Filipino Alekhine Nouri ruled the Blitz Under 1900 Section of the North American Chess Open held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The nine-year-old Nouri, the youngest FIDE Master in the country, collected nine points in the 10-round event. He scored nine wins and had a single loss.
Nouri defeated Robert Garza in the first and second rounds, Alex Stiger in the third, Marco Hernandez in the fifth and sixth, Dave Mohan in the seventh and eighth, and John Ken Iinuma in the ninth and 10th.
The only loss was handed by Stiger in the fourth round.
Brandon Davis, Jonathan Medrano, Pratik Padhi and Kian Patel shared the second spot with eight points each.
Grandmaster Wesley So, who now represents the United States Chess Federation, earlier topped the Open Section with eight points.
So is now revving up for the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament scheduled on January 9 to 25 in three different venues— Wijk aan Zee, Rotterdam and The Hague.
So will be up against GMs Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Fabiano Caruana of Italy, Levon Aronian of Armenia, Anish Giri of the Netherlands, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland, Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan, Ding Liren of China, Baadur Jobava of Georgia, Vasil Ivanchuk of Ukraine, Hou Yifan of China, Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands and Ivan Saric of Croatia.