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.”
Had a tremendous time in Las Vegas and took home the 2018 National Open title! Great props to my opponents, who have tested me continuously and helped me sharpen my skills along the way. Summer is off to a good start! pic.twitter.com/BWe7qPGCKz
— Cristian Chirila (@CristianChirila) June 25, 2018
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.