The 2020 Newark January Open on Sunday, January 26 featured a record number of entries (89) for a 1-day tournament at the Siliman Center. Players of all ages and from various places around Northern California came to play with rating events for all levels and junior events for the youngsters. Trophies and medals were given to the top 4 finishers in each event but each of the juniors 8 years of under participants went home with a trophy or medal. Players to reach two finals were Danh Duong, James Goodwin IV, Tega Sebeni, Vishruth Dinesh, and Nimish Jain. Each of the players mentioned had one first-place and one second-place finish. Aanya Kulkarni had the biggest rating jump with a 446-rating point increase to 729 with her stellar play in winning first in Under 500 and in a 3-way tie for first in Juniors 14 Years & Under (but coming out in 3rd by games ratio).
The next singles tournament will be on Sunday, March 22 and the next team tournament will be on Saturday, May 16. The first tournament in the summer will be on Saturday, July 18.