|GM Jaan Ehlvest wins U.S. Masters Chess Championship|
|By Joan DuBois|
|March 21, 2007|
(Hendersonville, NC) Grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest topped the field of 32 in the 2007 U.S. Masters Championship, a U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) National event. The 9-round event was held March 10-18 with three different schedules all merging in round 5. Ehlvest scored 7.5 points and finished a full point ahead of the three second-place finishers. IM Bryan Smith of Pennsylvania won the 2nd-place plaque on tie-breaks over Faik Aleskerov of Azerbaijan and FM Kazim Gulamali of Georgia.
Twelve-year-old FM Ray Robson was the talk of the tournament when he drew Ehlvest in the third round. He held onto at least a share of the lead until the sixth round when he lost to Gulamali and dropped to fifth place after a loss to Aleskerov in the eigth round.
In addition to Azerbaijan, the tournament had players from Canada, Mongolia, Germany, and India. A tournament bulletin with all games will be published soon. Complete results are posted on the web at http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200703188541
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