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Samuel Sevian winner of Chicago Chess Open 2017

The 26th Annual Chicago Open was held on May 25-29, 2017, at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, Illinois.

The event had 8 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500, Under 1300 and Under 1000.

The strongest Open section with 119 participants was completed over 9 rounds of Swiss system in 5-days.

Grandmaster Samuel Sevian took a clear first place with 7,5/9 points to claim the top prize of 10,300 USD.

FIDE title norms were achieved as follows: GM norms for Michael Brown, Awonder Liang and Luke Harmon-Velotti, IM norms for Matthew Larson, Robert Perez, Sam Schmakel and Aaron Grabinsky.

Samuel Sevian

Samuel Sevian (photo by

Open section final standings:

1. GM Samuel Sevian 2585 USA – 7,5

2-4. GM Illia Nyzhnyk 2610 UKR, GM Joshua Friedel 2528 USA and IM Michael W Brown 2489 USA – 7,0

5-9. GM Vladimir Belous 2587 RUS, GM Andrey Stukopin 2586 RUS, GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2511 USA, IM Awonder Liang 2488 USA and IM Daniel Gurevich 2460 USA – 6,5

10-17. GM Ruifeng Li 2574 USA, GM Alexander Shabalov 2556 USA, GM Gil Popilski 2544 ISR, GM Bartlomiej Macieja 2530 POL, IM Eylon Nakar 2476 ISR, IM Luke Harmon-Vellotti 2449 USA, IM Guillermo Vazquez 2443 PAR and IM Atulya Shetty 2422 USA – 6,0

18-29. GM Holden Hernandez 2510 USA, GM Nikola Mitkov 2454 MKD, IM Zhansaya Abdumalik 2420 KAZ, Advait Patel 2385 USA, IM Justin Joey Sarkar 2375 USA, FM Matthew Larson 2367 USA, Robert M Perez 2365 USA, FM Joshua Colas 2352 USA, Aaron Grabinsky 2351 USA, FM Sam A Schmakel 2344 USA, IM Farai Mandizha 2342 ZIM and Erik Santarius 2302 USA – 5,5 etc

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