IM Jeffery Xiong (2497) beat GM Lazaro Batista (2684) to win the Chicago Open, 2015 with a score of 7.0/9, half a point ahead of GM Gata Kamsky (2673) and six others who tied for second place with 6.5/9.
Indian IM Ashwin Jayaram, who had earlier registered a GM norm performance, settled for a draw in his last round game to finish with 6.0/9.
You may check the final standings here.
Nine players were tied for lead at the end of eight rounds with 6.0/8. In the eighth round, the top board witnessed a crucial encounter between Cuban GM Lazaro Batista (2684) and America GM Gata Kamsky (2673) which ended in a draw.
IM Ashwin Jayaram of India meanwhile won his round eight encounter to move to 5.5/8 to score his GM norm. He has all the required norms and just needs to cross 2500 elo rating to become a Grand Master.
See the standings here.
GM Lazaro Batista (2684), GM Gata Kamsky (2673), GM Samuel Sevian (2565), GM Vladimir Georgiev (2550) emerged as leaders at the end of six rounds with 5.0/6.
Indian IM Ashwin Jayaram (2466) meanwhile drew his sixth round game to stand at 4.0/6.
You may check the standings here.