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World Open (2012)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Wesley So, Ivan Sokolov, Ilya Smirin, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Ray Robson, Samuel Shankland, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Abhijeet Gupta, Sergei Azarov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Evgeny Romanov, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Yury Shulman, Alexander Shabalov, Sergey Erenburg, Aleksandr Lenderman, Robert Lee Hess, Tamaz Gelashvili, Joel Benjamin, Marin Bosiocic, Atanas Kolev, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Alexander Stripunsky, Alojzije Jankovic, Alonso Zapata, Nikola Mitkov, Alexander Evdokimov, Joshua E Friedel, Jake Kleiman, Mesgen Amanov, Marc Tyler Arnold, Gildardo Garcia, Tsegmed Batchuluun, Mackenzie Molner, Mikheil Kekelidze, Liu Qingnan, Deepan Chakkravarthy J, Marani Rajendran Venkatesh, Michael Mulyar, Robert Andrew Hungaski, Vladimir Romanenko, Ronald Burnett, P Shyam Nikil, Salvijus Bercys, Daniel Ludwig, Gregory Shahade, John Daniel Bryant, Gabriel Battaglini, Justin Sarkar, Luke Harmon-Vellotti, Yaacov Norowitz, Tania Sachdev, Kassa Korley, Michael H Bodek, Atulya A Shetty, Eesha Karavade, Thomas J Bartell, Teddy Coleman, Joshua Colas, Justus D Williams, Kazim Gulamali, Seth Homa, Robert M Perez, Anna Sharevich, Mikhail Zlotnikov, Robby Adamson, Erik F Santarius, Mauricio Arias Santana, Nelson Castaneda, Michael Kleinman, Andrew Nathaniel Shvartsman, Richard Tuhrim, Jared E Defibaugh, Jonathan Chiang, Michael Thaler, Alexander B King, Viktorija Ni, Manuel Llopis de Aysa, Nadya Karolina Ortiz, Alex M Fikiet, Stephen J Barrett, James A Black, Nitai Leve, Sarah Chiang, Jeffrey Plew, Sam Sloan, Matt D Helfst Chess Event Description
World Open (2012)

This year, the event was held at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, starting throughout their July Independence Day's traditional annual celebrations. Ivan Sokolov and Alexander Shabalov both scored 7/9, with the former having the better tie-breaker score used here. Wesley So, Aleksandr Lenderman, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Ray Robson, Yury Shulman, Alexander Evdokimov and Marc Tyler Arnold all finished with 6.5/9, and each of the above took home a (USD) prize > $1000 for their efforts.

Previous: 39th World Open (2011) (39th edition) Next: 41st Annual World Open (2013) (41st edition).

Further reading: (1) (tournament advertisement)
(2) (leader-board archive of various sections)

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 176  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Sokolov vs Lenderman 1-070 2012 World OpenE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
2. M Llopis de Aysa vs N K Ortiz  1-047 2012 World OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. N Castaneda vs M Helfst 1-024 2012 World OpenE07 Catalan, Closed
4. S Erenburg vs S Shankland  ½-½25 2012 World OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. M Arias Santana vs E Iturrizaga  0-156 2012 World OpenA15 English
6. M Molner vs Joshua Colas  1-033 2012 World OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. M Thaler vs S P Sethuraman  0-168 2012 World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
8. N Leve vs D Ludwig  0-130 2012 World OpenB53 Sicilian
9. J D Williams vs Liu Qingnan  ½-½49 2012 World OpenA04 Reti Opening
10. S J Barrett vs M Arnold  0-160 2012 World OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Shabalov vs A Fikiet 1-034 2012 World OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
12. L Harmon-Vellotti vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-049 2012 World OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
13. Y Shulman vs R Tuhrim  1-037 2012 World OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. T Gelashvili vs S Homa 1-030 2012 World OpenB20 Sicilian
15. M Kleinman vs G Kacheishvili  ½-½53 2012 World OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
16. E Romanov vs E Santarius  1-030 2012 World OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. K Korley vs A Gupta  0-128 2012 World OpenD85 Grunfeld
18. J Friedel vs J Bryant  ½-½50 2012 World OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
19. G Battaglini vs S P Sethuraman  0-134 2012 World OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. R Hungaski vs A Evdokimov  ½-½56 2012 World OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Stripunsky vs D Ludwig  ½-½82 2012 World OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. M Bosiocic vs V Romanenko  1-090 2012 World OpenE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
23. D Ludwig vs J Plew  1-032 2012 World OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. T Batchuluun vs J D Williams  1-030 2012 World OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. G Kacheishvili vs R M Perez  1-022 2012 World OpenD97 Grunfeld, Russian
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 176  PGN Download
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Jul-21-12  voratco: <tolengoy: <In a match between them now, So in all probability will have no difficulty in beating Carlsen.>

I truly believe so without any iota of doubt.>

I agree.

