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By Michael Regan   
August 14, 2013
GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez
The 2nd Annual Washington International was won by GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez (CUB) with a score of 7/9. By drawing his last round game against IM Michael Mulyar, GM Perez finished a half point ahead of Mulyar, GM Ilya Smirin and IM Daniel Ludwig and took home the $5000 first place prize. IM Mulyar had secured a GM Norm in the eighth round when he drew Ludwig. Ludwig earned his third GM norm with his last round draw.

Two other players earned IM norms. With a score of 5/9, FM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy earned his final IM norm and has now fullfilled all the requirements for the title. 


Also earning an IM norm with a score of 5/9 was FM Shiyam Thavandiran (CAN). FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti also met the final requirement for the IM title at the tournament. Luke entered the tournament with a 2399 rating and finished with a score of 5.5/9, easily raising his rating above 2400.
The youngest participant, Ruifeng Li, age 12

In the Razuvaev Memorial the men's team of Alburt, Gulko, Tukmakov, and Mikhalchishin scored an overwhelming victory over the women's team of Kosteniuk, Zatonskih, Krush, and Sedina with a score of 10.5 to 5.5. The strongest performer on the men's side was GM Gulko with a 3.5/4.0 score and a performance rating of 2813. On the women's side, IM Krush had all decisive games, winning when she had the white pieces and losing when she had black.

Mulyar vs. Ludwig

Find A Section Final Standings and more information about the tournaments at http://www.mdchess.com. Also look for an upcoming piece by IM Daniel Ludwig for Chess Life Magazine.

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