Monday, October 27, 2008

Izoria and Kacheishvili Win Marshall Championship

The Georgians marched through the Edward Lasker Memorial Marshall Chess Club Championship. Grandmasters Zviad Izoria and GM Giorgi Kacheishvili each scored an undefeated 7 1/2 out of 9 to share first place in the tournament, which ended on Sunday October 26.

Third place went to Paul Szuper with 6 points--an outstanding result for a player rated only 2192 on the wallchart. A knot of four players tied for third with 5 1/2: International Masters Justin Sarkar, Alex Lenderman, and Jay Bonin, along with FM Ilye Figler (who won the Under-2400 prize money).

The under-2300 and under-2200 prizes were shared by Kassa Korley, IM Renato Naranja, Raven Sturt, and Benjamin Katz with 5 points.

Steve Immitt directed the 34-player field with his usual aplomb and efficiency.

The complete crosstable with prize payouts is available on the Marshall website, and the USCF has the official results with rating changes.

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