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GM Magesh Panchanathan wins the 6th Annual Philadelphia Open

The 6th Annual Philadelphia Open was held over the Easter week from April 4-8, 2012, at the upscale, luxury Loews Philadelphia Hotel, rated Four Diamonds by AAA, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia.

The event had 8 sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Under 1200 and Under 1000.

GM Magesh Panchanathan of India finished atop the standings in the Open Section with 7/9 points. Panchanathan beat the last year winner GM Tamaz Gelashvili in the final round to secure victory after the other players that were tied with him going into the round all drew. There was a logjam of GMs just a half-point behind the leader.

Magesh Panchanathan

GM Magesh Panchanathan

The Open Section was a 9 round Swiss tournament with GM and IM norm opportunities. This group was played over a 5-day schedule.

The event had a $80,000 projected prize fund with $60,000 guaranteed.

Open Section final standings:

1. GM Magesh Panchanathan 2557 IND ($5483.00) – 7.0

2-8. GM Varuzhan Akobian 2621 ($1044.43), GM Sergey Erenburg 2616 ISR, ($1044.43), GM Jon Ludvig Hammer 2606 NOR ($1044.43), GM Sam Shankland 2580 ($1044.43), GM Alexander Stripunsky 2566 ($1044.43), GM Axel Bachmann 2556 PAR ($1044.43) and GM Mikheil Kekelidze 2473 GEO ($1044.43) – 6.5

9. IM Daniel Naroditsky 2479 ($305.00) – 6.0

10-23. GM Tamaz Gelashvili 2619 GEO, ($76.25), GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2612 GEO, ($76.25), GM Gregory Kaidanov 2598 ($76.25), GM Alexander Shabalov 2523 ($76.25), IM Greg Shahade 2475 ($76.25), IM Rafael Prasca Sosa 2475 VEN ($76.25), GM Dmitry Gurevich 2466 ($76.25), IM Irina Krush 2461 ($76.25), IM Justin Sarkar 2391 ($380.84), FM Teddy Coleman 2356 ($380.84), IM Ronald Burnett 2352 ($380.84), IM Rusudan Goletiani 2344 ($380.84), FM Seth Homa 2306 ($380.84), Erik Santarius 2292 ($380.84) – 5.5 etc

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