|Kamsky Wins Washington International|
|By Michael Regan|
|August 2, 2012|
Gata Kamsky won the inaugural Washington International with a final score of 7-2, taking home the first place prize of $5000. Going into the last round, Kamsky was tied for first with Alex Onischuk and Timur Gareev. All three players had already played each other, leading to pairings with the lower score group. Onischuk and Gareev were only able to draw with Sergei Azarov and Tamaz Gelashvili respectively. But Kamsky won his last round game against Joel Benjamin and claimed sole first place.
Alexander Shabalov won his last round game against Mikheil Kekelidze to join Onischuk and Gareev in a tie for second. Each of these three won $2000.
Although many young players had outstanding results, no norms were earned at the event. More information including the final standings and all awards is at http://washintl.mdchess.com.