Ramirez Perfect as Merge Approaches
By Randy Hough   
August 6, 2010
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GM Varuzhan Akobian Photo courtesy Monroi.com

The turnout at the 111th Annual U.S. Open in Irvine has reached 470 players, and the number of Grandmaster entries increased dramatically as the 4-day schedule began. Four hundred seventy players (plus five re-entries) are now competing.

GMs Varuzhan Akobian (his first appearance in a Southern California Grand prix tournament in three years), Timur Gareyev (College Tournament of Champions winner earlier in the week), Alex Shabalov, and Dmitry Gurevich joined Mark Paragua (6-day) and Alejandro Ramirez, Melikset Khachiyan, and Larry Kaufman (traditional schedule) for a total of eight  GMs.

There are also eleven IMs playing: Michael Mulyar and Walter Shipman (Traditional); Enrico Sevillano, Julio Sadorra, Salvijus Bercys, Max Cornejo, Mark Ginsburg, and Tim Taylor (6-day); and Jacek Stopa, Andranik Matikozyan, and Anthony Saidy (4-day).
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GM faceoff: Khachiyan vs. Ramirez, Photo courtesy Monroi.com


In the traditional schedule, GM Alejandro Ramirez won a crucial round game over GM Melikset Khachiyan to remain on a perfect score, 6/6.



Five players are tied for first in the six-day, with 4.5/5: GM Mark Paragua, IM Salvijus Bercys, FM Daniel Naroditsky, IM Mark Ginsburg and FM Elliott Liu. 

US Open Photo Gallery, courtesy Monroi.com
 
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GM Timur Gareyev

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GM Alexander Shabalov

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Katie Kormanick

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Andranik Matikozyan

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IM Jacek Stopa

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Sunil Weeramantry

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Tatev Abrahamyan

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Frank Berry

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Rayan Taghizadeh

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Darrian Robinson

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GM Dmitry Gurevich



You can watch the top boards of the US Open live on Monroi.com. Follow the US Open standings and pairings here and look for a blog entry later today by GM Larry Kaufman, former World Senior Champion.