The 12th Foxwoods Open was held on 22-26th January at Foxwoods Resort Casino & Hotel, Rt 2, Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The tournament was played in six sections and over 9 rounds of Swiss system. The Open section is FIDE rated and title norms were possible.
The Open Section was won convincingly by GM Anton Kovalyev who finished with 8,0/9 points, one and a half points ahead of his nearest rival.
In sole second place was IM Samuel Sevian whose performance was also good enough for a GM norm, which is very impressive in itself for a player who just turned 13 last month.
Open section final standings (41 players):
1. GM Anton Kovalyov 2617 CAN (1st $3500.00) – 8,0
2. IM Samuel Sevian 2401 MA (2nd $2000.00) – 6,5
3-5. GM Bartlomiej Macieja 2583 POL, GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2498 and IM Leonid Gerzhoy 2481 CAN (3-5th $633 each) – 6,0
6-10. GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez 2568 FIDE, GM Alexander Stripunsky 2549 NJ, IM Justin Sarkar 2425 NY, Denys Shmelov 2417 MA (6-9th $275 each) and IM Farai Mandizha 2379 ZIM (1st U2400 $1500.00) – 5,5
11-15. GM Victor Mikhalevski 2536 ISR, GM Robert Hungaski 2462 NY (10th, $75 each), IM Akshat Chandra 2341 NJ, FM Sean Vibbert 2333 IN and Andrew Tang 2222 MN (2nd U2400, $250 each) – 5,0
The prize fund was $80,000 based on 520 paid entries, with minimum $40,000 guaranteed.