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Monday, March 19, 2012

GM Mikheil Kekelidze wins Long Island Chess Open

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Hi everyone,

The Long Island Open took place on 16-18th March at the Holiday Inn Islip Airport in Ronkonkoma, USA. Grandmasters Mikheil Kekelidze, Tamaz Gelashvili, Sergey Kudrin and Joel Benjamin all finished at the top of the standings in the Open Section with 4 points but Kekelidze managed to take the title and the $100 bonus prize by virtue of the better tie-break.

Going into the final round Kudrin and Benjamin were half-point ahead of their nearest rivals but their draw on board one allowed Kekelidze and Gelashvili to catch them by winning their final round games against Yefim Treger and FM Nathan Resika respectively. Just few weeks ago Kekelidze won the 21st Annual Eastern Class.

Master section final standings:1-4. GM Mikheil Kekelidze ($780.50), GM Tamaz Gelashvili ($680.50), GM Sergey Kudrin ($680.50) and GM Joel Benjamin ($680.50) – 4.0
5-7. Michael H Bodek, Rawle A Allicock (*$302.00) and WGM Sarai Sanchez (*$302.00) – 3.5
8-12. IM Rafael Prasca Sosa, FM Nathan Resika, Tim Mirabile, Yefim Treger, Robert N Guevara (**$504.00) – 3.5 etc
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