Boston Chess Congress 2013

2nd Boston Chess Congress
January 11-13, 2013

The Boston Chess Congress was held from January 11-13, 2013, at the Hyatt Harborside at Logan Airport, 101 Harborside Dr, Boston, Massachusetts.

GM Chao Li from China continues him acclimation to the U.S., topping off his third-place finish in the super-strong North American Open in Las Vegas last month with a convincing clear victory in the Boston Chess Congress this past weekend. Chao finished the tournament a point ahead of the field, defeating IMs Jonathan Yedidia and Mark Esserman, then downing Denys Shmelov, before drawing with GM Alexander Ivanov, turning in a powerful 2829 tournament performance en route to his $1,067 prize for finishing in clear first in the Premier Section.

Ivanov and Shmelov tied for 2nd with 3½, while WGM Nazi Paikidze finished in fourth at 3-1.

The Boston Chess Congress drew 170 entries and an additional 8 re-entries, spread out in eight separate sections. One common thread among virtually all the players was the universal approval of the service given by the Hyatt Harborside Hotel at Boston’s Logan Airport. The complimentary coffee service provided for all the players all day throughout the weekend, free parking for all players and free wi-fi were welcome gifts for the players. But perhaps the most startling and talked-about of the special offerings the hotel made to the tournament players was the absolutely scrumptious selection of cash food sales. Not your typical hotel food concession, the Hotel Chef himself doted on the players with a fresh soup and salad bar, freshly made sandwiches, delicious homemade chocolate-chip cookies for only $1, not to mention full-size, homemade calzones throughout the weekend! During the Boston Congress, the fork truly became the chess players’ most welcome tool, both on and off the chess board!

The tournament winner graciously annotated his second-round victory over IM Jonathan Yedidia, which you can find in our Games Viewer.

The final standings, with prizes, are now posted for all sections.

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