The Gulf Coast New Year’s Open was held from 2-4th January, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport in Fort Myers, Florida, USA.
The tournament format was 5-round Swiss in six sections: Open (FIDE rated), U2100, U1800, U1600, U1350 and U1100.
The main Open section had 27 participants. Grandmasters Elshan Moradiabadi and Julio Becerra, and IM Orlen Ruiz Sanchez shared the first place with 4,0/5 points each to win 550 USD apiece.
The total prize fund was about 7500 USD.
Open section final standings:
1-3. GM ELSHAN MORADIABADI 2569 IRI, IM ORLEN RUIZ SANCHEZ 2409 CUB and GM JULIO J BECERRA 2535 FL – 4,0
4-7. COREY ACOR 2243 FL, TOBY BOAS 2192 FL, IM ARTIOM SAMSONKIN 2416 CAN, WGM SABINA-FRANCESCA FOISOR 2286 TX – 3,5
8-12. SANTIAGO JOSE BRITO VALDES 2194 CUB, ZACHARY BEKKEDAHL 1971 CO, FM FABIO LA ROTA 2256 FL, VLAD YANOVSKY 2047 FL and JORGE REYNALDO 2110 FL – 3,0 etc