Six Tie in U.S. Open Chess Championship - GM Gurevich Wins Official Title
By Joan DuBois   
August 13, 2009
Official Press Release
Aug. 13, 2009
Joan DuBois, [email protected]

(Crossville, TN)
The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) held its' 110th annual U.S. Open at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indiana. The 9 round national event began Aug. 1 and concluded on Aug. 9, 2009. Players were competing for $50,000 in prizes based on 500 paid entries.

455 chess enthusiasts participated in this national chess championship. Six tied for first, GM-elect Alex Lenderman, IM Jacek Stopa, GM's Sergey Kudrin, Alex Yermolinsky, Dmitry Gurevich, and Jesse Kraai. Stopa is from Poland; the other five all earn a spot into the 2010 US Championships, currently set for Saint Louis in Spring 2010. The top two GMs on tiebreak, Dmitry Gurevich and Sergey Kudrin had a blitz playoff for the official title. Gurevich won that game.

The complete crosstable listing all players can be found at: You can access games from Final standings can also be found at:

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