Norm Fest in New York, Gelashvili Wins

Norm Fest in New York, Gelashvili Wins

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Tamaz Gelashvili won the New York International on Sunday. The Georgian grandmaster was the only player to finish on 7/9, and so he pocketed the $5000 first prize. Like last year, no less than five norms were scored: 2 GM norms and 3 IM norms!

The New York International was organized for the 6th time by the Marshall Chess Club. It was sponsored by the Marshall Chess Foundation and St. John's University, and took place at St. John's University, Manhattan Campus in Tribeca.

There were five sections: a FIDE Norm Tournament (A), an Under 2200 (B), an Under 1900 (C), an Under 1600 (D) and an Under 1300 (E). This year 65 players from 20 countries participated, including 9 GMs and 12 IMs. For may players this strong Swiss was a very good opportunity to accomplish a FIDE norm.

IM Mackenzie Molner managed to score his third and final grandmaster norm with a FIDE performance of 2625. Here's one of his wins:

The surprise of the tournament was 15-year-old Marshall Chess Club member FM Michael Bodek. Before the weekend he had never beaten a grandmaster in classical chess, but in New York he did it three times, winning against Leonid Yudasin, Jaan Ehlvest and Vladimir Dobrov!

Bodek finished shared second place with 6.5/9, which was good for not only his second IM norm, but also his first GM norm! Raven Sturt and Akshat Chandra, both members of the Marshall Chess Club, achieved their first IM norms. 

GM Tamaz Gelashvili of Georgia won the tournament alone with a score if 7/9, and so he cashed the $5,000 top prize.

New York International 2013 | Final standings (top 20)

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Player Elo Points Prize
1 GM TAMAZ GELASHVILI 2668 7.0 $5000.00
2 GM SAM SHANKLAND 2698 6.5 $1500.00
3 GM JAAN EHLVEST 2692 6.5 $1500.00
4 IM MACKENZIE MOLNER 2535 6.5 $1500.00
5 FM MICHAEL H BODEK 2427 6.5 $1500.00
6 IM COLOMBAN VITOUX 2491 6.0
7 FM ALEKSA OSTROVSKIY 2465 6.0
8 FM AKSHAT CHANDRA 2311 6.0 $500.00
9 IM LEONID GERZHOY unr. 6.0 $500.00
10 FM NAZAR USTIANOVICH unr. 6.0 $500.00
11 GM GIORGI KACHEISHVILI 2693 5.5
12 RAVEN M STURT 2343 5.5
13 ALEXANDER RO KATZ 2342 5.5
14 GM VLADIMIR DOBROV unr. 5.5
15 GM ALEKSANDR LENDERMAN 2687 5.0
16 IM DARWIN YANG 2568 5.0
17 A BALASUBRAMANIAN 2417 5.0
18 KEVIN WANG 2411 5.0
19 FM ARTHUR SHEN 2395 5.0
20 ADAM SAMUEL MALTESE 2338 5.0

Official website. Full final standings here. Game & info via USCF.

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