It will be a blockbuster match, a better watch than Pacquiao-Hatton for sure. I will pay the required fee to see it in pay per view no matter how I will come up with the money, if chessbomb will carry it PPV live, I am sure, their servers will crash, it would take months to fix it.

Jul-21-12  JoergWalter: <voratco> ok, how to set up such a blockbuster match? I'll support it to whatever is within my budget.
Jul-21-12  voratco: Let us see if someone can scout some fat cats from Norway that has enough resources and smart enough to see when to cash in their investments.
Jul-21-12  JoergWalter: How about Meralco, PLDT, Lucio Tan or the Marco's family? Can you find out about their interest? They are no cheapskates when it comes to chess.
Jul-21-12  voratco: I don't think they can afford it. The Philippines is a doomed archipelago, remember?
Jul-21-12  JoergWalter: The richest folks I have met were filipinos. It is just chicken feed for them. Peanuts. A night of play at the baccarat table in Baguio.
Jul-21-12  voratco: I am not aware of any rich people here. All I know is we all live in cardboard boxes.
Jul-21-12  JoergWalter: come on <voratco> that is an obvious understatement from your side. Reminds of what Bert Bacsal told me that outsiders thought his house was in a tree.
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  tpstar: <HAPERSAUD> I assure you, these exchanges are fairly tame compared to what could be found elsewhere. =)

The Curse of VeryDumbSuperRetardedSisterMoron predicted that two of Wesley's alleged supporters would try to turn the entire chess world against him, so that he received no further tournament invitations and thus completing a dastardly self-fulfilling prophecy. Don't take them seriously.

Jul-21-12  voratco: <JoergWalter: come on <voratco> that is an obvious understatement from your side. Reminds of what Bert Bacsal told me that outsiders thought his house was in a tree.>

The truth and nothing but the truth, I am not quite sure I know what you are talking about. We earn a mere 5 dollars a day, so seriously, I don't know what to say.

Maybe I will study to become a quack doctor so I may be able to sponsor a chess tournament one day.

Jul-21-12  JoergWalter: <voratco> I was talking about the rich people to sponsor the event. Don't tell me they these guys spent their last money for a ticket and have left.
Jul-21-12  frogbert: la-la la-la la. trying hard to match the level of discourse, but i'm not sure i'm up to it no matter how hard i try...
Jul-21-12  voratco: <JoergWalter: <voratco> I was talking about the rich people to sponsor the event. Don't tell me they these guys spent their last money for a ticket and have left.>

Oh, them? I am not sure if they are willing to invest money on chess at all. Nobody has come forward to support Gm Wesley So obtain a coach. I think they are in for a bigger ROI. I think it is hopeless to find a sponsor here in the Phil.

Jul-21-12  JoergWalter: <voratco> just out of curiosity, would things be different if Campomanes would still be around?
Jul-21-12  voratco: Maybe or maybe not. I have no way of knowing it.

Do you ever go to sleep? LOL.

Jul-21-12  rogge: Copycatting LOLs is prettty lame =)
Jul-21-12  Bureaucrat: <frogbert: la-la la-la la. trying hard to match the level of discourse, but i'm not sure i'm up to it no matter how hard i try...>

You can do it! Just forget about reason and knowledge.

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  perfidious: Reason and knowledge haven't got a hope against blind stupidity and partisanship. The only way home with these two is to pull the plug.

To answer <Joerg>'s question, Campomanes would be lining his pockets-same dog, only washed. FIDE started going down the low road when Campomanes took the reins, and Ilyumzhinov has merely followed his predecessor's path.

Jul-21-12  voratco: Fast release switch double edged swords are in the groove. LOL =)

It's too convenient.

Jul-21-12  voratco: Freakin horoscope, I thought that would only for yesterday. =)

I am doomed.

Jul-21-12  Bureaucrat: <perfidious: Reason and knowledge haven't got a hope against blind stupidity and partisanship. The only way home with these two is to pull the plug.>

True. However, these two geniuses have at their command an advanced kind of stupidity that can be kind of entertaining. Time to call it a day, though.

Jul-21-12  AndrinoGiardino: Sigh. These is embarrassing for poor Wez. Go So!! The ICC blitz champion!
Jul-21-12  voratco: Whatever happened to timhortons, he followed the ICC for the longest time. He is expert on the subject. I hope he shows up someday.
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  HAPERSAUD: <tpstar> I don't kibitz that much anymore, one gets tired of listening to idiots banter, if there is a way to disable kibitz on my members page I'd love to find it :)
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  chancho: A list of the richest people in the Philippines:

The first 15 are billionaires.

A talent like Wesley So should be getting donations from these folks.

They wont even feel the expense.

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