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🏆 World Open (2009)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Samuel Shankland, Evgeny Najer, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Leonid Yudasin, Vladimir Potkin, Timur Gareyev, Ray Robson, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Yury Markovich Shulman, Daniel Naroditsky, Alexander Shabalov, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest, Nick de Firmian, Aleksandr Lenderman, Robert Lee Hess, John Fedorowicz, Victor Markovich Mikhalevski, Eric Hansen, Joel Benjamin, Julio Becerra Rivero, Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin, Jiri Stocek, Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Alexander Yevgenyevich Stripunsky, Eugene Perelshteyn, Dimitri Borisovich Gurevich, Michael Rohde, Alonso Zapata, Joshua E Friedel, Vinay Bhat, Jacek Stopa, Mesgen Amanov, Marc Tyler Arnold, Leonid Gerzhoy, Mackenzie Molner, Jesse Kraai, Robert Andrew Hungaski, Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Bryan G Smith, Bindi Cheng, Tegshsuren Enkhbat, Shiyam Thavandiran, Marc Esserman, Raja Panjwani, Luke Harmon-Vellotti, Joseph M Bradford, Yurij Lapshun, Daniel Rensch, Kassa Korley, Jay R Bonin, Michael Lee, Thomas J Bartell, Teddy Coleman, Parker Bi Guang Zhao, Jonathan Tayar, Kazim Gulamali, Seth Homa, Ali Morshedi, Daniel A Yeager, Elliott Liu, Boris Privman, Dov Gorman, Victor Kaminski, Alisa Melekhina, Richard Tuhrim, Steve Greanias, David Yu Peng, Vincent Heinis, Jerome B Hanken, William Hook, Aniruddha M Deshpande, John Vaughan, Steven A Owen, Devin Hughes, Leonardo Campiz Jimenez, Sam Sloan, A Freix, Sean McLoren, Dennis Gittrich Chess Event Description
World Open (2009)

The 37th installment of the event took place at Philadelphia during their Independence Day week's (July 1st-5th) celebrations. Evgeny Najer and Hikaru Nakamura emerged victorious.

Previous: World Open (2008) (36th installment).

Next: 38th World Open (2010)

References: (1)

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 158  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bhat vs Potkin ½-½302009World OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. J Stopa vs S Greanias 1-0212009World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
3. J Stocek vs M Amanov  0-1242009World OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Smirin vs B Cheng  ½-½232009World OpenB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. S Shankland vs J Hanken 1-0172009World OpenB06 Robatsch
6. Shabalov vs A Melekhina 1-0292009World OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. D Y Peng vs Joel Benjamin  0-1282009World OpenE15 Queen's Indian
8. D Naroditsky vs R Hess  ½-½532009World OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
9. E Liu vs Y Shulman  0-1602009World OpenC18 French, Winawer
10. S Homa vs Kudrin ½-½312009World OpenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. A Freix vs D Rensch 0-1472009World OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. Robson vs S Owen 1-0392009World OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
13. L Gerzhoy vs Bareev  ½-½352009World OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. Bradford vs G Kacheishvili 0-1642009World OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. D Gittrich vs Smirin  0-1262009World OpenE83 King's Indian, Samisch
16. J Stopa vs T Gareyev  ½-½512009World OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
17. E Perelshteyn vs J Bonin 1-0502009World OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. V M Mikhalevski vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-0412009World OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. J Hanken vs S Homa 0-1352009World OpenA15 English
20. D B Gurevich vs R Hess  ½-½482009World OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. E Hansen vs Bradford  1-0512009World OpenE12 Queen's Indian
22. G Kacheishvili vs Robson  1-0342009World OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. Potkin vs L Gerzhoy  0-1522009World OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. J Kraai vs T Bartell  1-0322009World OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
25. P Zhao vs J Stocek  ½-½602009World OpenB50 Sicilian
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Jul-04-09  brucejavier: 2ndddd
Jul-04-09  MaxxLange: Shabalov got crushed by Kamsky's London System, wow
Jul-04-09  MaxxLange: [Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia"]
[Date "2009.07.04"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Kamsky, Gata"]
[Black "Shabalov, Alexander"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "2799"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackELO "2624"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 O-O 5.h3 c5 6.c3 d6 7.Be2 Nc6 8.dxc5 d5 9.Nbd2 a5 10.a4 Nd7 11.Nb3 Ndb8 12.Nbd4 e5 13.Nxc6 Nxc6 14.Bh2 Be6 15.Bb5 f6 16.Rb1 Qc8 17.b4 Rd8 18.O-O Bf5 19.Rb2 axb4 20.cxb4 d4 21.Bxc6 Qxc6 22.exd4 Be4 23.b5 Qd5 24.Re1 Bf8 25.c6 bxc6 26.b6 Bxf3 27.Qxf3 Qxf3 28.gxf3 Rxd4 29.f4 exf4 30.b7 Rb8 31.a5 Ra4 32.a6 g5 33.Rb6 1-0

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Jul-04-09  laskersteinitz: Hess just sacked a knight against Ivanov. Ivanov has 10 minutes for 20 moves, while Hess has 82.
Jul-04-09  laskersteinitz: Ivanov-Hess

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 a6
4.Ba4 d6
5.O-O Bd7
6.c3 Nge7
7.d4 Ng6
8.Re1 Be7
9.Nbd2 h6
10.Nf1 Bg5
11.Nxg5 hxg5
12.d5 Nb8
13.Bxd7 Nxd7
14.g3 Qf6
15.c4 O-O-O
16.b4 Nf4
17.gxf4 exf4
18.e5 Nxe5
19.Bb2 f3
20.Bxe5 dxe5

