However, this is not a big surprise. Hikaru Nakamura entered the tournament with a rating of 2313 and the second highest rated player in the tournament was only rated 1830.
Epishin is rated number 32 in the world on the new FIDE rating list.
I guess the organizers of the two events did not realize that there would be a conflict between the New York Open and the National Elementary Championship.
At the New York Open, the mother of Hikaru Nakamura told me that she does not bother to read the chess politics stuff.
For this reason, she could not have known that the National Elementary Championship has been embroiled in the biggest political dispute in all of chess for the past two years.
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