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Wesley So Claims Edmondson Cup in Las Vegas

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  • on 15.06.13 08:09.

Wesley So won the National Open, part of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival held 6-9 June at the Riviera Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. The Philippine grandmaster tied for first place with Jaan Ehlvest, Varuzhan Akobian, Alejandro Ramirez, Manuel Leon Hoyos and Enrico Sevillano, but claimed the Edmondson Cup on tiebreak.

The National Open was a 6-round Swiss event with 2-day and 3-day playing schedules, and half-point byes available for all rounds. The US $80,000 total prize fund attracted over a dozen grandmasters, including Webster students GM Wesley So and GM Ray Robson, Texas Tech student GM Elshan Moradiabadi and last year's National Open champ GM Aleksander Lenderman.

Wesley So won the Edmondson Cup, named after the founder of the tournament Ed Edmondson, by virtue of having the better tie-breaks of the six players who finished in the tie and each player collected $2,175. This way So completed a trio of victories as he also won the Blitz Open Section and US Game/10.

Here's a good win by So over GM Tamaz Gelashvili in the penultimate round.

Here's a video interview with the winner produced by US Chess Scoop:

There were many side events, including a simul by defending Champion GM Alex Lenderman and a Grandmaster Chess Camp for children and adults with instructors GM Melik Khachiyan, GM Ron Henley, GM Ben Finegold and others.

National Open 2013 | Final standings (top 30)

# Title Player Points Prize
1 GM So,Wesley 5 $2,175
2 GM Ehlvest,Jaan 5 $2,175
3 GM Akobian,Varuzhan 5 $2,175
4 GM Ramirez,Alejandro 5 $2,175
5 GM Hoyos,Manuel Leon 5 $2,175
6 GM Sevillano,Enrico 5 $2,175
7 GM Robson,Ray 4,5 $350
8 GM Moradiabadi,Elshan 4,5 $350
9 GM Gurevich,Dmitry 4,5 $350
10 IM Molner,Mackenzie S 4,5 $350
11 IM Bradford,Joseph Mark 4,5 $350
12 GM Gelashvili,Tamaz 4 $114
13 GM Felgaer,Ruben 4 $114
14 GM Holt,Conrad 4 $114
15 GM Mikhalevski,Victor 4 $114
16 GM Finegold,Benjamin P 4 $114
17 GM de Firmian,Nick E 4 $114
18 GM Ashley,Maurice A 4 $114
19 FM Banawa,Joel 4 $114
20 IM Martin-Del-campo,Roberto 4 $114
21   Balasubramanian,Adithya 4 $114
22 WGM WGM Abrahamyan,Tatev 4 $114
23 GM Lenderman,Aleksandr 3,5  
24 GM Corrales Jimenez,Fidel 3,5  
25 GM Kekelidze,Mikheil 3,5  
26 GM Margvelashvili,Giorgi 3,5  
27 IM Naroditsky,Daniel A 3,5  
28 FM Harmon-Vellotti,Luke 3,5  
29   Griffith,Kyron W 3,5  
30 FM Raptis,Nick 3,5  


Game via Monroi, photo & info thanks to IA Chris Bird

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  • vor 17 Monate

    Eraser

    i wonder in the first diagram why Tamaz dont want to sacrificing his queen, dont want to another rook development early or situation will turn bad, white queen do take much advantage on that situation

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