Dramatic Finale To The Philadelphia Open
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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.
|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|
The decisive final round game from the winner:
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