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🏆 32nd World Open (2004)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeny Najer, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman, Kamil Miton, Yury Markovich Shulman, Alexander Shabalov, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest, Ildar Rifkatovich Ibragimov, Nick de Firmian, Robert Lee Hess, John Fedorowicz, Victor Markovich Mikhalevski, Alexander Vladilenovich Goldin, Joel Benjamin, Igor Aleksandrovich Novikov, Julio Becerra Rivero, Pavel Blatny, Alexander Huzman, Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin, Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov, Vitali Matveyevich Golod, Jiri Stocek, Gennadi Lvovich Zaichik, Alexander Yevgenyevich Stripunsky, Walter Shawn Browne, Dimitri Borisovich Gurevich, Michael Rohde, Ziaur Rahman, Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, Abhijit Kunte, Joshua E Friedel, Dimitri Markovich Tyomkin, Jake Kleiman, Marc Tyler Arnold, Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih, Enrico M Sevillano, Jesse Kraai, Borislav Ivkov, Pascal Charbonneau, Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Renier Gonzalez, Arthur Bisguier, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Bryan G Smith, Miron N Sher, Lev Milman, Daniel Fernandez, Eli Vovsha, Salvijus Bercys, Dean Ippolito, Tegshsuren Enkhbat, Angelo Young, John Bartholomew, Yurij Lapshun, Justin Sarkar, Keaton F Kiewra, Yaacov Norowitz, Jay R Bonin, Nikolai Ivanovich Andrianov, Dmitry Zilberstein, David E Vigorito, Blas Lugo, Rusudan Goletiani, Larry Kaufman, Emory Tate, Edward W Formanek, Teddy Coleman, Nelson Gamboa, Mark Ginsburg, Dmitry Kedyk, Igor Schneider, Mladen Vucic, Parker Bi Guang Zhao, Stephen Muhammad, Ilye Figler, Andrew Karklins, Kazim Gulamali, Renard W Anderson, Walter Shipman, Mikhail Davidovich Zlotnikov, Igor M Tsyganov, Matthew Hoekstra, Tian Tian, Robby Adamson, Anton Paolo C del Mundo, Carl Brandon Boor, Daniel E Shapiro, Daniel Tapia, David Filipovich, Andrew Boekhoff, Rodion Rubenchik, Boris Privman, Nelson Castaneda, Samson Benen, Bruce W Leverett, Joseph Fang, Aleksandar Stamnov plus 64 more players. Chess Event Description
32nd World Open (2004)

The 32nd installment of the event was held at Philadelphia during the week of June 27th until the 5th of July when Varuzhan Akobian emerged victorious(1) in the main open section.

Previous: World Open: Open Section (2003) (31st installment).

References: (1)

