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Manhattan Open 2011

The Manhattan Open was held from August 17-21, 2011 at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave at 34th St. (across from Penn Station), New York, NY.

IM Vladimir Romanenko and GM Alex Shabalov were tied at the top of the Open Section, both finishing with an unbeaten 7/9. Romanenko led the tournament from start to finish and was only caught by Shabalov after he drew his final game with GM Giorgi Kacheishvili and Shabalov beat GM Alex Lenderman.

However, Romanenko was still declared the winner having a better tie-break score than Shabalov and also, possibly more important to the Belorussian, was that his performance was good enough to earn his 3rd and final GM norm. This should secure him the title having gone over the required FIDE 2500 rating back in 2009. Congratulations Vladimir!

Romanenko earned 5390 USD, while Shabalov bagged 5250 USD.

There was also another norm scored in the Open Section as Parker Zhao beat two GMs on his way to scoring an IM norm.

76 players competed in the Open section, with 13 Grandmasters and 15 International Masters in the field.

Final standings:
1-2. IM Vladimir Romanenko 2454 BLR and GM Alexander Shabalov 2577 USA – 7.0
3-6. GM Jan Gustafsson 2634 GER, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2582 GEO, GM Tamaz Gelashvili 2616 GEO and IM Zhe Quan 2412 CAN – 6.5
7-13. Parker B Zhao 2382 USA, GM Sergey Kudrin 2547 USA, IM Michael A Mulyar 2410 USA, GM Alexander Stripunsky 2568 USA, GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2525 USA, GM Gildardo J Garcia 2368 COL and GM Eltaj Safarli 2622 AZE – 6.0
14-17. IM Irina Krush 2486 USA, IM Jake Kleiman 2375 USA, GM Joel Benjamin 2553 USA and FM Louie Jiang 2348 USA – 5.5 etc

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