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IM Priyadharshan Kannappan tops the Mid-America Open

The 17th Annual Mid-America Open took place on March 15-17, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, Missouri.

Indian IM Priyadharshan Kannappan, studying at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, beat out a strong field that included 7 Grandmasters to top the Open Section.

A final round win against GM Alex Shabalov while the other players tied with him going into the final round drew left him all alone at the top with 4.5/5 which, thanks to all the prizes being increased by 16% due to a higher than expected turnout, netted him $2,436 for his weekend’s efforts.

Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton

Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton

Open section final standings:
1. IM Priyadharshan Kannappan 2492 MO – 4.5
2-8. GM Gregory Kaidanov 2672 KY, GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez 2650 CUB, GM Benjamin Finegold 2570 MO, GM Denes Boros 2564 MO, GM Alex Yermolinsky 2527 SD, IM Levan Bregadze 2433 MO and Sean Vibbert 2309 IN – 4.0
9-13. GM Suat Atalik 2668 TUR, GM Alexander Shabalov 2629 PA, IM Vitaly Neimer 2495 MO, FM Eric Rosen 2381 IL and WIM Inna Agrest 2218 MO – 3.5 etc (60 players)

The event had a $16,000 prize fund based on 200 paid entries with $12,000 guaranteed.

There were 7 sections: Open, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Adult Under 1200 and Junior Under 1200.

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