The 7th Annual Chesapeake Open was held january 9-11, 2015 at the Rockville Hilton in Rockville, MD. The turnout was up 20% from last year with 175 players in seven sections. The Championship section was headlined by 5-time US Champion GM Gata Kamsky. Kamsky drew his third round game against IM Leven Bregadze. Because the tournametn paid prizes based primarly on scores, Kamksy was motivated to work hard to win his last two games. He played a very long game in round 4 against GM Mark Paragua and was able to pull out a win in a very drawish position. In round 5 he was able to do the same thing in his game against IM Akshat Chandra.

[pgn initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none] [Event "7th Annual Chesapeake Open"] [Site "Rockville, MD"] [Date "2015.01.11"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Kamsky (2746), GM Gata"] [Black "Chandra (2576), IM Akshat"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E11"] [PlyCount "119"] [EventDate "2015.1.9"] [TimeControl "6000+1330"] [WhiteClock "0:14:59"] [BlackClock "0:00:38"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. b3 Nbd7 9. Bc3 b6 10. Nbd2 Bb7 11. a4 a5 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Ne5 Rc7 14. e4 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Bxe4 c5 18. Bxb7 Rxb7 19. Qf3 Rd7 20. Rcd1 Rxd1 21. Rxd1 Qc7 22. h4 Rd8 23. Rc1 Qd7 24. Kf1 Qd3+ 25. Qxd3 Rxd3 26. Ke2 Rd7 27. h5 f5 28. exf6 Bxf6 29. Bd2 Kf7 30. Rh1 e5 31. f3 e4 32. fxe4 Rd4 33. Be3 Rxe4 34. Kf3 Re6 35. Rd1 Ke7 36. Rd5 Be5 37. g4 h6 38. Rd1 Bd6 39. Re1 Kd7 40. Bd2 Rf6+ 41. Kg2 g6 42. g5 hxg5 43. h6 Rf7 44. Bxg5 Rf5 45. Bc1 Be5 46. Re4 Rh5 47. Rg4 Rh2+ 48. Kf3 g5 49. Rxg5 Rxh6 50. Rxe5 Rh3+ 51. Ke4 Rxb3 52. Rd5+ Kc6 53. Bf4 Rb4 54. Rd6+ Kb7 55. Kd5 Rxa4 56. Rd7+ Kc8 57. Kc6 Rxc4 58. Bc7 Rd4 59. Rg7 Rg4 60. Rxg4 1-0 [/pgn]

This allowed him to have a final score of 4.5 and take up $1100.

Alexander Moises (2023) won the under 2200 section with a score of 4/5. The under 2000 section was won by Jay Lalwani (1624) despite him coming rated 24th of the 24 players in the section. Maryland high school player Justin Hontz was the winner of the under 1800 section with a score of 4.5/5. In the under 1600 another underdog, Jalil Buie (1136), was the winner with a score of 4.5/5. The race was a lot closer in the under 1600 section which ended in a five-way tie between Qiuhua Zheng, Michael Hu, Leiv Blad, Mantra Vivek, and Mankesh Menon. The Under 1000 section was won with a perfect 5.0 score by Ramesh Elavarthi.

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