Friday, April 13, 2012

Nakamura's perfect score in Grand Pacific Open

The Grand Pacific Open, British Columbia's largest chess tournament, saw its 6th edition on Easter 2012, April 6-9th, in Victoria, Canada.

The prize fund this year has been increased to a guaranteed $5000. The main event was a 6-round FIDE and CFC rated Swiss.

Super-Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura convincingly won the main group by defeating all six opponents to finish with the perfect score. Clear second is the last year winner WGM Nino Maisuradze.

The tournament hall was the very nice ballroom at the 5 Star Grand Pacific Hotel. The hotel is located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, close to tourist destinations and across the street from the Seattle Clipper and Coho ferry connections.

Grand Pacific Open final standings:
1. GM Hikaru Nakamura 2731 - 6.0
2. WGM Nino Maisuradze 2346 - 5.0
3-8. NM Nicolas Haynes 2320, NM Alisher Sanetullaev 2150, Jamin Gluckie 2156, NM Lucas Davies 2217, FM John C Yoos 2393 and NM Howard Wu 2148 - 4.5 9-15. NM Andrei Moffat 2172, NM Tanraj S Sohal 2208, Benedict Daswani 2041, Georgi Kostadinov 2124, FM Jason Cao 2033, Janak Awatramani 1882 and James Chan 1998 - 4.0 etc (67 players)

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