Sunday, January 25, 2009

Westwood Winter Open final

GM Melikset Khachiyan swept the field to take clear first with 5-0. In the last three rounds, he defeated John Daniel Bryant, IM Enrico Sevillano, and Garush Manukyan.

GM Melikset Khachiyan - Garush Manukyan
Westwood Winter Open, Los Angeles 2009
C13 FRENCH DEFENSE, Alekhine-Chatard Attack

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 Bxg5 7. hxg5 Qxg5 8. Nh3 Qe7 9. Nf4 Nc6 10. Qg4 g6 11. 0–0–0 b6 12. Bb5 Bb7 13. Ncxd5 exd5 14. Nxd5 Qd8 15. e6 fxe6 16. Bxc6 Bxc6 17. Qxe6+ Kf8 18. Qxc6 1–0

Taking clear second with 5-1 was Expert Takashi Kurosaki. Sevillano, Manukyan, and master Robert Akopian tied for third with 3.5-1.5. In the Reserve (U1800) section, top-rated Ernesto Soto took first place with 4.5-.5, followed at 3.5-1.5 by Richard Varela and Babken Krbashian. Click here for complete standings.

Prize winners

Open: 1st: GM Melikset Khachiyan, 5-0; 2nd: Takashi Kurosaki, 4-1; 3rd: IM Enrico Sevillano, Garush Manukyan, 3.5-1.5; U2200: Robert Akopian, 3.5-1.5; U2000: Remigio Pampliega, 2.5-2.5; Gautam Nipanikar, Carl Bolm, Alicia Narducci, 2-3.

Reserve (U1800): 1st: Ernesto Soto, 4.5-.5; 2nd & U1600: Richard Varela, Babken Krbashian, 3.5-1.5; U1400 & U1200: David Yang, Hongyu Chen, 3-2.

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