It has been a busy few weeks in the world of chess, with the 117th annual US Open recently concluding in Indianapolis and the Sinquefield Cup entering the homestretch in St. Louis.
The US Open ended with former US champion Alexander Shabalov and Israeli grand master Gil Popilski tying for first with scores of 8-1. Shabalov won the “Armageddon” game for the title, earning him an extra $200 and a spot in next year’s US championship at the St. Louis Chess Club.
The event had 396 players, and the best-scoring Massachusetts player — and actually the only Massachusetts resident making the trip to America’s heartland — was professor J. Timothy Sage of Northeastern University, with a 5.5-3.5 score.
Other high-scoring New England attendees were Hal Terry of New Hampshire (5-4) and Rhode Islanders Ryan Sowa (5-4) and Michael McCormick (5-4).
Complete standings of the event be found here