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Peter Gilruth – Trip to Chicago!


Kenya’s highest rated player Peter Gilruth was in the United States last month where he managed to find time to play in the 10th edition of the Chicago Class Chess Tournament.

The 5 round event ran from 14th to 16th July 2017 at the Westin North Shore Hotel, Wheeling, Illinois and which had 7 separate sections.

Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, top U2400 $800-400. FIDE rated. 
Expert (2000-2199): $1400-700-400-200. 
Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1400-700-400-200. 
Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $1400-700-400-200. 
Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1200-600-400-200. 
Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $1000-500-300-200. 
Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $500-250-150-100,

Peter Gilruth played in the Master Section which had 5 Grand Masters and 2 International Master out of a total of 52 players.

Peter Gilruth (right) proudly wearing his Nairobi Chess Club cap.

Top ranked players included GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez at 2503 from USA, GM Nikola Mitkov 2466  and GM Vladimir Georgiev 2503 both from Macedonia, GM Ashwin Jayaram 2485 and GM Rajaram Laxman 2397 from India.

Peter has been sent us a game that he played against FM Li rated at 2336.

Ranking of the top 24 players. Note ratings are USCF ratings.

Peter ended up with 1.5 out of 5 points in this tough event and is expected to lose approximately 25 Elo points.