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Friedel, Ruifeng and Gelashvili share first place in Las Vegas

The 26th Annual North American Open was held from 26-30th December, 2016, at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250.

The main Open section was 9-round Swiss with 97 participants. GM Joshua Friedel, IM Ruifeng Li and GM Tamaz Gelashvili shared the first place with 7/9 points and each was awarded with 5830 USD. Friedel added 200 USD bonus on best tie-break.

IM norms were achieved by Cameron Wheeler, Nikhil Kumar and Nick Raptis.

Open section final standings:

1-3. GM Joshua Friedel 2510 WI, IM Ruifeng Li 2557 TX and GM Tamaz Gelashvili 2568 NY – 7,0
4-7. GM Jianchao Zhou 2632 TX, IM Akshat Chandra 2514 MO, IM Daniel Gurevich 2455 GA and IM Michael Brown 2452 CA – 6,5
8-15. GM Gregory Kaidanov 2572 KY, GM Magesh Panchanathan 2513 NJ, GM Anh Nguyen 2482 VIE, IM Denys Shmelov 2416 MA, FM Cameron Wheeler 2408 CA, IM Andranik Matikozyan 2404 ARM, IM Shinya Kojima 2403 and IM Farai Mandizha 2355 NY – 6,0 etc

Bally’s Casino Resort

Bally’s Casino Resort

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