Monday, August 4, 2008

Hess Sweeps August Open

IM Robert Hess swept through a field of 34 to win the New York August Open (August 2-3). His perfect 4-0 score included a fine win against GM Leonid Yudasin, and earned him $367. GM Michael Rohde, Senior Master Grigory Braylovskiy, and NM Yefim Treger tied for second with 3 points and took home $92 each.

Hess sacrificed a piece to trap Yudasin's king in the center and score a dramatic last-round victory to wrap up first prize. Here's the game:

The 32-player Under-2000 section was won by Kevin Dresher and Anatoly Treger with 3 1/2 out of 4. They won $138 for their efforts. Terence Lamb, Richard Rivera Jr, Michael Bodek, and Peter Hess split the under-1800 prize with 3 points, winning $23 each.

Crosstables are available on the USCF website. Steve Immitt directed for the Chess Center of New York.

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