Four players share first in Southwest Master Class

Gata KamskyThe Southwest Class Championships were held from February 13-16, 2015, at the DFW Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas.

The event had 7 sections: Master (FIDE rated), Expert, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E.

The Master section featured 56 players. Grandmasters Gata Kamsky, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Holden Hernandez and Anton Kovalyov shared the first place with 5,5/7 points to claim $1450 each.

Reigning US champion Kamsky took another $200 as bonus for the best tie-break.

Master section final standings:

1-4. GM Gata Kamsky 2757 NY, GM Yaroslav Zherebukh 2719 UKR, GM Holden Hernandez 2592 TX and GM Anton Kovalyov 2699 CAN – 5,5
5. GM Andrey Stukopin 2707 RUS – 5,0
6-13. GM Valentin Yotov 2613 BUL, GM Elshan Moradiabadi 2642 IRI, IM Andrey Gorovets 2595 BLR, FM Ruifeng Li 2508 TX, GM Sergey Erenburg 2677 VA, IM Denis Kadric 2588 BIH, GM David Berczes 2607 HUN and FM Kazim Gulamali 2433 GA – 4,5
14-22. IM Jeffery Xiong 2567 TX, IM Darwin Yang 2564 TX, Christopher J Toolin 2341 TX, GM Giorgi Margvelashvili 2618 GEO, IM Joshua Ruiz 2489 COL, GM Julio Sadorra 2644 PHI, GM Conrad Holt 2622 TX, FM Awonder Liang 2401 WI and FM Daniel Gurevich 2420 GA – 4,0 etc

The event had a guaranteed prize fund of $30,000.

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