Photos from City of Chicago Class

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Cha-ching! Maret Thorpe presents 2nd U1500 money to Jermaine Howlett. U1500 winner Bayann Hollis already has his check.

My Rogue Squadron teammate Mohammed Khalid Khan cashes in with first place in the U2100 Section! (And Khalid generally plays Board 4.) We discovered that neither of our wives ever expect us to win a prize.

My Rogue Squadron teammate Mohammed Khalid Khan cashes in with first place in the U2100 Section! (And Khalid generally plays Board 4.) We discovered that neither of our wives ever expect us to win a prize.

Ani Emrikian's kitchen is being remodeled, so instead of enjoying her brownies, we had to "settle" for delicious chess cookies from Bennison's.

Ani Emrikian's kitchen is being remodeled, so instead of enjoying her brownies, we had to "settle" for delicious chess cookies from Bennison's.

12-year-old Nastassja Matus of Minnesota made a big impression on me when she scored a win and a draw against 2400+ opponents in the second and third rounds with very deep play. While she lost this game to NM Aakaash Meduri and did not finish in the prize money, she earned her National Master title in style!

12-year-old Nastassja Matus of Minnesota made a big impression on me when she scored a win and a draw against 2400+ opponents in the second and third rounds with very deep play. While she lost this game to NM Aakaash Meduri and did not finish in the prize money, she earned her National Master title in style!

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Board 1, final round: IM Eric Rosen vs. IM Angelo Young (wearing lucky hat)

Back in Russia, Igor Tsyganov competed with his friends Svidler, Zvjaginsev, and Najer, all whom broke 2680. At the Class, he held Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich to a draw. Igor's daughter Margarita Tsyganova helped pay for her college education by tying for third in the Under 1500 section. In between soccer games, son Anthony played in both days' Rated Beginners' Opens

Back in Russia, Igor Tsyganov competed with his friends Svidler, Zvjaginsev, and Najer, all whom broke 2680. At the Class, he held Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich to a draw.

Igor's daughter Margarita Tsyganova helped pay for her college education by tying for third in the Under 1500 section. In between soccer games, son Anthony played in both days' Rated Beginners' Opens