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World Open: Open Section (2003)

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Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Ilya Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Alex Yermolinsky, Leonid Yudasin, Yury Shulman, Alexander Shabalov, Boris Gulko, Darmen Sadvakasov, Ildar Ibragimov, Jaan Ehlvest, John Fedorowicz, Victor Mikhalevski, Alexander Goldin, Joel Benjamin, Igor Novikov, Alexandre Lesiege, Benjamin Finegold, Pavel Blatny, Sergey Kudrin, Alexander Ivanov, Gennadi Zaichik, Petr Kiriakov, Alexander Stripunsky, Sarunas Sulskis, Vladimir Georgiev, Walter Shawn Browne, Dimitri Gurevich, Michael Rohde, Nikola Mitkov, Boris Kreiman, Nazar Firman, Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Anatoly Lein, Joshua E Friedel, Dimitri Tyomkin, Jake Kleiman, Anna Zatonskih, Anthony Saidy, Jesse Kraai, Babakouly Annakov, Harmen Jonkman, Rashid Ziatdinov, Adrian Negulescu, John William Donaldson, Arthur Bisguier, Ronald Burnett, Lev Milman, Eli Vovsha, Emil Anka, Daniel Fernandez, John Bartholomew, Yurij Lapshun, Alexander Mikhalevski, Justin Sarkar, Keaton F Kiewra, Stanislav G Kriventsov, Jay R Bonin, Nikolai Andrianov, David E Vigorito, Andrei Zaremba, Rusudan Goletiani, Bill Paschall, Yoshiharu Habu, Richard Kenneth Delaune Jr, Mark Ginsburg, Paul MacIntyre, Calvin Blocker, Raymond S Kaufman, Bhatia Beenish, William Morrison, Andrew Karklins, Agnieszka Brustman, Renard W Anderson, Luis Chiong Zacarias Romero, Ali Morshedi, Shelby D Getz, Igor M Tsyganov, Matthew Hoekstra, Khaled Sharafuddin, Carl Brandon Boor, Boris Privman, John A Curdo, Nelson Castaneda, Michael Langer, Samson Benen, Eugene Yanayt, Peter J Bereolos, Alexander Betaneli, Zasilow R Pasiuk, Evgeny Gersov, Zakhar Fayvinov, Evan D Ju, Curt D Collyer, Iryna Zenyuk, Giedrius Sulskis, Macon A Shibut, Shivkuma Shivaji, John S Rouleau, Gregg H Small, Xiao Cheng, Norman Rogers, Jairo Carrillo, Matthew Bengtson, Richard Francisco, William J Aramil, Jim H Dean, Alex Cherniack, Eric N Cooke, A J Steigman, Orest Popovych, Matthew Fouts, Lorand Bela Kis, Nick A Adams, Georgios Alexopoulos, Sunil Weeramantry, Abiodun Nelson, William Peterson, John Russell Potter, Omar Rivera, Denis Strenzwilk, David A Zimbeck, Jerry T Wheeler, Jason T Duncan, Clark R Harmon, John Langreck, James L Burden, M Robert Sinn, Stanley W Fink, Jerome B Hanken, Thomas P Magar, Roger Patterson, Ben Gershenov, Christopher Belcher, William B Wright, Andy Reeder, Mark W Dejmek, Peter Chubinsky, Kimani A Stancil, Robert Plunkett, Omowale Nelson, Parker Montgomery, William Hook, Mark Knecht, Graeme Kafka, Paul H Song, Jeff Kelleher, Ruixin Yang plus 14 more players Chess Event Description
World Open: Open Section (2003)

Jaan Ehlvest, Babakouly Annakov, Nazar Firman, Alexander Goldin, Alexander Onischuk, Alexander Shabalov, Ilya Smirin, Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, Leonid Yudasin and Gennadi Zaichik led the leader-board.

