On the weekend of July 20-22, Continental Chess Association held three separate events that collectively drew 712 players and awarded $62,500 in prizes!
In order for Yip to win on tiebreaks, her opponents would have to all win, and Badamkhand’s opponents would have to all lose. Amazingly, that is what happened, and she edged Badamkhand by half a tiebreak point!
GM Sam Sevian won the 12th annual Philadelphia International with an undefeated score of 7 ½ – 1 ½ pocketing $5000 for clear first.
The 2018 version of the World Open kicked off at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott last week. Counting blitz and action events, the World Open “Festival” is eighteen separate events over a twelve day period. The first two events are already in the books, and each section produced a clear winner.
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.
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