Triple Tie For First; Grandmasters,
Stripunsky, Fishbein, and Kudrin share First Place!
You can say the Grandmasters who attend the Dr. Ostfeld memorial tournament play for free but the truth is they probably give a free lesson to their opponents.
This time around the “Brain From Ukraine” Alexander Stripunsky was officially first on tie-breaks (each GM scored three and a half points total) even though he drew his last round game with second place finisher GM Alexander Fishbein. Stripunsky’s tiebreak based victory came off of his third round win against fourth place finisher and future grandmaster Alexander Katz (which was the best win for any of the participants). GM Sergey Kudrin finished tiebreak third because of his draw with eighth place finisher Alexander Crump. The grandmasters all receive two-hundred and fifty dollars for their participation, or “lessons” if you will.
The other prize winners were:
Boris Privman who won three games and claimed 75 dollars for best results of a player over the age of 55,
Jacob Berman who won three games and received 100 dollars for best results of a player with a rating under 2000,
Gregory Nolan who won three games and took home 100 dollars for best results of a player rated under 2200.
The above mentioned Alexander Crump won 37.50 for his two-and-a-half points, and draw against GM Kudrin, as well as a tie for best results for a player under the age of 13. John Burke shared that prize with Crump, scoring the same amount of points.
Two players, Asha “Albert’s Legacy” Kapengut, and Aaron Shlionsky, took the prize for best results of a player rated under 1800. Both got 50 bucks.
For the under 1600 prize there were two winners as well, with Joe Pacella, and Gilad Drillich both scoring two-and-a-half points to get fifty dollars each.
Thirty-eight players competed in the open section of the Dr. Ostfeld Memorial Open Championship.