Next: 32nd World Open (2004)


 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 167  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Firman vs Wojtkiewicz ½-½35 2003 World Open: Open SectionB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Blatny vs N Firman  0-141 2003 World Open: Open SectionA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. Gennadiy Geyler vs Sadvakasov  0-136 2003 World Open: Open SectionB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
4. B Gershenov vs Furman 0-135 2003 World Open: Open SectionE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. Ruixin Yang vs N Castaneda 1-040 2003 World Open: Open SectionC50 Giuoco Piano
6. R Ziatdinov vs Ehlvest  1-022 2003 World Open: Open SectionC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Caruana vs R Ziatdinov 0-122 2003 World Open: Open SectionC53 Giuoco Piano
8. R Ziatdinov vs Sadvakasov  ½-½45 2003 World Open: Open SectionB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
9. N Castaneda vs E D Ju 1-037 2003 World Open: Open SectionE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. M Fouts vs N Firman 1-027 2003 World Open: Open SectionB07 Pirc
11. N Firman vs R Ziatdinov 0-154 2003 World Open: Open SectionC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Xiao Cheng vs E Anka  0-136 2003 World Open: Open SectionA07 King's Indian Attack
13. K Cottrell vs Popovych 0-114 2003 World Open: Open SectionE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. E D Ju vs S Getz  0-152 2003 World Open: Open SectionB33 Sicilian
15. Gulko vs M Bengtson  1-025 2003 World Open: Open SectionA34 English, Symmetrical
16. S Sulskis vs A Nelson  1-034 2003 World Open: Open SectionA15 English
17. R Patterson vs N Andrianov  0-128 2003 World Open: Open SectionB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
18. J L Burden vs N Firman  0-139 2003 World Open: Open SectionB06 Robatsch
19. V Mikhalevski vs G Kafka  1-027 2003 World Open: Open SectionD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. R K Delaune vs J Donaldson  ½-½41 2003 World Open: Open SectionB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. J Wheeler vs Sadvakasov  0-136 2003 World Open: Open SectionA37 English, Symmetrical
22. Blatny vs C R Harmon 1-047 2003 World Open: Open SectionA02 Bird's Opening
23. Z Fayvinov vs Ehlvest  0-126 2003 World Open: Open SectionA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. W Peterson vs B Finegold 0-171 2003 World Open: Open SectionB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
25. Yermolinsky vs A J Steigman  1-051 2003 World Open: Open SectionA30 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-04-03  Cerebrate2006: I actually played in this tournament, in the u1400 section...won 2k bucks at it in a 3 way tie for was my first big tournament since im stuck in VA where we have very very small tournaments. Cant wait till next year.
Sep-04-03  Dustin J.: Where was he tournament at? And I, uh need a loan.
Sep-04-03  AgentRgent: <Cerebrate2006> Congrats! +6=3-0 is very impressive!
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  refutor: you won $2000 in the U1400 section?! where do i sign up ;)
Sep-04-03  Sylvester: Great job Cerebrate2006! Who won the open section?
Sep-04-03  AgentRgent: It was a 10-way tie @ 7/9 between:
Sep-05-03  Sylvester: I hardly know any of these guys.
Sep-05-03  Cerebrate2006: it was in philidelphia (i know i spelled that wrong)
Sep-05-03  sleepkid: 10 way tie. . . silly. We really need to have tournaments with more rounds.
Sep-10-03  Cerebrate2006: oh but 9 rounds was plenty for the players... i was a walking zombie till school started 2 months later...couldnt even look at a chess board till i had to
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Scotland's Graeme Kafka wore a t-shirt with the words - "Today is not your day. Tomorrow's not looking good either."

Lucky for him he was not thrown out of the tournament :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: An archived view of the tournament, care of FIDE's rating tables, can be found here:

Top 3 at 7/9

< 14000032 Annakov, Babakuli TKM g 2339 7.0 9 4.3

4500016 Ehlvest, Jaan EST g 2495 7.0 9 13.3

14104490 Firman, Nazar UKR m 2349 7.0 9 6.1>

Here's a noteworthy entrant:

< 2020009 Caruana, Fabiano USA f 2187 1.0 4 -13.2>

How times have changed.

Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: OK, we can completely fix up this tournament since the USCF style Swiss xtab can still be found:

<CG> should strive to archive this kind of information. Wouldn't that be swell if it did?

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