in a row that Shabalov has won or tied for first.
GM Kamil Dragun won the Golden State Open held from January 11-15 in Concord, California.
Certainly, Smith had to be regarded as one of the contenders for a top prize, but given that he was over 200 points lower rated than the top few seeds, winning clear first has to be regarded as a bit of a surprise and a significant accomplishment.
Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin needed a victory in the final round to win 1st. He did emerge victorious in the following game.
After four rounds, IMs Keaton Kiewra and Joshua Sheng were the only players at 4-0.
The nature of the Swiss system pretty much requires the higher rated players to play for a win, especially in the early rounds when the rating differences are the greatest.
This is the first tournament Elshan won as a US citizen. Congratulations Elshan!
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