Seven Tied in D.C; Georgi Ahead in Vegas
December 28, 2008
Bryanslide.jpgSeven players are tied for the lead in the The Eastern Open in D.C (Dec.27-30) with 3.5/4: GM Alexander Ivanov, Sergey Kudrin and Alex Yermolinsky, IMs Ray Robson and Bryan Smith, FM Todd Andrews and Zhi-ya Hu.

In round 4, Alexander Ivanov earned revenge against Daniel Ludwig for their game from the National Chess Congress:


Daniel Ludwig at the Eastern Open
Photo Michael Atkins

In the same round, Ray Robson and Alexander Yermolinsky played to an interesting draw:


Michael Thaler crunched his higher rated opponent on the White side of the Panov-Botvinnik attack.


With four rounds left to go, the Eastern Open promises to be a tight race.

Kacheishvili Pulls Ahead in Vegas

At the North American Open in Las Vegas (December 26-29), Georgi Kacheishvili has pulled ahead of ten others with 4.5/5 and just two rounds to go. Check out the open standings, live games and Chris Bird's round by round reports. Kacheisvhili's points include the following convincing victory over IM Michael Mulyar and a miniature over GM Slavko Cicak.



In a face-off against two of our top American junior players, Sam Shankland prevailed over Robert Hess.


The Pan-American Championships in Dallas, Texas are also heating up this afternoon, as UTD's A team faces off against its B team. Check out standings and live games on ICC/monroi. Also look for a Chess Life Magazine report on the North American Open by Jerry Hanken.