OPEN- This section ended in a tie for first place between our
regular GM Keith Arkell and FM Ezra Kirk, teammates in the 4NCL,
both with 4 ½. Sole third place was won by Steven Meek on 3 ½.
played to the watching crowd in the last round why he is considered
a world class endgame specialist. With just a few minutes each left
(plus increment) he won a dramatic game in the last round. As Keith
said afterwards, “I went from being lost, to worse, to equal, to
better, to won.”
Steven Meek won a 16 move miniature against the third seed, trapping
his queen in the middle of the board.
And 14 year
old Max French upset American Daniel Malkiel to overcome 300 points