Beneath the lamp, IM Dean Ippolito prepares for his first round game with the white pieces. With 5 points, Ippolito won the title of 2009 New Jersey State Champion.
Tournament director Ken Thomas watches Paul Joseph and Ilya Zhurbinskiy, as they set up an unusually large chessboard for their third round game. Zhurbinskiy won the Under 1900 section on tie-breaks.
TD Ken Thomas addresses the players before round five.
The 2009 U.S. Amateur East Champion, Sandi Hutama, plays his game as Black in the sixth round.