Southwest Open underway

The 74th annual Southwest Open is underway! I don’t have the final headcount yet, but as of Wednesday 168 players had entered, including the addition of IM Salvijus Bercys (2479) and Tautvydas Vedrickas (2347). This is one of the strongest fields ever for a TCA event. Just take a look at the top 8 players:

GM Alejandro Ramirez  2600
IM Marko Zivanic 2544
IM Davorin Kuljasevic 2528
GM Babakuli Annakov 2510
IM Jacek Stopa 2507
IM Salvijus Bercys 2479
IM Puchan Wang 2440
Tautvydas Vedrickas 2347

3 more IMs enter Southwest Open

Three more International Masters have registered for next weekend’s Southwest Open! IM Marko Zivanic (2544), IM Davorin Kuljasevic (2528), and IM Jacek Stopa (2507). In case you’ve lost count, we’re now at 2 GMs and 4 IMs. 🙂

134 players have entered so far, but registration is open for 6 more days so look for that number to keep rising.

GM Ramirez, IM Wang to play in Southwest Open

With 8 days to go until the 2008 Southwest Open, we have confirmation that GM Alejandro Ramirez (2600) will be playing in the tournament. Ramirez is the highest rated player in Texas, and a member of the elite UTD chess team. His teammate, IM Puchen Wang, will also play in the event.

Online registration is available, and today (8/21) is the last day of reduced entry fees, so don’t wait. Also, as of this morning, the $85 hotel rate is still available (ask for the Southwest Open chess rate).

Reminder: TCA membership is required for this event. Not sure if your membership has expired? Just check the membership list.