GM Alexander Fishbein is Perfect 6-0 to Win 2019 NJ Open

The 72nd New Jersey Open was held August 31st through September 2nd 2019 at the Hyatt Hotel in Morristown. Five GMs and five IMs competed among 163 players. In more than 20 years no one had gone undefeated in the open section. Last year there was a five way tie for first place with 5 points. In 2011 there was a seven way tie with 4.5 points. This year GM Alexander Fishbein went undefeated. There was a tie for 2nd and 3rd with 5 points between GM Joel Benjamin and IM Raja Panjwani. Over $10,000 in prizes were won in the Open, U1800 and U1600 sections. The 1st Place player in the U1800 section was  Aleksey Sergeev with 5.5 points and 1.5 points ahead of 2nd place. In the U1600 section Vedanta Das took 1st place with an undefeated record.

The 2019 NJ Scholastic K-8 Championship had 126 players in three sections. The U1200 section was won by Alexander Yu. The U900 section was won by Manish Kashyap and the U600 section was won by Kush Modywith 4.5 points  on tie breaks over Leah Zaytman.

2019 NJ Open Awards
Open:                      Score                                                                        Award

1st Place $1400:                            _6.0____      _Alexander Fishbein__________________    $1,400

New Jersey Champion Trophy:   ______        _Alexander Fishbein___________________

2nd Place $1100 + Trophy:           __5.0__    ___Raja Panjwani_______________________  $1,000

3rd Place $900 +   Trophy:            __5.0__    ____Joel Benjamin___________________        $1,000

4th – 5th Place $700 + $600:       __4.5__    ____Brandon Jacobson________________      $325

                                                         __4.5__    ___Hans Niemann___________________     $325

                                                         __4.5__    ___Dean Ippolito____________________     $325

                                                         __4.5__    ___Mackenzie Molner________________     $325

1st  – 3rd 2200-2399 500 +300 +100: _4.0_  ___Derek Clasby_____________________     $300

                                                               _4.0_  ___Noah Thomforde-Toates___________      $300

                                                               _4.0_  ___Peter Minear____________________       $300

1st 2000-2199 500:                           __4.5__ ___Peter Boris______________________     $500

2nd – 3rd 2000-2199 300 + 100:    __4.0_     __Ansh Shah_______________________        $50

                                                         __4.0_     __Shawn Wang_____________________         $50

                                                        __4.0_     ___Robert Forney___________________          $50

                                                         __4.0_     __Gracy Franco Prasanna______________       $50

                                                        __4.0_     ___Roman Rychkov ___________________      $50

                                                         __4.0_     ___David Zhurbinsky_________________         $50

                                                        __4.0_     ___Weijie Li_________________________       $50

                                                         __4.0_     __Yassamin Ehsani___________________         $50

1st – 3rd  U2000 500 + 300 +100: _3.5__      __Roger Zhang_____________________          $180

                                                        __3.5___  ___Boyang Zhao_____________________         $180

                                                        __3.5___     __Alexander Hu____________________          $180

                                                        __3.5____   __Mikhail Chevliagine _______________         $180

                                                        __3.5___      __George Maxfield_________________          $180

Top Sr 55+ 200 + trophy             _4.0__      ___Michael Rohde_________________              $200

Top Under 16 Trophy:                 _4.5____  ____Peter Boris____________________

Top Under 13 Trophy:                 _3.5____  ____Roger Zhang__________________

U 1800:                           Score                                                                               Award

1st Place:   $500 + Trophy:  __5.5_      __Aleksey Sergeev__________________             $500

2nd  – 3rd Place:  $300 + 100 Trophy:  __4.0_      _Matthew Gao_______________          $100

                                                  _4.0____      __Eric Levin______________________           $100

                                                  _4.0____      __Aarav Gaur____________________            $100

                                                  _4.0____      __Eric Li________________________             $100

Top Sr 55+   trophy              __3.5___      ___Scott Gorman__________________              

                                                __3.5___      ___Stephen Reade_________________           $200

Top Under 16 Trophy:        _  4.0___       ___Eric Li________________________

Top Under 13 Trophy:        __4.0___      ____Aarav Gaur___________________

U 1600:                            Score                                                                            Award

1st Place:   $500 + Trophy:  _6.0__     __Vedanta Das_____________________            $500

2nd  – 3rd Place:  $300 + $100 +Trophy: 5.0_ Paul Stricker_________________             $200

                                                __5.0___    Theodore Covey__________________            $200

Top Sr 55+ 200 + trophy     __4.5___      Joe Renna_______________________           $200

Top Under 16 Trophy:         _4.0____      Arnav Ketineni__________________              

Top Under 13 Trophy:         __4.5___      _Ritvik Maridi___________________

Top D $200:                          _4.5____      _Ritvik Maridi___________________              $100

                                               __4.5___      __Sahana Aravindakshan__________               $100              

Top E $200:                           __3.0___      __Greg Mirne___________________              $200

Top F $200:                            __3.5__        __Terry Liang___________________               $100

                                                 __3.5__        __Atharva Makode______________               $100