Ninety chess players appeared at the South Carolina Open (three sections) held in Greenville, S.C., over the weekend. The improved attendance (65 appeared in 2007) allowed the Greenville Chess Club to pay out 145% of the guaranteed minimum prizes.
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili and North Carolina State Champion Chris Mabe tied for first place with 4.5 points to win the Open Section, splitting $1305. Defending Open Champion GM Lubomir Ftacnik finished with 4.0 points and in third place.
Special thanks to Mr. David Grimaud for the report.
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