International Master Aman Hambleton returned to the province from Ottawa to headline this year’s NL Open. With huge performances in Panama and Mexico (among other places), not to mention countless Canadian tournament wins and a rating that lands him 5th-ranked in the country, Aman is one of our very best up-and-coming players.
In the end, Aman took the top spot over the strongest field ever assembled for a Newfoundland tournament, including 5 past winners of the NL Open, among them the province’s long-time top-rated player, FIDE Master Grant Spraggett. In clear second, and top-scoring NL resident, was Anthony Leonard, with a breakthrough performance, and Grant took third. All games from the 2013 NL Open are now posted in the games section of this site.
By all accounts it was a wonderful event, and kudos go out to Jordan Berson for his exceptional initiative in putting the tournament together and bringing new panache to organized chess in the province.