This game did not manage to win first place during its week nor did it manage to get any first or second place votes for Game of the Year but that didn’t stop it from winning as a surprising Wildcard game takes the top honor for 2015
Young GM Xiong has been picking up award after award in the USCL, and he does it again here with a second place finish in Game of the Year, in a game which was epitomized simply for strong, yet simple looking play, defeating a strong GM with the Black pieces with seeming ease
Definitely one of the more unique games in the contest and that definitely caught the eyes of the judges who were impressed by GM Nyzhnyk’s skillful maneuvering as well as his nice exchange sacrifice which helped him break through
In yet another nice exchange sacrifice, GM Stripunsky’s second game featuring that in the Contest, his strong play and dominating Bishops earned high marks from the judges.
The 2015 MVP and Rookie of the Year added another feather in his cap with a Top Five finish in Game of the Year as his nice piece sacrifice followed up precisely met with widespread approval from the judges.