2010 New York International

New York is developing momentum once again with another marquee tournament. Gone are the days of the famous New York Open, but the Marshall Chess Club has organized a promising tournament for the 3rd year running. The New York International has attracted some serious pedigree including a contingent from India.

Surya Ganguly, one of Viswanathan Anand’s seconds, will headline the field. He will be joined by Indian GMs Pentala Harikrishna, Sandipan Chanda and GM Kidambi Sundaraja. American veterans Nick DeFirmian and Joel Benjamin will also make a stand as will Mark Paragua from the Philippines. The tournament will also features a horde of strong scholastic players trying to earn a few scalps. According to the Marshall Chess Club website,

There are “47 players rated over 2200 FIDE, including thirteen GMs and fourteen IMs, representing over fifteen different national chess federations!”

Official Site: https://www.marshallchessclub.org/index.html
Selected Games: https://www.thechessdrum.net/palview4/newyork2010.pgn


  1. Lot of upsets in the New York International. Indians have received a rude welcoming to New York as top-seed GM Surya Ganguly (2672) lost to Kassa Korley (2284). GM Sandipan Chanda (2640) has also been upset by the talented youngster FM Michael Lee (2391).

    Kassa Korley plays GM Surya Ganguly in the 2010 New York International. Photo by Ron Anderson.

    Kassa Korley plays GM Surya Ganguly in the 2010 New York International.
    Photo by Ron Anderson.

    The biggest casualty has been GM Kidambi Sundaraja (2520) giving up two draws to Korley and Evan Rosenberg (2218). Rosenberg also beat IM Vladimiir Romanenko (2496). Andrew Wang has beaten IM Roberto Hungaski (2427) and Michael Chiang (1962) beat IM Jay Bonin (2305). Lots of sharks in the tank!

    There are four 3-0 scores going into Round 4: IM Dmitry Schneider, GM Jaan Ehlvest (who play each other), IM Salvijus Bercys, GM Nick DeFirmian (who play). Korley will continue his march for an IM norm against IM Dean Ippolito. He will most certainly earn his FM title as he vaults over 2300 FIDE.

    Interview with Kassa Korley

    Video by Ron Anderson.

  2. More heads scalped… Zimbabwe’s Farai Mandizha beats Surya Ganguly! Second loss for the Indian national. FM Michael Lee holds GM Robert Hess; Evan Rosenberg beats GM Rashad Babaev; IM Marc Esserman beat GM Joel Benjamin.

    I need games and photos!!

  3. Congrats to Kassa for his huge victories. I was there and the Kid play amazingly well !!! I also want to send a special Congrats to Farai Mandhiza who beat, GM Alexander Shabalov , GM Ganguly, he also drew GM Mark Paragua, and GM Kidambi.

  4. Jaan Ehlvest is holding onto his slim lead after seven rounds with 6/7. Four players are 1/2 back with several more GMs ready to make a push in the last two rounds.

    Ehlvest gets IM Robert Hungaski in round #8 while the Indian players are on the next three boards facing other GMs. Farai Mandizha plays GM Rashad Babaev and needs to stay on course for an GM/IM norm. Kassa Korley is also looking to score against his young counterpart, IM Raja Panjwani of Canada.

    FM Michael Lee has had a good showing and is seeking an IM norm. Perhaps the best showing thus far has been Evan Rosenberg (2218). He’s beaten a GM and two IMs.

  5. Round #8

    Pentala Harikrishna has jumped into a tie with Jaan Ehlvest for 1st with a win over Mikheil Kekelidze. Ehlvest was holding onto the slimmest of margins until Robert Hungaski held him in round #8. Another good result for the Connecticut native.

    Farai Mandizha continues his GM norm quest by splitting a point with Rashad Babaev. In six games against Grandmaster competition, he has a +1 score with +2-1=3. Mandizha already has the IM norm. Kassa Korley needs a win against Vitaly Neimer for an IM norm.

  6. Pentala Harikrishna and Jaan Ehlvest win the 2010 New York International. Top three boards draw quickly… other games in progress. Norms still hang in the balance.

    Update: FM Farai Mandizha earned an IM norm along with FM Ilye Figler and Evan Rosenberg. Mandizha played seven GMs and barely missed a GM norm. A GM norm can be used as both an IM and GM norm.

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