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Dramatic Finale To The Philadelphia Open

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/9/12, 4:11 AM.

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GM Magesh Panchanathan took clear first place in the 2012 Philadelphia Open with a score of 7/9, half a point ahead of seven players tied on 6½ points.

In a dramatic last round finale, Panchanathan stood worse in his game but turned the tables to pick up a full point and the tournament victory.

The competition took place from 4-8 April at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. In addition to the Open there were many other sections ranging from the "Under 2200" to the "Under 1000".

Further details of the Open results, and all the other competitions, can be found at the official website. The top standings in the 2012 Philadelphia Open are below.

Name  Elo St  Pts
1 GM Magesh Panchanathan  2557 IND  7.0
2 GM Varuzhan Akobian  2621 CA  6.5
3 GM Sergey Erenburg  2616 ISR  6.5
4 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer  2606 NOR  6.5
5 GM Sam Shankland  2580 CA  6.5
6 GM Alexander Stripunsky  2566 NJ  6.5
7 GM Axel Bachmann  2556 PAR  6.5
8 GM Mikheil Kekelidze  2473 GEO  6.5
9 IM Daniel Naroditsky  2479 CA  6.0
10 GM Tamaz Gelashvili  2619 GEO  5.5
11 GM Giorgi Kacheishvili  2612 GEO  5.5
12 GM Gregory Kaidanov  2598 KY  5.5
13 GM Alexander Shabalov  2523 PA  5.5
14 IM Greg Shahade  2475 PA  5.5
15 IM Rafael Prasca Sosa  2475 VEN  5.5
16 GM Dmitry Gurevich  2466 IL  5.5
17 IM Irina Krush  2461 NY  5.5
18 IM Justin Sarkar  2391 NY  5.5
19 FM Teddy Coleman  2356 NY  5.5
20 IM Ronald Burnett  2352 TN  5.5
21 IM Rusudan Goletiani  2344 NY  5.5
22 FM Seth Homa  2306 MI  5.5
23 Erik Santarius  2292 WI  5.5

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The decisive final round game from the winner:


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  • 2 years ago

    pulpfriction

    Well done, Magesh! 

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Wow, such a strong tournament! Congrats to Magesh Laughing!!!

  • 2 years ago

    Nuscas

    Shankland had this tournament in the bag.  Round 8, move 33. Qc2 instead of Rf5 and it's game over, tourament clinched.  So close Sam.

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @wardexe Thanks! I'm very weak for flattery :) I think I played some good chess, and my only regret is not utilizing the chances I created for myself.

  • 2 years ago

    IM dpruess

    Congrats to Magesh! and other awesome players in the event :-)

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    LOL. Good one, Hammer! 

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    also i liked hammer's play, it was interesting, seemed fresh yet conservative, keeping the positions semi-closed and under control.

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    i saw the playchess relay starting from move 49.  first impression looking at the pawns first, with the passed c and f pawns it looks like white is busted.  but the pawns on a6 and d5, and the king able to come to f2, white is holding --- as white had the resource of ra7+ bc7 tying black down just enough; and then black went really quite awry allowing the king to f5 in white's time pressure.  and obviously the top boards would have preferred wins to get a few more thousand dollars i'm sure, the philly open is a tough tournament, with 2 rounds a day!!

  • 2 years ago

    TenaciousE

    Nice to see Wisconsin was well-represented by Mr. Santarius.

  • 2 years ago

    wardexe

    I was pretty happy Magesh won, but GM Hammer i was really interested with your play this tournament and i thought it was very creative and definately playing for a win, congragulations on your play none the less.

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @uhavebeenserved @vm-11

    I know for a fact Magesh was not the only one who tried to win this tournament.

  • 2 years ago

    gambitattack

    Great endgame maneuvering.

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    Congratulations to Magesh, and Hammer & Sam :P All did well!

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