Jason Wang took clear first place in the North American Open. This is an amazing result in many ways:
- In his uncompromising style, Jason defeated a Ukrainian and Russian grandmaster in the last two rounds. The above picture is at the beginning of the pre-ultimate round.
- This result brought his rating over 2500, a new record for a CCL graduate. Even more amazing when you realize that Jason is only an 11th grader in high school.
- He fell a little short of a GM norm but he did get his second IM norm.
- He won $10,300 for his efforts.
I couldn't be happier for this humble young gentleman. Talent, hard work, and great parental support are all there, as you should expect. Complete tournament results are at https://chessevents.com/event/northamerican/2022/standings/open.