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🏆 World Open (2008) Chess Event Description
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. ... [more]

Player: Michael Lee

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Ippolito vs M Lee  ½-½542008World OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. S Bercys vs M Lee  0-1362008World OpenA59 Benko Gambit
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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
Jul-08-08  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?
Jul-08-08  Knight to f6: Where was this tournament and why weren't the games posted here until two days after its ending?
Jul-08-08  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...
Jul-08-08  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?

Jul-11-08  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.
Jul-18-08  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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