The US Chess Scoop on the Philadelphia International
June 28, 2011
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Philly International Champ IM Leonid Gerzhoy
IM Leonid Gerzhoy won clear first at the Philadelphia International along with a $3000 prize. The event preceded the massive World Open, which kicked off tonight. New Samford fellow GM Aleksander Lenderman, finished clear second for $1500. FM Michael Shahade, also featured in the video, is back into the game after a long layoff. He cashed for $200. Also interviewed are two players who exemplify the ability of chess to cross generation lines: 11-year-old WFM Danitza Vazquez Maccarini & 89-year-old Dan Mayers.



The champ, Gerzhoy pinpointed his favorite game as his attacking win against IM Romanenko. 



The game could have ended in a pretty double check mate if Black captured played 36...Qxh3 allowing 37. Rf8+ Kh7 38. Nf6#.

Unfortunately, Gerzhoy was not eligible for a GM norm because he only faced two GM opponents. See full standings on the official site.

Stay posted on the World Open at worldopen.com, where you can also find final standings on last weekend's side events. Keep checking CLO for World Open updates by Jamaal Abdul-Alim and a new Scoop video next week.

If you missed it, watch the latest US Chess Scoop on the recently concluded New York International.