Schedules merge at 2012 U.S. Open

Pictured above: Manuel Leon Hoyos, current champion of Mexico and member of the Webster University (St. Louis) chess team is the top rated player in the event and owns the only perfect score through 7 rounds. Yaacov Norowitz studies the game in the background. Photo credit: Al Lawrence (courtesy of USCF).

517 players are now clashing in one section. I have the good fortune to be sharing a room with former U.S.C.F. Executive Director Al Lawrence, who is covering the event for Chess Life and USCF Online. Click here for this morning’s report form Al, including some of the top games.

Summary – players within one point of the lead with two rounds to go:
1 GM Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2679 7.0
2 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 6.5
3 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 6.5
4 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 6.5
5 GM Bykhovsky, Anatoly ISR 2653 6.0
6 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2573 6.0
7 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 6.0
8 IM Sarkar, Justin NY 2483 6.0
9 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 6.0
10 FM Bryant, John Daniel CA 2455 6.0
11 Shvartsman, Andrew NJ 2343 6.0
12 Mo, Kevin PA 2325 6.0
13 Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259 6.0
14 Sheng, Joshua CA 2079 6.0

The annual awards luncheon is today. We have no Internet access at the playing site so our coverage has been necessarily spotty.

Link to the complete standings is here.
Titled players, Northwest and British Colombia players still in striking distance of the leaders:

GM Ramirez, Alejandro TX 2643 5.5
GM Shabalov, Alexander PA 2619 5.5
IM Kaufman, Raymond CA 2420 5.5
IM Neimer, Vitaly ISR 2406 5.5
Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349 5.5
FM Thompson, Ian D ENG 2343 5.5
Haessler, Carl A OR 2214 5.5
FM Goldberg, Mitchell D NY 2207 5.5
Wang, Michael WA 2148 5.5
Esler, Brian John OR 2060 5.5
Zavortink, Matt WA 2051 5.5
FM Boor, Carl Brandon IL 2362 5.0
FM Raptis, Nick OR 2330 5.0
WFM Labedz, Patrycja Anna TX 2329 5.0
FM Roper, David Christian WA 2288 5.0
IM Saidy, Anthony F CA 2288 5.0
Gay, Daniel Zachary OR 2212 5.0
Graves, John D WA 2206 5.0
Feng, Roland WA 2204 5.0
FM Pinto, Mark A CA 2200 5.0
Pupols, Viktors WA 2200 5.0
Sohal, Tanraj S BC 2199 5.0
Lessler, Peter WA 2177 5.0
Ummel, Igor WA 2175 5.0
Edwards, Derek WA 2163 5.0
Cheng, Kun Jack, Jr BC 2156 5.0
Pendergast, Michael OR 2152 5.0
Yu, Corbin Zachary OR 2150 5.0
Sellers, Matthew B OR 2128 5.0
Lee, Nathan Y WA 2123 5.0
Dixon, Dakota Ellis WA 2108 5.0
Erichsen, Dan BC 2104 5.0
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098 5.0
FM Bartron, Paul R WA 2096 5.0
Daroza, Eduardo OR 2049 5.0
Tobin, Sean OR 2025 5.0
Smyth, Scott James OR 1926 5.0
Warrier, Krishnan V WA 1885 5.0
Viswanathan, Abinav WA 1806 5.0

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of the 2012 US Open by Rusty Miller.