Statement on Calculation of 2020 US Chess Grand Prix Prizes

US Chess presents the final standings for the 2020 US Chess Grand Prix.  These standings will appear in an upcoming issue of Chess Life.

 

Place

Name

ID

ST

Points

 Prize

1st

JAVAKHADZE, ZURABI

15574183

TX

80

 $     5,000

2nd

BRYANT, JOHN DANIEL

12796667

CA

66.5

 $     2,500

3rd

SHLYAKHTENKO, ROBERT

14951916

CA

58.5

 $     1,000

4th

SHABALOV, ALEXANDER

12544264

PA

57.5

 $         900

5th

GRABINSKY, AARON

14456386

OR

48.6

 $         800

6th

RAMBALDI, FRANCESCO

13962544

MO

44

 $         700

7th

CORRALES JIMENEZ, FIDEL

14958890

MA

42

 $         600

8th

NIEMANN, HANS

15041466

CT

39.43

 $         500

9th-10th

BALAKRISHNAN, PRAVEEN

14056673

VA

38

 $         250

9th-10th

JACOBSON, BRANDON

14160065

NJ

38

 $         250

 

We apologize for any confusion regarding the Grand Prix standings.  The final standings here have inconsistencies when compared to the standings published in the January 2021 Chess Life, which covered events through December 1, 2020.  What follows is an explanation for those inconsistencies.

The system which has calculated Grand Prix standings for many years failed to credit players from certain membership categories with the points they earned in Grand Prix events ending after July 7, 2020.  This was an unintended consequence of a coding change in our new membership database that launched on July 10, 2020.  As a result of this coding change, points had been incorrectly given to players who finished lower in the event standings, as the correct players had been skipped.  Due to the lack of Grand Prix events after July 7, this error was not immediately identified. 

Once this coding error was identified in December 2020, manual re-calculations for all 2020 Grand Prix events were undertaken to ensure the accuracy of the standings. As a result of this, some players had points added compared to previously published standings, whereas a few players had points removed.  We are confident that these final standings reflect the correct allotment of Grand Prix points as stated in program regulations. 

US Chess congratulates all prize winners for their successful performances in what was a unique 2020 season.  Also, US Chess thanks all the players who participated in last year’s Grand Prix events.

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