The 25th Annual Southern Open was held from July 21-23, 2017, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando, Florida.
There had five sections: Open, U2100, U1800, U1500 and U1200, and the tournament format was 5-round Swiss with the time control 40/100, SD/30, d10.
Cuban Grandmaster Yuniesky Quesada Perez took a clear first place in the Open Section with 4,5 points to win the top prize of 1800 USD. The total prize fund was $15,000.
Open final standings:
1. GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2696 CUB – 4,5
2-3. GM Sandro Pozo Vera 2545 CUB and FM Jorg Leon Oquendo 2472 FL – 4,0
4. FM Yans Richard Girones Barrios 2484 FL – 3,5
5-11. GM Julio Becerra 2643 FL, FM Corey Acor 2395 FL, IM Mikhail Zlotnikov 2289 NJ, Nicholas Rosenthal 2257 FL, Truman Hoang 2181 FL, Brian Goldstein 2148 FL and Logan Wu 2122 TN – 3,0 etc