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GM Sadorra convincing in New Year Open in Santa Clara Print E-mail
By Salman Azhar   
January 12, 2013
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The New Year Open was organized by Salman Azhar on 4-6th January 2013 at Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission Blvd, Santa Clara CA 95054.

The tournament was held over 6 rounds of Swiss system in three sections: Under 1500, 1500-1999, and Open 2000+. Open section is FIDE rated.

GM Julio Sadorra convincingly won the New Year Open Championship with perfect score to claim the top prize of $1213.
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NM Hayk Manvelyan and Edward Li tied for 2nd place ($566) and U2300 1st place ($566). These prizes were distributed evenly so each one earned $566. Hunter Klotz-Burwell won 1st U2100 prize ($243).

Michael Heifetz won clear first place in the U2000 section with 5.5/6 points and first prize of $808.

Alexandre Birguer won clear 1st place and the unrated title and won the maximum unrated prize ($200) in the U1500 section. He scored 5,5/6 points. Full standings.

The prize fund was slightly reduced from the projected $10,000 (based on 167 entries) but was still above the guaranteed $6,000.

Audrey Zhao calculates a winning combination


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