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🏆 Foxwoods Open (2009)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Hikaru Nakamura, Samuel Shankland, Loek van Wely, Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky, Ray Robson, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Yury Markovich Shulman, Alexander Shabalov, Darmen Sadvakasov, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest, Aleksandr Lenderman, Robert Lee Hess, Julio Becerra Rivero, Jorge E Sammour-Hasbun, Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov, Eugene Perelshteyn, Joshua E Friedel, Jacek Stopa, Pascal Charbonneau, Steven Zierk, Bryan G Smith, Darwin Yang, Dean Ippolito, Tegshsuren Enkhbat, Marc Esserman, Justin Sarkar, Jay R Bonin, Michael Lee, Miles Ardaman, David E Vigorito, Roman Sapozhnikov, Atulya A Shetty, Farai Mandizha, Emory Tate, Teddy Coleman, Toshiyuki Moriuchi, Erik F Santarius, Igor Schneider, Paul MacIntyre, Parker Bi Guang Zhao, Ilye Figler, Andrew Karklins, Ali Morshedi, Mikhail Davidovich Zlotnikov, Deepak Aaron, Alec S Getz, Eric O Rodriguez, Louie Jiang, Boris Privman, Nikita Kraiouchkine, Eugene Yanayt, Shinsaku Uesugi, Andrew Nathaniel Shvartsman, Alexander Betaneli, Michael Dougherty, Iryna Zenyuk, Oladapo Oluto Adu, Macon A Shibut, Alisa Melekhina, Leif Pressman, Norman Rogers, Matt J Parry, Jonathan L Hilton, Andres Santalla, Oscar L Tan, Michael Thaler, Gregory Markzon, Lorand Bela Kis, Christopher Williams, Glenn Bady, Sunil Weeramantry, Dereque D Kelley, Jarod Pamatmat, Sergey Yefimovich Vertkin, Denis Strenzwilk, Liulia Maria Cardona Oramas, Ryan Joseph Moon, Daniel Lowinger, Steven J Pozarek, Evan Rosenberg, Vadim Kudryavtsev, Okechukwu A Iwu, Paul Szuper, Jerome B Hanken, Ashish Vaja, Ben Gershenov, Harry Wheeler, Troy Daly, Lawyer Times, Harold Stenzel, Prashantha N Amarasinghe, John Vaughan, Mike W Mason, Mike Lucente, Timothy M Moroney, Henry C Sobo, Kenneth Odeh, Natasha Christiansen, Jonathan West plus 5 more players.

 page 2 of 8; games 26-50 of 179  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. S Shankland vs Lenderman 1-0482009Foxwoods OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
27. B McNiece vs L B Kis  0-1382009Foxwoods OpenE92 King's Indian
28. Buddy Thompson vs A Getz  0-1352009Foxwoods OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
29. S Uesugi vs O Iwu  1-0392009Foxwoods OpenA04 Reti Opening
30. F Mandizha vs D Strenzwilk  ½-½712009Foxwoods OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
31. A Vaja vs E Tate 1-0372009Foxwoods OpenC16 French, Winawer
32. Yermolinsky vs Van Wely  ½-½142009Foxwoods OpenA06 Reti Opening
33. J Stopa vs J Becerra Rivero  ½-½302009Foxwoods OpenC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
34. H Stenzel vs D Ippolito  0-1672009Foxwoods OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
35. Y Shulman vs J Friedel  1-0312009Foxwoods OpenE15 Queen's Indian
36. M Shibut vs J Sammour-Hasbun  ½-½572009Foxwoods OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
37. S Zierk vs Robson 0-1312009Foxwoods OpenB89 Sicilian
38. P Zhao vs Yermolinsky 0-1422009Foxwoods OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
39. D E Vigorito vs S J Pozarek  1-0402009Foxwoods OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
40. N Kraiouchkine vs C Williams  1-0522009Foxwoods OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
41. R Hess vs K Odeh 1-0482009Foxwoods OpenB10 Caro-Kann
42. O Iwu vs J Casassa  1-0202009Foxwoods OpenA04 Reti Opening
43. D Ippolito vs V Kudryavtsev  1-0262009Foxwoods OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
44. J Friedel vs T Coleman 1-0362009Foxwoods OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
45. T Enkhbat vs Nakamura 0-1302009Foxwoods OpenB06 Robatsch
46. M Dougherty vs J West  1-0302009Foxwoods OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
47. N Christiansen vs O Tan  0-1342009Foxwoods OpenC00 French Defense
48. O Adu vs Sadvakasov  0-1332009Foxwoods OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
49. J Becerra Rivero vs M Lee 1-0362009Foxwoods OpenB32 Sicilian
50. Lenderman vs F Mandizha  1-0222009Foxwoods OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
 page 2 of 8; games 26-50 of 179  PGN Download
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Apr-11-09
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  PhilFeeley: Markzon escaped from an even tougher spot with a similar draw:

[Event "Foxwoods Open"]
[Site "Mashantucket, CT"]
[Date "2009.04.11"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Markzon, Gregory"]
[Black "Robson, Ray"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteELO "2277"]
[WhiteTitle "FM"]
[BlackELO "2542"]
[BlackTitle "IM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qb3 Nbd7 8.g3 b4 9.Na4 c5 10.Bg2 Bb7 11.Nxc5 Nxc5 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Be3 Bxe3 14.Qxe3 O-O 15.O-O Nd5 16.Qe5 Qb6 17.Rfd1 Rac8+ 18.Rd4 Rc5 19.Rg4 f6 20.Qd4 e5 21.Qd2 f5 22.Rh4 Qf6 23.a3 bxa3 24.Ra4 e4 25.Nd4 f4 26.R4xa3 fxg3 27.Rxg3 Qxf2 28.Kh1 Nf4 29.Qb4 Rh5 30.Qc3 e3 31.Rxg7 Kxg7 32.Nf5 Kg6 33.Qg7 Kxf5 34.Qxf8 Ke6 35.Qe8 Kf6 36.Qf8 Ke6 37.Qe8 1/2-1/2

Apr-12-09  timhortons: did shulman win?
Apr-12-09
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  amadeus: Sadvakasov seems to be winning against Lenderman. I think there will be an Armageddon tiebreak after that.

