Niclas Huschenbeth winner of Golden State Open

Holiday Inn Dublin-PleasantonThe 6th Annual Golden State Open was held over the Martin Luther King weekend from January 16-19, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Dublin-Pleasanton, 6680 Regional St, Dublin, California.

The event had six sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300 and Under 1000. The tournament format was 7-round Swiss, 40/110, SD/30, d10.

German Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth (student at UMBC) emerged clear winner with 6,0/7 points, leaving the second-placed GM Batchuluun Tsegmed of Mongolia half a point behind.

Huschenbeth won the top prize of $3100, while Tsegmed earned $1500. The total prize fund was $25,000.

Open section final standings:

1. GM Niclas Huschenbeth 2627 MD – 6,0
2. GM Batchuluun Tsegmed 2509 NY – 5,5
3-6. FM Cameron Wheeler 2383 CA, Nicolas Yap 2315 CA, Karma Haren Pandya 2302 CA and Andrew Hong 2192 CA – 5,0
7-11. IM Ricardo De Guzman 2453 CA, FM Konstantin Kavutskiy 2439 CA, Hayk Manvelyan 2326 CA, Hans Moke Niemann 2200 CA and Ladia Jirasek 2190 CA – 4,5 etc

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