GM Mark Paragua won $1,000 in Washington Chess Congress

GM Mark Paragua won $1,000 in Washington Chess Congress

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Filipino Grandmaster Mark Paragua failed to win the coveted title but didn't go home empty handed when he received the $1,000 prize money by topping the Mixed Doubles category along with team mate US player Rachana Bhanuprasad.

The native Bulacan  GM Paragua tallied 4.5 points in the Open section while Bhanuprasad notch 5.5 points in the Under 1300 section of the 4th Annual Washington Chess Congress last October 6-9, 2017, at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Iranian GM Elshan Moradiabadi took the crown in the Open section after accumulating 6.0 points to pocketed the champion's purse $3,100.

Tied for 2nd to 4th placers are GM Timur Gareyev, GM Denis Kadric and IM Praveen with  5.5 points marker. Each of them received $933.34.

At solo 5th placer is Liran Zhou with 5.0 points, good for him to won the top under 2300 award for $1,400.

Overall, GM Paragua finished in a tie for 6th to 10th place with FM Jennifer R Yu, FM Akshita Gorti, Andy Huang and Jeffrey L Quirke.

 Bhanuprasad,on the other hand, settled 2nd to 4th place in the Under 1300 section with Anish M Mariappan and Pracheth Godlaveti.

John Sandberg is the Under 1300 champion with 6.0 points for the top prize $1,000. (Marlon Bernardino)