50+ hours of classical chess in 5 days, and they are going to decide the title in a Armageddon game. Go figure...

Apr-12-09  17.Bxg7: Besides that ridiculous playoff (why they didn't use tiebreak criteria, after all, Shulman beat Sadvakasov in their game during the tournament) ... I didn't understood the score in the game of Van Wely vs Sammour Hasbun.

I was following in the official site and it showed White (Van Wely) was very short on time (less than one minute), white Black has a lot of time instead (almost an hour). Besides, the final position is slightly better for white, but not winning (at least in a clear way), so ... why it appeared than Van Wely won the game?

Were the clocks right? Did suddenly Sammour said to Van Wely: "I don't want to make you lose rating points, so lets imagine you won"? Or did suddenly Van Wely announced "this is theoretically won, there is a forced mate in 187 moves"? :)

I will be grateful if someone present in the open can clarify that situation.

Apr-13-09
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  PhilFeeley: Anybody know why Nakamura withdrew?
Apr-13-09  dumbgai: Ah yes, American chess - where everyone who loses the first round simply withdraws thus killing their opponent's tiebreak score. Or re-enters. *yawn*
Apr-13-09  blacksburg: armageddon games are stupid. they should arm-wrestle instead, less dumb luck involved.
Apr-13-09  timhortons: shulman and sadvakasov draw in the playoff.

now what?armageddon?

Apr-13-09  MaxxLange: Mig's site says that Hess achieved his third GM norm and is the USA's newest GM
Apr-13-09
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  parmetd: This armegeddon game is even more stupid because Shulman beat Sadvakasov in their individual game. This should be the first tiebreak before any blitz/armegeddon garabage is considered.
Apr-13-09
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  Eyal: <shulman and sadvakasov draw in the playoff.

now what?armageddon?>

That <was> the armageddon. Shulman chose White and didn't manage to win, so Sadvakasov won the tie-break (see http://www.foxwoodsopen.com/).

Apr-13-09
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  parmetd: dumbgai since tiebreak scores aren't ever used in armerican swisses no one cares if your former opponents leave or reenter. If you knew anything about American chess at all you would know this.

Also he didn't withdraw in round1 he and about 30 other players withdrew in round 7 and 8 (which makes no sense cause many of them were still up for prizes and norms).

Apr-13-09  MaxxLange: <he and about 30 other players withdrew in round 7 and 8>

possibly a consequence of holding the event on Easter weekend, which seems like a bad time to me.

Apr-13-09  blacksburg: so sadvakasov wins even though shulman beat him in their actual <chess> game? this is so dumb. who comes up with these rules?

everyone hates armageddon games. i've never heard anyone say <armageddon games are a GREAT way to decide long time control tournaments>. why the $%^# do they still have them? who makes these rules??? it's so dumb!!!

Apr-13-09
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  parmetd: agreed blacksburg!
Apr-13-09
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  Eyal: The idea of an armageddon game is rather standard nowadays in tie-break playoffs - but only as a "last resort", after a series of rapid and/or blitz games has ended in a draw (e.g., in the World Cup, in the recent European championship, as well as in the rules of the last 2 WC matches). But in Foxwoods, if I understand correctly, the whole tie-break "playoff" consists of just a single blitz game - that really doesn't seem like a good idea.
Apr-13-09
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  paulalbert: A couple comments on recent posts.
Foxwoods is always over Good Friday/ Easter so withdrwals for top players usually have to do with their standings and their likelihood of being in prize money, not religious sensitivity. I'm guessing that Nakamura after a long, tiring,(but unsuccessful ) attempt to win R+N vs. R in Round 7 probably calculated that winning two straight games and then likely sharing some money with 6 to 8 others wasn't worth the effort, but I have no way of knowing. I'm not sure whether the playoff affects the money take or just the right to be called Foxwoods winner. Armageddon games leave a lot to be desired, but just like penalty kicks in footbal, at least it's decided by the players on the field; still better than a coin flip or arm wrestling. Paul Albert
Apr-13-09  blacksburg: nevertheless, i vote for arm wrestling.
Apr-13-09  dumbgai: <parmetd> Since I live in the US, I pretty much only play American Swiss events and I've seen this happen quite a lot. Although I guess nobody really cares since it doesn't seem to affect prize money.
Apr-13-09  Phoenix: I'm OK with armageddon in tournaments like this. Normally, it is only played to decide a couple of hundred bucks. It's in national championships and world championships that I have a problem with it.
Apr-13-09  timhortons: GM sadvakasov is the winner!
Apr-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  amadeus: <blacksburg: nevertheless, i vote for arm wrestling>

Dice? User: Yury Shulman

Apr-13-09
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  parmetd: Actually Shulman is. The USCF just doesn't know that. They also still don't understand the concept of Cochamps. But whatever, at least they aren't as bad as fide... YET.
Apr-13-09  MaxxLange: The Continental Chess Association runs Foxwoods. As much as I would like to blame the USCF, they don't decide how CCA chooses a tiebreak system.
Apr-13-09
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  parmetd: the owner of CCA is also the President of USCF.
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