College chess clashes at U.S. Open


The 2023 U.S. Open ran from July 29 to August 6 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It offered nine-day, six-day, and four-day schedules, which merged in round 7. Two University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) students, Grandmasters David Brodsky and Rahul Srivatshav Peddi, participated.

The penultimate round

The second-to-last round in the 2023 U.S. Open was critical to the standings. Going into the round, GM Andrew Tang and IM Jason Liang led the field with 6.5 out of 7. After they drew, five players caught up with them. By the end of round 8, seven players were tied for the lead going into the ninth and final round.

Grandmasters David Brodsky and Rahul Srivatshav Peddi caught up with the leaders by each winning their round 8 games.

UT Dallas versus Stanford

David Brodsky, Round 8

Grandmaster David Brodsky had White against International Master Bryce Tiglon. Brodsky is studying computer science at UT Dallas. Tiglon studies biology at Stanford University.

Rahul Srivatshav Peddi (Round 8)

Grandmaster Rahul Srivatshav Peddi had White against Matias Shundi. Peddi is studying business administration at UT Dallas. Shundi studied math and computer science at Stanford.

U.S. Open winner

In round 9, Brodsky drew IM Joshua Posthuma and Peddi drew Grandmaster Victor Matviishen. Thus, Brodsky and Peddi each finished with 7.5 out of 9 points. Grandmasters Andrew Tang and Aleksey Sorokin won their last round games, finishing with 8 out of 9 points.

Aleksey Sorokin, Texas Tech University

Tang graduated from Princeton University and Sorokin attends Texas Tech University. For their Armageddon playoff game, which had no increment, Tang bid 7 minutes and 52 seconds and Sorokin had 10 minutes. Tang had Black and draw odds.

Andrew Tang with trophy

When Tang drew, he won the U.S. Open trophy and a $200 bonus. By winning the U.S. Open, Tang gets a spot in the 2023 U.S. Championship.

WIM Alexey Root, PhD

Alexey Root is a Woman International Master and the 1989 U.S. Women's chess champion. Her peak US Chess rating was 2260. She has a PhD in education from UCLA. You can find her books on chess on

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