Chirila Wins National Open: "Summer is Off to a Good Start"

Congratulations to Grandmaster Cristian Chirila, our new National Open Champion. Cristian won the Edmondson Cup and the $8000 prize with 6/7, a half point ahead of Dariusz Swiercz, Illia Nyzhnyk and Nikola Mitkov. The popular commentator and GM called winning the crown event of the Las Vegas Chess Festival "arguably the most challenging victory of my career." https://twitter.com/CristianChirila/status/1011310454428307456 Browse the full standings here and look for the full story on US Chess later this week by Randy Hough. Also find National Open News bulletins edited by Chris Bird, with games, analysis and photographs. 

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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Will next year's top section have a minimum rating requirement?

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

CONGRATULATIONS --- MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT! Amazing considering he hadn't played in 7 months also. Not only very popular, but also very classy.

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