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Alexander Shabalov defends the title in Pittsburgh Open

Doubletree HotelThe 14th Annual Pittsburgh Open was held on 1-3rd March at the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh Green Tree, 500 Mansfield Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Last year winner GM Alex Shabalov, GM Suat Atalik, Kristopher Meekins and Safal Bora all finished tied with 4/5 at the top of the Open Section standings.

Each of the tied players collected $664.25 although Shabalov was declared the winner on tie-breaks and took home an additional $86 with his prize.

The event had a $12,000 prize fund based on 150 paid entries with $8,000 guaranteed. There were five sections: Open, Under 2100, Under 1800, Under 1500 and Under 1200.

Open section final standings:
1-4. GM Alexander Shabalov 2629 PA, GM Suat Atalik 2668 TUR, Kristopher C Meekins 2213 OH and Safal Bora 2247 MI – 4,0/5
5. IM Chiel Van Oosterom 2433 PA – 3.5
6-7. Daniel E Malkiel 2166 PA and Edward Thorpe Dean 2130 PA – 3.0 etc

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