This will be the first time in the history of the NATO Chess Championship that the event will be held in the United States and only the second time that the event will be held in the Western Hemisphere.
The 26thAnnual Midwest Class Championship was held from October 6th to 8th in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, IL and drew 333 players pursuing the $20,000 guaranteed prize fund.
GM Timur Gareyev, the Blindfold King, won the Atlantic Open held August 25-27 at the Washington DC Crystal City Hilton with a score of 4 ½ – ½. While he didn’t have to play blindfolded, he did play an unintentional Swiss gambit.
Four players finished tied for first in the Indianapolis Open held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Indianapolis Airport from August 27-29. GM Priyadharshan Kannappan, IM Ron Burnett, SM Mika Brattain and NM Jason Wang all scored 4-1 to tie for first and take $975, with Brattain taking an extra $100 for the best tiebreaks.
IM Andrey Gorovets won the Manhattan Open with a score of 4 ½ – 1/2, taking the $2000 first prize and $100 clear first bonus. His path to victory was slightly unusual, but was very dominant.
Nine-year-old Liran Zhou crossed the 2200 threshold with his last round win at the Continental Open. That day, he was 9 years, 3 months, and 22 days old.
Senior Master Mika Brattain started the Cleveland Open as the tournament’s top seed and played every game on board one scoring four wins and a quick last round draw to take the $2000 first place and $100 clear first place bonus.
GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez was the highest rated of the three GMs at 2696 USCF, and he played every game on board one en route to winning the tournament, but it was certainly anything but easy.
In what is becoming a trend, the tournament broke attendance records, and the younger, non-GMs won the tournament.
IMs John Burke and Nicolas Checa achieved GM norms at the Philadelphia International. Both IMs are 15 years old, and both achieved their norm with…
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