George Li Reigns at the 2017 Tim Just Winter Open
- Written by Bill Buklis Bill Buklis
The 2017 Tim Just Winter Open marked the first event on the 2017 Illinois Tour Schedule. For the remaining events see the tour schedule page. This year's event was once again held at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg. The tournament drew a record crowd with 192 players competing - 99 in the open section and 93 in the reserve section along with an additional 83 juniors in the one day scholastic tournament.
In the main event FM George Li held off all challengers to win this year's Tim Just Winter Open. FM Sam Schmakel gave him a good fight in the last round, but George held him to a draw to finish with 4.5 points and sole possesion of the first place prize money. Sam (4.0 points) shared second place with 11 others.
Neither section saw a perfect score.
In the reserve section William Dwyer and Hiro Higuchi battled it out for top honors in the last round, but had to settle for a draw. They shared first place with 4.5 points earned. With 4.0 points there was an eight way tie for third place.
The 2018 Tim Just Winter Open is scheduled for January 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg.