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🏆 World Open (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Samuel Shankland, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Najer, Vadim Markovich Milov, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky, Leonid Yudasin, Artur Yusupov, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Parimarjan Negi, Zviad Izoria, Yury Markovich Shulman, Daniel Naroditsky, Alexander Shabalov, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest, Sergey Erenburg, Aleksandr Lenderman, Robert Lee Hess, John Fedorowicz, Victor Markovich Mikhalevski, Eric Hansen, Lubomir Ftacnik, Julio Becerra Rivero, Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin, Jiri Stocek, Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov, Geetha Narayanan Gopal, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Alexander Yevgenyevich Stripunsky, Vladimir Georgiev, Eugene Perelshteyn, Nikola Mitkov, Subramanian Arun Prasad, Abhijit Kunte, Joshua E Friedel, Jake Kleiman, Melikset Zavenovich Khachiyan, Marc Tyler Arnold, Marani Rajendran Venkatesh, Michael Mulyar, Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Gabriel Battaglini, Renier Gonzalez, Kirill Kuderinov, Bryan G Smith, Darwin Yang, Salvijus Bercys, Kantholi Rathnakaran, Bindi Cheng, Daniel Ludwig, Dean Ippolito, Rajaram R Laxman, Marc Esserman, John Bartholomew, Raja Panjwani, Justin Sarkar, David Pruess, Michael Lee, Alan Stein, Thomas J Bartell, Nisha Mohota, Emory Tate, Teddy Coleman, Parker Bi Guang Zhao, Jonathan Tayar, Ghate Swathi, Seth Homa, James M Critelli, Mikhail Davidovich Zlotnikov, Daniel A Yeager, Robby Adamson, Warren Harper, Boris Privman, Shinsaku Uesugi, Alexander J Chua, Jon Jacobs, Alisa Melekhina, Adam S Maltese, Steve Greanias, Michael Thaler, Glenn Bady, Jerry Xiong, Boris Reichstein, Libardo Rueda, Eddie Urquhart, Jason Drake, Vincent Heinis, Jerome B Hanken, Mark W Dejmek, Pieter Bierkens, Kimani A Stancil, Robert Akopian, Prashantha N Amarasinghe, Sean K Higgins, Payam Afkham Ebrahimi, Leif K Karell, Todd J Trower, Jennifer T Acon, A Almeida, Anthony Crawley, Alex Guziak, Christian Chavez, Bill Zebrowski Chess Event Description
World Open (2008)

The 36th installment of the event returned from Valley Forge to Philadelphia from July 2nd until after the 6th during their Independence Day week's celebrations.

Evgeny Najer, Lubomir Ftacnik, Alexander Moiseenko and Parimarjan Negi emerged victorious.

Previous: World Open (2007)

Next: World Open (2009)

References: (1)

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 209  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Shulman vs D A Yeager ½-½532008World OpenE15 Queen's Indian
2. J Friedel vs S Uesugi ½-½282008World OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. R Hess vs B Privman 1-0432008World OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
4. S Homa vs D Ippolito  ½-½682008World OpenC42 Petrov Defense
5. J Bartholomew vs S Greanias  1-0262008World OpenA35 English, Symmetrical
6. A Almeida vs D Yang  ½-½342008World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. G Swathi vs E Hansen  1-0532008World OpenC16 French, Winawer
8. J Xiong vs J Sarkar 0-1422008World OpenB33 Sicilian
9. E Urquhart vs J Hanken 1-0242008World OpenB06 Robatsch
10. A Melekhina vs R Gonzalez  ½-½362008World OpenB01 Scandinavian
11. Khachiyan vs J Jacobs  1-0322008World OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Alexander V Ivanov vs W Harper  1-0412008World OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. J Stocek vs B Cheng  ½-½472008World OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. R Adamson vs V M Mikhalevski  ½-½442008World OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Shabalov vs S Shankland 0-1352008World OpenB50 Sicilian
16. R Panjwani vs E Perelshteyn  0-1502008World OpenC11 French
17. Stripunsky vs J Critelli  ½-½422008World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
18. V Milov vs M Arnold 0-1412008World OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
19. J Tayar vs G N Gopal 0-1492008World OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. M D Zlotnikov vs J Becerra Rivero  0-1412008World OpenA15 English
21. R Adamson vs E Hansen 0-1492008World OpenC16 French, Winawer
22. D Ludwig vs P Bierkens 1-0312008World OpenB32 Sicilian
23. S Homa vs J Sarkar  0-1552008World OpenB33 Sicilian
24. Stripunsky vs R Akopian  1-0372008World OpenB07 Pirc
25. M Esserman vs E Perelshteyn 1-0722008World OpenB27 Sicilian
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  PhilFeeley: Another first place decided by an Armageddon playoff. What did we do before this? Share first prize? Match playoff? I can't remember!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <PhilFeeley: Another first place decided by an Armageddon playoff. What did we do before this? Share first prize? Match playoff? I can't remember!>

Cash prizes are still shared equally between or among players with equal scores. The playoff just determines who gets the trophy.

Jul-08-08  Bob726: The winner of the tournment (Nager) gets an extra $400
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  Whack8888: It is actually a pretty good system for tiebreaks -- you get a single winner, but that win is largely symbolic, apart from the 400 dollars. I highly doubt the tiebreaks interferes with the actual tournament, and at the same time, someone gets to go home and say I won the World Open.
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  DarthStapler: I played in this, the U1400 section. I got 16th place.
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  PhilFeeley: Did anyone else here play? <DarthStapler> Any impressions of the event you'd like to share?
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  DarthStapler: It was pretty crowded. The hotel was nice, but I stayed in another hotel a few blocks away, since the reservations were full. The elevators were really annoying and crowded. I saw many of the GMs playing. I liked the lecture by John Fedorowicz, he has a great sense of humor. The games were very difficult, pretty much everyone in the U1400 section was severely underrated (including myself). I lost the critical last round game, but I realized I could have drawn if I had played differently.
Jul-08-08  zoat22: its amazing, and kind of sad that Yaacov Norowitz was not able to win the under 2200 section...
Jul-08-08  Hector Maluy: Where can I get more information about the world open?
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  Knight to f6: Where was this tournament and why weren't the games posted here until two days after its ending?
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  zanshin: <Knight to f6> <CG> said they had trouble getting clean pgns of the tournament. I'm not sure there's an official website for the 2008 tournament. All I could find was the monroi version:

Jul-08-08  zoat22: gives the results and final standings for the tuornament...
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  Whack8888: I played in the U2000 section -- i got 4.5 out of 9 which I felt pretty good about. I am about 1870 rated right now, and I think I am maybe slightly overrated, though on a good day I may in fact be underrated. I sometimes play pretty brilliantly (not to tout my horn, but it does happen every so often) but tend to get in lots of bad positions. I am pretty good at defending though, and I think this is why my rating is as high as it is. I get 'lucky' because I am tenacious, but chess wise I am probably more around a flat 1800 or maybe 1820 or so level. Most of this tournament, I had no idea what was going on in the game. That said, at the World Open almost everybody is 'underrated' because for 1, everybody plays as hard as the can because so much money is on the line, and for 2, people tend to study a lot and not do too many tournaments to get ready for the World Open, so you have maybe a month or two of intensive study that is not accounted for in the person 's rating.

This for me was a really fun World Open though, last years in valley forge kind of blew. Everybody seemed pretty cool and the focus on chess (as opposed to winning money) was pretty high.

I didnt see any of the top GMs play, but I believe GM Shulman held a door for me on the last day. Hehe, I havent seen him before, but it looked awfully similar to his picture.

I did the 7-day schedule, too bad they dont have a 14-day schedule so you can do a game every other day, I was real tired from maybe round 5 onward.

The first World Open I played in was two years ago, and that was maybe more fun but also that was my first tournament ever, so I was blown away at how fun tournament chess was. This was probably one of the tournaments I have had the most fun at in maybe a year or longer, though I liked playing in the Carlisle Open this year too.

This was a stronger Open section then usual, wasnt it? Thanks to the Indian players for coming, as it helped US chess immensely to play against these strong international players. I hope they enjoyed themselves.

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  Bobsterman3000: Wait, so why didn't Naka play here?

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  madlydeeply: I played in the world open and took home 20,000 $s. HA I WISH!! Next year though gdamnit lousy genius kids....

Jul-13-08  ibringit: I will probably play next year. this year I just played in the skittles room (non tourney room). I always got there too early or too late for tourney play. besides that I have a lot more bookwork to do. overall though it was a great experience and to boot it was in my backyard.
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  chessamateur: I was going to play in the U1800 but felt to sick to play. My friend did play in the U1200 and won 1st so the trip wasn't a complete disaster.
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