Rank & File
(Vol. IX, #1 : January-February 1986)
Around the Nation
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL
IM Cris Ramayrat of the Philippines captured first place in the First San Francisco International tournament, which ended October 20. Ramayrat first came to the attention of U.S. players when he captured the U.S. Open Speed Championship last August, ahead of several Grandmasters.
Ramayrat's undefeated 7-2 tally earned him $1000. The other top prizes went to local FMs: Jay Whitehead of San Francisco scored 6.5 for second place (worth $500), and Elliot Winslow of Oakland was third with 6 ($300). Both earned their second IM norm (three are needed.)
Other scores included IM Victor Frias of Chile (5), GM Peter Biyiasis of San Jose and FM Paul Whitehead (Jay's older brother) of San Francisco (both 4), IM David Strauss of Riverside, Avinash Awate of India and Richard Lobo of England (all 3.5), and tournament organizer Guillermo Rey of San Francisco (2).
The tournament was made possible by donations from Nathan Sills and the American Chess Foundation. Miz Brown's Country Kitchen Restaurant donated the playing site. Francisco Sierra directed, assisted by Kerry Lawless.
Ramayrat (2407) - Frias (2545)
(USCF news release)
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