Jul-04-09  timhortons: as relayed by

[Event "World Open 2009"]
[Site "Philadelphia, PA USA"]
[Date "2009.07.05"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Najer, Evgeniy"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "2663"]
[BlackElo "2710"]
[PlyCount "34"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bd7 5. Nf3 Bc6 6. Bd3 Nd7 7. O-O Bxe4 8. Bxe4 c6 9. c4 Ngf6 10. Bc2 Qc7 11. Qe2 O-O-O 12. Rb1 h6 13. b4 g5 14. Rb3 g4 15. Nd2 h5 16. c5 Nd5 17. Ne4 Nb8 *

Najer,E - Nakamura,H, World Open 2009 2009

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1. (0.84): 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Bxe7 Nxe7 20.Nd6+ Rxd6 21.cxd6 Qxd6 22.Rd1 Rd8 23.b5 Nd5 2. (0.73): 18.b5 Be7 19.Ra3 b6 20.Bd2 h4 21.Rb1 h3 22.g3 Rhg8 23.Ba4 3. (0.62): 18.f3 Bg7 19.Rd1 Rhg8 20.b5 cxb5 21.Qxb5 gxf3 22.Rxf3 Nc6

Jul-04-09  kapivarov: Hum... Naka has an unconfortable position. Again, a bad opening. Tactics can't help now. I bet Najer or, with Naka's at his best, a very difficult draw.
Jul-04-09  unsound: And yet Naka at move 40 appears to be winning, despite the fact that he was an exchange for a pawn down out of the opening with nothing very obvious to show for it.
Jul-04-09  kapivarov: And Naka won!!! Lection I learned today: never doubt this guy's resources!!
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  Bobsterman3000: can someone please post pgn of Naka's win?
Jul-05-09  laskersteinitz: [Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia"]
[Date "2009.07.04"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Najer, Evgeny"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "2714"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackELO "2773"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.O-O Bxe4 8.Bxe4 c6 9.c4 Ngf6 10.Bc2 Qc7 11.Qe2 O-O-O 12.Rb1 h6 13.b4 g5 14.Rb3 g4 15.Nd2 h5 16.c5 Nd5 17.Ne4 Nb8 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Bxe7 Nxe7 20.Nd6 Rxd6 21.cxd6 Qxd6 22.Rd1 a6 23.a4 b5 24.h4 Nd5 25.axb5 axb5 26.Be4 Nf4 27.Qc2 f5 28.Bd3 Kb7 29.Bf1 Na6 30.Qd2 Nd5 31.Re1 f4 32.Re5 Naxb4 33.Qe1 Rh6 34.Rg5 Kb6 35.Qb1 g3 36.fxg3 fxg3 37.Re5 Rf6 38.Rxg3 Rf4 39.Qd1 Nf6 40.Qe1 Ng4 41.Rxg4 Qxd4 42.Kh2 hxg4 43.Rxe6 g3 44.Kxg3 Rxh4 45.Qe5 Qg4 46.Kf2 Qf4 47.Qxf4 Rxf4 48.Ke2 Nc2 49.Rg6 b4 50.g3 Rxf1 51.Kxf1 b3 52.Rg8 Kc5 53.Rb8 Nb4 54.Rd8 b2 55.Rd1 Kc4 0-1

Jul-05-09  laskersteinitz: Nakamura is done. He requested 2 half-point byes for rounds 8 and 9.
Jul-05-09  laskersteinitz: Official website:
Jul-05-09  laskersteinitz: Nakamura is off to Spain:
Jul-05-09  whiskeyrebel: Wow, 7/9 at the World open by playing 5 G-45's, just 2 classic games and claiming 2 half point byes for the last 2 rounds in advance planning on having the points to climb on a jet to Spain and let them mail him his money. He created his own "2 day" schedule. "Ladies and gentlemen, Hikaru has left the building".
Jul-05-09  notyetagm: <whiskeyrebel: Wow, 7/9 at the World open by playing 5 G-45's, just 2 classic games and claiming 2 half point byes for the last 2 rounds in advance planning on having the points to climb on a jet to Spain and let them mail him his money. <<<He created his own "2 day" schedule.>>> "Ladies and gentlemen, Hikaru has left the building".>

Nakamura's 2(!)-day World Open Schedule: I love it!

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  ganso: I wonder how the other GM participants feel about Naka's departure... Like leaving the table as soon as you've finished eating.
Jul-05-09  timhortons: naka could end up winning the 3rd or 4th position...He then win few thousand of dollars here:)

Naka play for the money:)

Jul-05-09  MaxxLange: looks like Naka will get at worst a share of 2nd, actually. There's only one other player with 6 points going into the last 2 rounds, GM Victor Mikhalevski. He takes first with 1.5 from the last 2 games. The guys with 5 points can tie for 2nd by winning out.
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  ganso: Mikhalevski looks to be losing in Rd 8, which means that Naka will do no worse than tie for 1st.
Jul-05-09  dx9293: Mikhalevski has lost to Smirin.
Jul-05-09  unsound: Nakamura even had a realistic shot at clear first, needing draws on the top 3 boards in the last round (or 2 draws and Stocket beating Mikhalevski). But right now it looks like Najer, at least, is beating Ehlvest with the black pieces. Pretty impressive if Najer repeats as champion.
Jul-07-09  frogbert: ok, nakamura only played two rated games, but does anyone know how many "classical" games (to be rated) kamsky played?

i'm not too impressed with the info provided by the organizer regarding the top players and which schedules they played...

Jul-08-09  Don Cossacks: Slavic domination again?!
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