Heading into the last round of the 4th Annual Washington International the top of the A section race is pretty tight. After starting out 4-0, GM Gata Kamsky has drawn three games out of four, allowing GM Arun Prasad Subramanian(IND), whom he defeated in round 3, to join him in the lead. A full point behind the leaders at 5.5 are GM Sergei Azarov (BEL), GM Michael Roiz (ISR), GM Victor Mikhalevski (ISR), IM Akshat Chandra (USA), FM Ruifeng Li (USA), and FM Nicolas Checa (USA).
At this point there are several players in the running for norms. FM Ruifeng Li has already earned an IM norm. He is paired against Kamsky in the last round and needs a draw to earn a GM norm. FM Nicolas Checa has also already earned his IM norm no matter what his last round result is. Additionally, three other players can also earn IM norms by winning their last round games: Joshua Sheng (USA), Atulya Shetty (USA), and Igor Sorkin (ISR).
The B section finished on Tuesday and was won by Ziwen Zhou (PA) and Franco Jose (VA) with each of them taking home $1500.
The final round for the A section starts at 11am on Thursday. The top seven boards are being broadcast at mdchess.com and on playchess.com. Pictures from the tournament are also on the Maryland Chess Assn. Facebook page.
The tournament is being organized by the Maryland Chess Association.
The 4th Annual Washington International is 2/3 of the way through and the top of the A section race is pretty tight. After starting out 4-0, GM Gata Kamsky drew his next to games, allowing the rest of the field to catch up. Kamsky is tied with GM Victor Kimhalevski (ISR) who he beat in round 4. A half point behind the leaders are four GMs: Sergei Azarov (BEL), Samuel Sevian (USA), Hedinn Steingrimsson (ISL) and Arun Prasad Subramanian (IND).
At this point there are several players in the running for norms. FM Ruifeng Li was at 4 out of 5 before losing in round 6. Even so, he only needs to score one out of his last three for an IM norm and 2.5 for a GM norm. Also with 4 is FM Nicolas Checa who needs 1.5 or 2 points in his last three game to earn an IM norm. The other person in the score group with a chance for a norm is Joshua Sheng. He needs a score of about 2 and needs to play two more non-US players.The 3.5 score group has a couple of other players who have a good chance; both Igor Sorkin (ISR) and FM Gauri Shankar (IND) will earn norms if they score two in their last three games.
Read more: 4th Annual Washington International Progress Report
As part of our increased security to prevent the use of electronic devices, MCA has purchased a thermal camera that can be used with cell phones.
This will allow us to monitor with out having to disturb the players.