Nyzhnyk Wins U.S. Open; Moradiabadi Qualifies for U.S. Championship

Grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk scored an astounding 8/9 to win the 2019 U.S. Open. He takes home $6400 for his efforts, plus a bonus of $200 for uncontested first place.

Anand Dommalapati and Illia Nyzhnyk (photo Hartmann)

GM Timur Gareyev lost to Nyzhnyk in the final round. A half-point behind Nyzhnyk, Gareyev burned bridges to try and take the full point, but came up short. The game is also annotated in Kostya Kavutskiy’s final Game of the Day report.

Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi qualified for the 2020 U.S. Championship with his Armageddon win over IM Bryce Tiglon. Moradiabadi had 7 minutes and 30 seconds on his clock to Tiglon’s 10 minutes for the Armageddon game, but took draw odds in compensation. He won the game outright after a key error by Tiglon.

Final standings:

8.0 – Nyzhnyk

7.5 – Bruzon Batista, Dragun

7.0 – Swiercz, Mikhalevski, Moradiabadi, Shabalov, Barcenilla Jr, Molner, Sarkar, Tiglon, Burnett, Triplett.

Section winners:



  1. Suggestion for next year: a certificate for the top scoring player from each state,as well as Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

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