Brandon Wang had a phenomenal performance in the 21st Bradley Open scoring 4-0 with a half point bye and tying for first with GM Michael Rohde and winning $825. He was paired up 3 out of 4 games, but he won them all and had a performance rating of 2233 and gained over 100 rating points! In the final two rounds on Sunday, Wang defeated GM Alexander Ivanov and FM Christopher Chase.
One of the ironies of Wang’s performance is that he almost did not play. Brandon had been experiencing some tough results of late in his last four tournaments and he dropped nearly 100 rating points from his all time peak rating of 2079. He gained all that back in one tournament (plus some) and has a new peak crossing 2100 for the first time. One of the reasons Brandon decided to play was that he won 9 months of free entries to CCA tournaments at this year’s Kasparov New York City Scholastics. He certainly put that prize to good use this weekend!
As mentioned, there was another co-champion, GM Michael Rohde. Rohde had a “routine” Saturday starting with 3-0 against experts and class A players. On Saturday morning, he defeated FM Chase in the following game.
In the last round, Rohde drew FM Josh Colas who had already taken a half point by. The only person who could possibly catch Rohde was Wang, but it seemed unlikely that he would beat FM Chase even though he had just beaten Ivanov. It certainly looked like Rohde’s 4 ½ points would be good for clear first. But there is a reason we play the game:
The Bradley Open has been going on for 21 years. This year’s event had an $8000 prize fund which drew 149 players including two GMs, three FMs, 1 WFM and three NMs in the 40 player open section.
Other section winners were:
Andrew Colwell 5-0 $800
Rishabh Vuthamaraju 4 ½ – ½ $700
Helena Servin- Demarris 5-0 $400
Helena Servin- Demarris 5-0 & Akobirkhon Saydaliev 4-1 $150 each