Massachusetts GM Alexander Ivanov last week extended his remarkable run in the Eastern Open, winning the 34th running of the D.C. event outright with a 7-1 score.
Ivanov, who by our count has won or tied for first at least eight times since the Eastern was revived in the late 1980s, won six and gave up just two draws to fellow GM Sergey Kudrin and IM Bryan Smith. The key game of the tournament was Ivanov’s 21-move win over U.S. Open co-champ NM Anton Del Mundo in the penultimate round.
Other section winners: Under-2200 — Erik Santarius, 6½-1½; Under-1900 — Nikita Panasenko, Hubert Neumaier, Anatoly Treger, Youri Loboda and Sherwin Rugless, all at 6-2; Under-1600 — Adonis Turner, 6½-1½; and Under-1300 — Ramanaj Sreenivasan, with the event’s only perfect 8-0 score. Congratulations to all.
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