The 3rd Annual Golden State Open was held over the Martin Luther King weekend from January 13-16, 2012, at the Concord Hilton Hotel, Concord, California.
The event had 5 sections: Open, Under 2100, Under 1800, Under 1500 and Under 1200, and all of them were played as 7-round Swiss tournaments.
International Master Justin Sarkar won the Open Section, finishing with an undefeated score of 6/7 and collecting $1,792 for his efforts. Sarkar led the event from start to finish and a last round draw with GM Eugene Perelshteyn was enough to secure the first place prize.
Open section final standings (60 players):
1. IM Justin Sarkar – 6.0 ($1792.00 prize)
2. IM Enrico Sevillano – 5.5 ($1024.00)
3-6. GM Eugene Perelshteyn, IM Ricardo De Guzman, FM John Daniel Bryant and IM Vladimir Mezentsev – 5.0 ($554.75 each)
7-12. GM Milos M Pavlovic, IM Dmitry Zilberstein, FM Andre Chumachenko, Yian Liou, IM Raymond Kaufman and Samuel Sevian – 4.5 ($853.00 as best U2300) etc
Golden State Open was played only few days after the Northern California International concluded in Fremont.
The 4th Annual Golden State Open will be held January 18-21, 2013.
All final standings, with prizes, are now posted on the official website.