Personally this is the third year I play this tournament, and it holds very dear memories for me, but my results have been far from impressive!
Thanks to JG burger for sponsoring the event!
This year saw a mix of very strong players and young talents from the Dallas area. Many of the players have qualified for a spot in the upcoming WYCC (world youth chess championship) to be held later this year in Vietnam.
Darwin Yang is not even 12, but already a FM and 2200 player
Lithuanian FM Tautvydas Vedrickas was second seed of the tournament
Keaton Kiewra came in second after playing a spectacular game against FM Tautvydas
The top standings at the end of the tournament:
|#||Name||Rating||St||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Total||Prize|
|1||GM Alejandro Ramirez||2593||TX||W15||W11||W7||W3||D2||4.5||1500.00|
|2||FM Keaton Kiewra||2312||NE||W9||D8||W20||W7||D1||4.0||750.00|
|3||FM Michael Langer||2299||TX||W10||D6||W4||L1||W8||3.5||250.00|
|4||FM Darwin Yang||2160||TX||W18||D12||L3||W20||W10||3.5||250.00|
|5||FM Andrew W Whatley||2317||TX||H---||U---||W17||W16||W6||3.5|
Thanks again to the DCC and JG for making this tournament possible. It was very unfortunate that it coincided with final exams for most of the UTD and UTB (university of texas at brownsville) team members, and did not see the amount of IMs that this tournament normally attracts.
All info for the tournament, more photos and full standings can be found at www.swchess.com