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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Shulman, Amanov Win Michigan Chess Festival

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Hi everyone,
The latest chess tournament news via Fide is that the 2nd Annual Fall International Chess Festival was held from November 2-4 at the Metropolitan Hotel in Troy, Michigan (suburban Detroit). The tournament format was 5-round Swiss with Open section being FIDE rated. The Festival had four sections: Open, U1800, U1400 and U1000. A total of 183 players competed.

The Open section had 59 players. Grandmasters Yuri Shulman and Mesgen Amanov shared the first place with 4,5 points each. The top prizes were $2,500 – $1,500 – $900 – $500 – $300 – $100.

Open section standings:
1-2. GM Yuri Shulman 2643 and GM Mesgen Amanov 2556 – 4,5 points each
3-6. GM Alexander Shabalov 2675, GM Sergey Kudrin 2608, GM Ben Finegold 2588 and Aaron Kahn 2421 – 4,0
7-15. GM Sam Shankland 2686, GM Victor Mikhalevski 2632, Atulya Arya Shetty 2441, Carl Brandon Boor 2379, Iryna Zenyuk 2336, Jiaxu Ye, Michael Bowersock 2202, John R Brooks 2196 and Carla Heredia 2098 – 3,5 etc

The U1800 section had 45 participants. Mengshuang Li took a clear first place with 4,5 points and the $1,000 prize.

The U1400 section saw 37 players competing. Kyle Schwiebert ad Matthew Douglas Minear shared the first place with 4,5 points each. Top prizes were $750 – $400 – $250 – $150.

The U1000 section had 43 participants. This group was played over 4 rounds of Swiss system. Rohan Talukdar won with the perfect 4/4 score to earn $150.

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