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43rd Annual National Chess Congress in Philadelphia

The 43rd Annual National Chess Congress was held from November 23-25, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia City Center, 17th and Race Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Congress had ten playing sections: Premier, Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Under 1200, Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600.
In addition, there were Black Friday Open and Blitz events.

Premier section final standings (Uscf ratings):

1-2. GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2701 NY and GM Sergey Erenburg 2717 ISR – 5.0
3-4. IM Bryan G Smith 2507 PA and GM Zviad Izoria 2629 GEO – 4.5
5-10. GM Tamaz Gelashvili 2665 GEO, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2698 GEO, GM Mikheil Kekelidze 2587 GEO, Jared E Defibaugh 2338 MD, FM Aleksandr A Ostrovskiy 2427 NY and GM Magesh Panchanathan 2587 IND – 4.0
11-16. IM Irina Krush 2541 NY, GM Niclas Huschenbeth 2600 GER, GM Alexander Shabalov 2671 PA, WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor 2406 MD, Peter Minear 2351 PA and Hibicki Sakai 2144 PA – 3.5 etc (46 players)

Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia

Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia

The prize fund of $30,000 was distributed as:

Premier, open to all rated 2000/above and juniors under 18 rated 1800/above. $3000-1500-700-400-200, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, U2400/Unr $1400-700. FIDE rated.
Under 2200: $2000-1000-500-300-200.
Under 2000: $2000-1000-500-300-200.
Under 1800: $2000-1000-500-300-200.
Under 1600: $2000-1000-500-300-200.
Under 1400: $1400-700-400-300-200.
Under 1200: $1400-700-400-300-200.
Under 1000: Trophies to top 10.
Under 800: Trophies to top 10.
Under 600: Trophies to top 10.

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