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Li Chao convincing in Golden State Open

The 4th Annual Golden State Open was held over the Martin Luther King weekend from January 17-21, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr., Concord, California.

GM Chao Li continued his successful American tour with a comfortable victory in the Open Section. Li finished with 7.5/9, a whole point ahead of his nearest rival, GM Gregory Kaidanov, collecting $3100 for his efforts. Kaidanov’s second place finish netted him $1500.

Last weekend Li Chao won the Boston Chess Congress.

Li Chao b

Li Chao

12 year old FM Jeffrey Xiong and FM Seth Homa both scored IM norms. Xiong had already secured his IM norm before his last round draw with Li while Homa managed to draw with IM Zhanibek Amanov in the final round to secure his.

Open section final standings:

1. GM Chao B Li 2674 CHN – 7.5 ($3100.00)
2. GM Gregory Kaidanov 2598 USA – 6.5 ($1500.00)
3-6. GM Giorgi Margvelashvili 2569 GEO, FM Kayden W Troff 2365 USA, IM Vladimir Mezentsev 2352 RUS and FM Jeffrey Xiong 2269 USA ($775.00 each) – 6.0
7-13. GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2531 USA, GM Mauricio Flores 2488 CHI, IM Leonid Gerzhoy 2484 CAN, IM Daniel A Naroditsky 2483 USA ($100.00 each), IM Zhanibek Amanov 2360 KAZ, FM Seth Homa 2269 USA and Jimmy P Heiserman 2145 USA ($166.67 each) – 5.5

Last year winner was IM Justin Sarkar

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