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August 6, 2013 > BrainyChess Tournament raises funds for

BrainyChess Tournament raises funds for

Submitted By Vignesh Varadarajan

Thirty-two chess players battled in the BrainyChess Open Charity Chess Tournament in Pleasanton during the weekend of July 27-28. Tournament directors, Vignesh Varadarajan who just completed eighth grade at Hopkins Junior High School (Fremont) and Dhanush Venkatesh organized the competition to raise funds for Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

Filled with exciting games, the Open Section championship was claimed by International Chess Master (IM) Ricardo De Guzman who won his first three games and settled for a draw in his last game, giving him clear first place with 3.5 points. National Chess Master (NM) Kesav Viswanadha, was awarded second prize in the open section with three wins and one loss; Armaan Kalyanapur won the u2100 class prize. Second place u2100 prize was shared between Milind Maiti, Joanna Liu, and Alexander Feghhi.

Jonathan Topielski, and Alan F Howe shared top honors in the Reserve section by winning must-win games in the last round, scoring 3.5 points in the tournament. The u1200 prize in Reserve was won by Aurum Kathuria after a victory in a lengthy last round game. Final standings and prize money of both sections of the tournament are posted at

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