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.

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