US Open 2009--Round 7 Rosen and Wilber

As the 2009 US Open winds down in it's final days, I noticed two outstanding performances by IL players.

First Expert Eric Rosen, after drawing with GM Kraai proceeded to defeat Tyler Hughes. Hughes is the second highest Under 18 player in the USA with a rating of 2377. Tyler is well known as a very strong player and out rated Eric by some 200 points. Eric lost the 7th round to a master rated 2282 however Eric is having an excellent tournament with 4.5/7. Eric’s performance so far is 2371. Right now after Round 7 his new rating would be 2185. Games will follow.


Another outstanding performance is being put in by Matthew Wilber rated 1795 who has 5.5/7. So far he has defeated three experts and one master. He has also drawn with an FM rated 2214. He is obviously having an incredible tournament with a rating performance so far of 2400. After round 7 his new rating would be 1945.

Also doing well is GM Gurevich who has 5.5/7. The seven leaders of the event have 6/7, so all is to play for in the last two rounds.

US Open 2009--Rosen draws GM Kraai

Playing with the Black pieces Expert (soon to be Master no doubt) Eric Rosen drew in seventy-one moves against GM Jesse Kraai who out rated Eric by some 350+ points.

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2009 Illinois Open -- September 5-6-7


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Gurevich wins Chicago Class Championship 2009

GM Dmitry Gurevich has reason to smile he scored 4/5 to take 1st place in the Master section at the 2009 Chicago Class Championships ahead of 1 GM, 2 IM's and 1 FM who all scored 3.5/5 to tie for second place. GM Gurevich is a familiar scene in both IL Chess and events around the country. He is both a strong player and a great chess coach.

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Young Ties for First in the World Open 2009 U2400 Section

IM Angelo Young went and conquered the U2400 section at the World Open in Philly this last weekend. Playing in a tough section Angelo scored seven points in nine rounds (5 wins, 4 draws and no losses) to end up tied for first place with four other players. Along the way Angelo defeated two other IM's including top rated IM for the section, Timothy Taylor 2399.

A big congrats to Angelo for this excellent performance.

Angelo owns and runs the Touch Move Chess Center in Chicago, always worth a visit.

Not to be outdone by Angelo's peroformance, Martin Niemczewski scored 8.5/9 in the U1200 section to take top honours. That's eight wins and one draw, an incredible performance! In addition to the well-earned prize money, his rating of 1184 will be going up.

Other notable performances from Illinois people included Stoil P. Jotev and Jordan Cohen who both scored 7.5/9 in the U2000 section. They tied for 2nd after playing each other for a draw in the final round. It's too bad when you go out of state and play people from your own state or even worse people you know.

Well done to all players from IL who competed in this year's World Open.

For more info, go to USCF Crosstable

Originally Published by Jon Burgess 6-July-2009