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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, Luke Harmon-Vellotti, Raja Panjwani, 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, John Vaughan, Aniruddha M Deshpande, 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 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Robson vs S Owen 1-0392009World OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
2. Shabalov vs A Melekhina 1-0292009World OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. S Shankland vs J Hanken 1-0172009World OpenB06 Robatsch
4. J Stopa vs S Greanias 1-0212009World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
5. G Kacheishvili vs Robson  1-0342009World OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. E Hansen vs Bradford  1-0512009World OpenE12 Queen's Indian
7. J Stocek vs D Gittrich  1-0342009World OpenA90 Dutch
8. J Kraai vs T Bartell  1-0322009World OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
9. E Perelshteyn vs J Bonin 1-0502009World OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. V M Mikhalevski vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-0412009World OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Robson vs V Bhat 1-0422009World OpenC18 French, Winawer
12. Potkin vs J Vaughan  1-0442009World OpenA58 Benko Gambit
13. A Ramirez Alvarez vs V Heinis 1-0192009World OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
14. R Hess vs S Homa  1-0802009World OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. E Najer vs de Firmian 1-0312009World OpenB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
16. J Kraai vs D A Yeager  1-0422009World OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. A M Deshpande vs J Vaughan  1-0512009World OpenE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
18. R Hungaski vs S Sloan  1-0372009World OpenA90 Dutch
19. D Rensch vs L Harmon-Vellotti  1-0552009World OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. de Firmian vs D Rensch 1-0302009World OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Joel Benjamin vs M Arnold 1-0232009World OpenE12 Queen's Indian
22. T Gareyev vs Stripunsky 1-0242009World OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. R Hess vs Lapshun  1-0382009World OpenB40 Sicilian
24. A Zapata vs G Kacheishvili  1-0472009World OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. S Homa vs J Tayar  1-0442009World OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
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  laskersteinitz: Official website:
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  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:)

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  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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  kurtrichards: Najer won his final game against Ehlvest and tied Nakamura for first place. OK. But what is the final result? What is the final standing?
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  MaxxLange: Najer was declared the World Open winner, because Naka was not there for a playoff. He gets the title and bonus money, but splits the main prize money (1st + 2nd/2)
Jul-08-09  dx9293: <frogbert> Kamsky played the 5-Day Schedule, so all of his games should be rated.

7-Day Schedule: all games 40/2, SD/1.

5-Day Schedule: all games 40/2, SD/1.

4-Day Schedule: 2 games G/75, 5 games 40/2, SD/1.

3-Day Schedule: 5 games G/45, 4 games 40/2, SD/1.

Jul-08-09  dx9293: [EDIT] 4-Day Schedule: 2 games G/75, 7 games 40/2, SD/1.
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  kurtrichards: Thanks a lot <MaxxLange> but am interested in the final standing of 1st to 15th place.
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  MaxxLange: <kurtrichards> oh, I misunderstood. the official site at has a link to the results on the front page. I can't seem to link directly to the results page.
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  kurtrichards: I found it now <MaxxLange>. Thanks for the link. There are thousands of cg subscribers here but you alone bothered to respond to my question. Thanks again and may your tribe increase.
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  zanshin: Under 2200 division, User: fusilli tied 3rd-8th (7.0/9.0) (source:
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  MaxxLange: <kurtrichards> no problem!

this World Open talk page has not been getting much attention from members, for some reason, even when the tourney was going on. I'm sure someone eventually would have answered you today if I hadn't, though

congratulations to <fusilli>! 7 out of 9 is very hard to score at the World Open, in any section.

I thought about going, but I am in a "save your money, you fool" place in my life right now, and I'm choosing to play in regional tournaments this summer instead. Next year, I'm there, it has been too long.

Jul-12-09  Manic: <laskersteinitz: Nakamura is done. He requested 2 half-point byes for rounds 8 and 9.>

<timhortons: naka could end up winning the 3rd or 4th position...He then win few thousand of dollars here:) Naka play for the money:)>

In a tournament I played in, I was not allowed to have a half point bye in the 6th round of a 7 round tourney because of the possibility I may win prize money. I think it should be the same here and Naka should have to forfeit these two games. It is unfair that he forgoes the risk of losing two games while still having the chance to win the money.

In my case it was only a few hundred dollars but in this case it is in the thousands!

Jul-12-09  zoren: it is fair complaint
Jul-15-09  CanteurX: Let's not panic.
Evidently Nakamura requested the two bies before the tournament began. He needed to arrive in San Sebastian, Spain in time
for the Donostia Chess Festival.
Jul-16-09  Manic: That still doesn't mean he should get those byes. It is likely there would be a lot of people willing to take two draws so they don't have to play those games and are able to get a guaranteed point. Nakamura doesn't even have to EARN those two half-points by drawing to two GMs he just gets the points. He should at least be declared ineligle for prize money.
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