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Friday, November 30, 2012

48th Annual American Chess Open: GM Melikset Khachiyan Wins Clear First

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Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan has won the 48th Annual American Open was held on 22-25th November at the Doubletree Hotel Anaheim, Orange County, California. The playing format was 8 Round Swiss System USCF Rated Tournament with a 4-day and a 3-day options. There were six playing sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600 and Under 1400. Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan emerged winner of the Open section by collecting 6,5 points from eight games. There were 26 players in this group.

Open section final standings:
1. GM Melikset Khachiyan 2546 – 6.5
2-3. IM Andranik Matikozyan 2510 and FM John Daniel Bryant 2518 – 6.0
4. FM Julian Landaw 2349 – 5.5
5-7. GM Enrico Sevillano 2596, GM Josh Friedel 2576 and Varun Krishnan 2374 – 5.0
8-11. FM Eduardo Ortiz 2292, IM Jack Peters 2434, IM Roman Yankovsky 2560 and FM William Duckworth 2309 – 4.5 etc

The U2200 section had 34 participants. Simone Liao 2122, John Ward 2015 and Jonathan Homidan 2123 shared the honours with 6/8 points each.

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