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Enkhbat and Barnett Top Maryland Open Print E-mail
By Michael Atkins   
October 16, 2009
Alex Barnett, 2007
The Maryland Open produced three new State Champions for Maryland. In the Open, University of Maryland Baltimore County student NM Alex Barnett tied with IM Tegshuren Enkhbat with 4.5/5 each. The IM had better tiebreaks, making Enkhbat the 2009 Maryland State Champ. Jeffrey Chang finished in a 3-way tie for first in the Amateur Section, but as the only Free-stater, he is the new Amateur Champ. The new Maryland Reserve Champ is unrated Ludivico Silverio, who went 5-0 as unrated and was limited to only $200 in cash prizes.

Michael Regan organized the tournament for the Maryland Chess Association and it was held at the Rockville Hilton over the weekend of Oct 2-4. When walking into this hotel one could scarcely dream and never expect to see an inner courtyard rising 8 stories, and more meeting space than needed at a World Open.

IM Bryan Smith was the highest rated player and experienced the toughest Sunday, playing GM Kaufman and IM Enkhbat. He beat Kaufman and lost to Enkhbat, saying that he had played an idea of 2008 Philadelphia International winner GM Parimargan Negi but it hadn't been fully developed and resulted in losing a piece versus Enkhbat.

IM Enkhbat was on the short end of tiebreaks with Larry Kaufman last year so it is fitting that he is State Champ for 2009. Check out some games from the Open section below, including Enkhbat's sole draw. The tournament results are posted here, and also check MSA rated results.


October - Chess Life Online 2009

Josh Friedel on a Stylish Win but a Mediocre Result Jerry Hanken Games Wanted Lenderman and Robson Climbing at the World Junior Kaufman on the Early Rounds of the World Senior GM Joel on Steinitz's 4th Rule USCF News: USCF Fees for FIDE ChangeWorld Team Championship Squad Set Dying With Your Boots On9Queens Presents the Best Games at the U.S. Women's Khachiyan Tops Western States A Defending Champ on Arriving in Italy Championship Secrets: Sudoku & No Computer Shabalov Wins Cleveland Open Two GMs Lead While Upsets Reign in Reno Week 8 US Chess League Recap Help America's Most Wanted Find Robert Snyder Ray Robson on His Road to GM Robson and Lenderman off to World Junior in Argentina Jennifer on Women's TitlesUS Titles Approved at FIDE CongressThree Share Honors at Midwest Class World Championship Set for Sofia, April 2010US Chess League Nears Playoffs Enkhbat and Barnett Top Maryland Open Chess Without Borders Finalist for 2009 Chicago Innovation Award Glamour and Big Bucks Close the U.S. Women's Anna Zatonskih Wins US Women's: Video Recap Anna Zatonskih Clinches Decisive Championship Memorial Service for Jerry HankenRay Robson Earns Final GM Norm! Zatonskih Climbs to 5.5/6: Video RecapZatonskih Increases Lead at the US Women's Irina vs. Iryna in Round Five of the Women's Letter to USCF Life Members Zatonskih Topples Krush Krush-Zatonskih Battle Nears Six Medals for USA in MexicoFour Decisive Games in Round 1 of the US Women's U.S. Women's Opens With Jazz, Hooping and Blindfold Americans Hunt for Medals in Mexico Jerry Hanken Passes Away at 74Interview with a Hall of Famer: GM John Fedorowicz