Gilbert Perez reports on the 2022 Banff Open

By | November 17, 2022

Gilbert (Bong) Perez:

The tournament spanned November 11 to 13, 2022 at the Banff Centre (Alberta). 130 chess players from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, USA, and a Manitoba contingent of Theo Wolchock, Marcos Valentino, Luis Exconde, Joshua Gerona, and Bong Perez participated.  Jojo Nones, now residing in  BC, was number 3 seed in the Open section.

This is the 7th edition of the  Banff Open; GM Nick di Firmian of California emerged as the champion after a playoff.   2nd  Sherzod Khodjimatov, 3rd Rafael Arrubarrena, 4th Leo Lin. All had 5 points from 6 rounds.  5th and  6th were Jojo Nones (former Manitoban) and Theo Wolchock with 4.5 points, they drew each other in Round 6.

The U2000 category is won by Eric Jin with 5 points, tied for 2nd was Joshua Gerona from Winnipeg  with 4.5 points. Gilbert Perez was a half-point back at 4 points.The U1600 category was won by Ricky McCoshen; top unrated was won by Manitoban Luis Exconde.

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