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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sadorra to Defend U.S. Class Title (Chess)

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GM Julio Sadorra, a Senior at University of Texas at Dallas, is set to defend his U.S. Class title, but it will not be easy. Last year, Sadorra finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Masters Division, with IMs Justin Sarkar and Salvijus Bercys, but won the Champion’s plaque on tie-breaks. With the event almost a month away, Sadorra will have plenty of competition as there are five GMs already registered for the event!

Joining Sadorra for this National event in Houston, will be his teammates from the University of Texas at Dallas, Grandmasters Leonid Kritz, Conrad Holt, Ioan Cristian Chirila, and George Margvelashvili. With four players, so far, rated over 2600 USCF, this will be the strongest U.S. Class ever!

The event will take place in the beautiful and spacious facilities of the Marriott Houston South by the Hobby Airport, 27 – 29 September. The originally announced $11,100, based on 200 paid entries, Prize Fund has been increased to $11,500 Guaranteed! Players will compete for National titles and prize money in eight different Classes. In addition to the main event, there will be a one-day, five-round Scholastic tournament on Saturday, 28 September.

Many of the games will be transmitted live on Check out all the tournament details at The early registration ends on 8 September.

GM Sadorra recently tied for first at the US Open in Madison. Watch a US Chess Scoop video with him on inspiring youngsters at the Denker. 

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