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BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS TOURNAMENT

The Bahamas International & Amateur was held from October 24-28, 2012 at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, West Bay Street, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas. The highly-competitive field consisted of six Grand Masters, three International Masters, three FIDE Masters, as well as a number of untitled but very capable players. All told, seven countries were represented, namely The Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

GM Alex Shabalov won the International Section, finishing with an undefeated 6.5/9 and taking home the $2,000 first prize.


(GM Alexander Shabalov, winner of the International section)

Just a half-point behind was GM Alexander Goldin, who collected $1,200 for his efforts over the five days.

(Second-place finisher, GM Alexander Goldin)

Yaacov Norowitz and Erik Santarius both scored IM norms. Norowitz had secured his norm before his round 9 game began, while Santarius clinched his with a last-round draw against Goldin.

(Yaacov Norowitz, left, secured his second International Master norm at the Bahamas International)

(Erik Santarius, left, receiving his Title Result Certificate from tournament director, Steve Immitt, right. Santarius earned his third and final International Master norm at the Bahamas International)

In the Amateur section, Jingle Kho of Ontario, Canada, shared the top prize with Yan Lyansky, each with 5/6 points. Frank Gibson placed third with 4.5 points.

(Jingle Kho, co-winner of the Amateur section)

(Yan Lyansky, left, in the round five match against Kho, right)

Winning the Reserve section was U.S. player, Mark Neale, with second place going to Chaz Garraway.

(Chaz Garraway, right, accepting his prize from Tournament Director, Steve Immitt, left)

The Bahamas Chess Federation was pleased to have five of its members in the field of tournament amateurs. Sponsored by the MedNet Group of Companies, these players represented the Bahamas well, each earning a prize. The MedNet Group of Companies is an umbrella organization for more than 15 Nassau-based companies that deliver private healthcare services and offer professional management and related services. The Group has been and remains an avid supporter of chess in The Bahamas.

(The MedNet team – (left to right, Andre White, Sandeep Gali, Byron Small, Chaz Garraway, and Yan Lyansky)

Despite the difficult weather conditions brought on by Hurricane Sandy, the tournament was a rousing success and sets the stage for bigger and better internationals in the years to come. As one player noted, it truly felt like an international chess tournament, not only in its location, but with the variety of players unknown to each other. As the first time that such an event has been held in The Bahamas, it is certainly something to build on.
 
 
Final Standings – International Section
 
#
Name
Rtng
St
Rd1
Rd2
Rd3
Rd4
Rd5
Rd6
Rd7
Rd8
Rd9
Tot
Prize
1
GM Alexander Shabalov
2570
USA
W12
W6
D2
D5
D3
D7
W11
W10
D4
6.5
$2000.00
2
GM Alexander Goldin
2549
USA
W13
W7
D1
W10
D5
D4
D6
D3
D8
6.0
$1200.00
3
IM Leonid Gerzhoy
2469
CAN
W15
D5
D10
D4
D1
D8
W9
D2
D7
5.5
$700.00
4
Yaacov Norowitz
2420
USA
W17
D10
D5
D3
D11
D2
D8
W6
D1
5.5
$700.00
5
GM Giorgi Margvelashvili
2582
GEO
W8
D3
D4
D1
D2
D11
D7
D9
D6
5.0
*$700.00
6
GM Joshua E Friedel
2495
USA
W14
L1
D11
W9
D8
W13
D2
L4
D5
5.0
*$700.00
7
IM Justin Sarkar
2408
USA
W16
L2
D15
D11
W10
D1
D5
D8
D3
5.0
$300.00
8
Erik F Santarius
2278
USA
L5
D11
W12
W15
D6
D3
D4
D7
D2
5.0
$600.00
9
FM Alex Betaneli
2223
USA
L10
W18
D14
L6
W16
W15
L3
D5
W13
5.0
$600.00
10
GM Bator Sambuev
2524
CAN
W9
D4
D3
L2
L7
W14
W13
L1
D11
4.5
*$700.00
11
IM Tom O’ Donnell
2350
CAN
W18
D8
D6
D7
D4
D5
L1
D12
D10
4.5
 
12
FM Alberto Pinheiro Mascarenhas
2261
BRA
L1
D17
L8
W18
L13
D16
D14
D11
W15
4.0
 
13
Giovanni Carreto
2247
MEX
L2
L15
W17
W14
W12
L6
L10
W16
L9
4.0
 
14
Richard Selzler
2200
USA
L6
W16
D9
L13
W17
L10
D12
D15
U—
3.5
 
15
FM Michael Dougherty
2149
CAN
L3
W13
D7
L8
W18
L9
D16
D14
L12
3.5
 
16
Nicholas A Tomlin
unr.
USA
L7
L14
D18
D17
L9
D12
D15
L13
B—
3.0
 
17
Matt D Helfst
1965
USA
L4
D12
L13
D16
L14
W18
U—
U—
U—
2.0
 
18
Gary L Cote
unr.
USA
L11
L9
D16
L12
L15
L17
B—
U—
U—
1.5
 
19
Franklyn E Gibson
1958
BAH
U—
U—
U—
U—
U—
U—
U—
U—
U—
0.0
 

 
Final Standings – Amateur and Reserve Sections
 
1
Jingle A Kho
2110
ON
W7
W12
W4
W3
L2
W8
5.0
$950.00
2
Yan Lyansky
1863
PA
W9
W14
L3
W4
W1
W7
5.0
$950.00
3
Franklyn E Gibson
2132
BAH
W6
D5
W2
L1
W8
D4
4.0
$600.00
4
Riccardo Solaroli
1922
FC
W8
W13
L1
L2
W5
D3
3.5
$300.00
5
Byron S Small
1778
BAH
W11
D3
L12
W10
L4
W13
3.5
$400.00
6
Andre White
1744
BAH
L3
L8
W14
L11
B—
W10
3.0
$40.00
7
Sandeep Gali
1669
BAH
L1
L10
B—
W14
W12
L2
3.0
$40.00
8
Earl Lee Raby
1661
NC
L4
W6
W11
W12
L3
L1
3.0
$40.00
9
Mikhail Kruglyak
1644
NJ
L2
H—
H—
W13
L10
W14
3.0
$40.00
10
Cecil Moncur
1564
NP
L12
W7
W13
L5
W9
L6
3.0
$40.00
11
Mark Robert Neale
1554
RI
L5
B—
L8
W6
H—
H—
3.0
*$700.00
12
Albert C Ruehmann
1803
GA
W10
L1
W5
L8
L7
U—
2.0
 
13
Leonard J Timko
1759
OH
X15
L4
L10
L9
W14
L5
2.0
 
14
Chaz Garraway
1406
BAH
B—
L2
L6
L7
L13
L9
1.0
**$400.00
 
Full tournament details, including game files, can be found at www.bahamasinternational.net.
 
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