The 3rd Annual Recession Buster Open was held on 15-17th February at the Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station in San Diego, USA.
The playing format was 6-round Swiss and the tournament consisted of six sections: Open, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400. The guaranteed prize fund was 20,000 USD.
The main Open section (FIDE rated) gathered 42 players. Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn emerged clear winner with 5,0/6 points to take the top prize of $2400.
Open section final standings:
1. GM Eugene Perelshteyn MA 2573 – 5,0
2-4. GM Timur Gareev CA 2750, GM Mackenzie Molner AZ 2631 and IM Roman Yankovsky RUS 2495 – 4,5
5-10. GM Gregory Kaidanov KY 2654, GM Melikset Khachiyan CA 2631, GM Carlos Matamoros ECU 2556, IM Dionisio Aldama MEX 2536, IM Keaton Kiewra NE 2477 and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan CA 2474 – 4,0 etc