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Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo wins 9th Cherry Blossom Classic

Colombian grandmaster Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo triumphed at the 9th edition of the Cherry Blossom Classic open tournament which took place from 26-30 May at Washington Dulles Airport Marriott in Virginia.

Ruiz Castillo was number three on the starting rank list of the event and scored impressive 8/9 points to earn 22.1 rating points showing the rating performance of 2704. After a loss in the fourth round against FM Justin Paul, the Colombian won five games in a row to emerge as the sole convincing winner of the event. Replay the games here

Three players tied for the second place with 6.5 points, each: GM Hedinn Steingrimsson, IM Sahil Sinha and FM Justin Paul. The tiebreak criteria determined the medalists with Steingrimsson finishing on the second place, Sinha claimed third place and Paul came fourth.

Final rankings – Cherry Blossom Classic Open 2022:

Rk. NameFEDRtgTB1
1GMRuiz Castillo Joshua Daniel COL24738
2GMSteingrimsson Hedinn ISL25346.5
 IMSinha Sahil USA23236.5
 FMPaul Justin USA22446.5
5GMLenderman Aleksandr USA25916
 IMChiku-Ratte Olivier-Kenta CAN23586
 FMMorefield Jason USA22426
8 Tahmassebi Bijan USA21685.5
9GMHevia Alejano Carlos Antonio CUB24605
 IMZlotnikov Mikhail USA21945
  Sriniaiyer Sudarshan USA21815
 FMSamuelson Andrew USA21645
  Prabhu Naveen USA20995
  Girsh Daniel USA20765
  Jian Alex USA20555
  Kurtz Eric M USA20235
 WIMWang Ellen USA19635
18IMBartell Thomas USA23614.5
  Luo Terry USA21684.5
  Ansh M Shah IND21304.5
  Ling Evan USA20094.5
  Jegan Alan USA18834.5
23IMLiang Jason USA24324
  Chiu Isaac USA22454
  Garcia Erick USA21534
  Lee Justin USA21154
  Brady Tyson USA20644
  Su Kevin USA20364
  Prem Pranav USA20174
  Doraszelski Alexander GER18874
  Nair Siddhant USA18204
  Pang Brian USA18184
  Hebbar Eshaan USA17424
  Patel Arav USA17114
  Baim Elvin AZE16554
36 Su Jasmine Zhixin USA19843.5
  Pillai Adithya USA17713.5
38 Wu William USA19633
  Hyland Mark USA18753
  Haldankar Ameya USA16873
  Didita George Vic USA20093
42 De Fotis Gary USA18102
  Shankar Pranav USA17562
  BEHRENDS Josef USA13192
45CMAltman Joshua ENG20951.5
46 Feng Andrew USA17410.5


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