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GM Ben Finegold wins the 16th Annual Mid-America Open

The 16th Annual Mid-America Open was held on March 16-18, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, Missouri.

The Open Section ended in a five-way tie with GM Ben Finegold, IM Ronald Burnett, FM Doug Eckert, Kevin Wasiluk and Sean Vibbert all finishing with 4 points. However, the Grandmaster took the title and first place bonus on tie-breaks from the rest of the group.

Ben Finegold

GM Ben Finegold

Final standings:
1-5. GM Benjamin Finegold ($893.60), IM Ronald Burnett ($807.60), FM Doug D Eckert ($807.60), Kevin Wasiluk ($807.60) and Sean Vibbert ($807.60) – 4.0
6-8. Howard J Chen, Gopal Menon and Zach Kasiurak (*$687.00)
9-15. Tenzing W Shaw, Nolan Hendrickson, Prashantha N Amarasinghe, Mark J Ferber, Petros Karagianis, Spencer Finegold and Atulya Vaidya (**$601.00) – 3.0 etc

*U2200 prize / **U2100 prize

There were 7 sections: Open, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Under 1200 and Under 900. All sections were 5 round Swiss tournaments with 3-day and 2-day schedules to play in.

The event had a $18,000 projected prize fund with $12,000 guaranteed.

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