The surprise of the Canadian tournament season was the appearance of 6th in the world GM Hikaru Nakamura at the GPO! Well of course they broke an attendance record, darlings :) People were eager for a chance to see Nakamura in action, even if they didn't get near him on the table!
With the advent of Nakamura it didn't seem likely that last year's champion, WGM Nino Maisuradze, would repeat as champion. She did, however, have a very creditable tournament, going 5.0/6 and finished in clear second place. Nakamura was 6.0/6. I would have fallen over in a faint if he hadn't finished with that score.
Congratulations to the winners of the Goddesschess prizes for chess femmes!
Report from the organizers:
1st: GM Hikaru Nakamura $1150 + Trophy 6 points
2nd: WGM Nino Maisuradze $700 5 points
3rd: Nicolas Haynes, Lucas Davies, Alisher Sanetullaev, Jack Yoos, Jamin
Gluckie, Howard Wu: $75 each, 4.5 points
Top BC Player (qualifies for BC Closed): Lucas Davies.
U2100: Benedict Daswani (Trophy), Jason Cao, Janak Awatranami, James Chan,
$200 each. 4 points.
Top Women (Courtesy of Goddess Chess): Nino Maisuradze $80 5 points, Becca
Lampman $70 3 points, Lan Ma $70 3 points, Alice Xiao $60 2.5 points, Polly
Wright $50 2.5 points, Jill Ding $40 2 points.
Top Junior (Courtesy Yaron Gvili): Tanraj Sohal, Lionel Han $50 each 4
Furthest travelled: Adrian Check (Australia)!
Full Final Standings Open and U1800.