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 219  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Becerra Rivero vs M Sana 1-036200432nd World OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Shabalov vs Akobian 0-141200432nd World OpenC02 French, Advance
3. Ehlvest vs T Coleman 1-041200432nd World OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
4. M Thaler vs R Furdzik  ½-½25200432nd World OpenE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
5. T Coleman vs E Caicedo 1-026200432nd World OpenA20 English
6. E Najer vs W Shipman 1-042200432nd World OpenC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. F L Carroll vs Onischuk 0-141200432nd World OpenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. E Knesevitch vs D Martin Tarrio 0-121200432nd World OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. B Privman vs B Coraretti  1-029200432nd World OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. E Formanek vs J E Amador  1-050200432nd World OpenB40 Sicilian
11. T Brookshear vs M Hoekstra  0-131200432nd World OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. D Ippolito vs D Mayers  1-029200432nd World OpenE12 Queen's Indian
13. J Kraai vs S Owen  1-030200432nd World OpenB01 Scandinavian
14. Browne vs S Samimi  1-030200432nd World OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
15. A Savage vs Z Rahman  0-150200432nd World OpenB07 Pirc
16. Blatny vs J A Le Bon  1-048200432nd World OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
17. O Chernin vs V M Mikhalevski  0-124200432nd World OpenA16 English
18. Y Shulman vs L Au  1-041200432nd World OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Y Norowitz vs Alexander V Ivanov 0-125200432nd World OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. L Au vs T Brookshear  1-069200432nd World OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. D Mayers vs O Chernin 0-149200432nd World OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. B Coraretti vs A Savage  0-194200432nd World OpenC01 French, Exchange
23. S Samimi vs E Knesevitch 1-035200432nd World OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
24. W Shipman vs C Stapczynski  1-041200432nd World OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Y Norowitz vs J Mielke 1-050200432nd World OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-05-04  iron maiden: Results, games and general info can be found at
Jul-05-04  ruylopez900:, you are just carrying the top division correct? I do believe there is a U1800 and a U1600 section as well, but I would understand if you didn't put those in the database.
Jul-05-04  stormflyer: <ruylopez900> There are actually sections for Unrated, and every 200-point group from U1200 all the way to U2200, then there is the Open section. All of these games are from the Open.
Jul-05-04  dac1990: I would've gone into the U1400 if I lived a bit closer to Philadelphia. But since I don't, I'm stuck in Rochester.
Jul-05-04  ruylopez900: <stormflyer> Thanks. <dac1990> I know, some of my friends went to Philly by van from here in the Great White North :P
Jul-05-04  zer0: The worldopen site says on its homepage "Currently there are xxx games transcribed." Pity the pictures aren't xxx :-D
Jul-06-04  ruylopez900: <zer0> do you really want xxx pictures of chess players??? :o
Jul-06-04  iron maiden: "After nine grueling rounds, GM-elect Varuzhan Akobian has bested the field at the 32nd Annual World Open! He scored 7.5 out of 9 and finished one-half point ahead of the field. Chasing him were nine Grandmasters who finished with 7 points: Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeny Najer, Jaan Ehlvest, Ilya Smirin, Jiri Stocek, Igor Novikov, Alexander Ivanov, Alexander Onischuk, and Abhijit Kunte."

(From the World Open site)

Jul-07-04  Dionyseus: "do you really want xxx pictures of chess players??? :o "

I wouldn't mind some from Stefanova: Antoaneta Stefanova

Jul-07-04  acirce: I hope that's a joke.
Jul-07-04  suenteus po 147: <acirce: I hope that's a joke.> If Dionyseus actually lives up to his namesake he may not be.
Premium Chessgames Member
  jaime gallegos: what a comment ! sometimes it happens even in ( about xxx pictures ... )
Jul-08-04  ruylopez900: <From the Site>
After nine grueling rounds, GM-elect Varuzhan Akobian has bested the field at the 32nd Annual World Open!  He scored 7.5 out of 9 and finished one-half point ahead of the field.  Chasing him were nine Grandmasters who finished with 7 points:  Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeny Najer, Jaan Ehlvest, Ilya Smirin, Jiri Stocek, Igor Novikov, Alexander Ivanov, Alexander Oniscuk, and Abhijit Kunte. Four IM norms were made by FM John Bartholomew, Salvijus Bercys, FM Dmitry Zilberstein and Dmitro Kedyk.  This year's competition was built upon 1208 participants and 89  re-entries! 
Jul-08-04  iron maiden: I just pasted most of that.
Jul-09-04  MICHAEL COOLCAT: dac is that in maryland
Jul-09-04  Fulkrum: The World Open was a lot of fun. I am a bit disappointed that the open section was in a different room than the other sections. While at these tournaments I find enjoyable to get up from my on occasion and check out one of the top boards. Especially if I've already made time control and the GM's are blitzing to move 40. This is a bit more difficult at the WO as opposed to say Foxwoods. Anyway, I highly recommend the trip to the World Open, Foxwoods, The Bell or any of these other big tournaments even if you are living far far away (i.e. Rochester).
Jul-09-04  iron maiden: <Fulkrum> I take it you participated. What section were you in?
Jul-14-04  strahman: they should change the format. One should be like premier another just the regular.
Jul-16-04  Fulkrum: I played in the U1600. I fantasized that I would win it all and get one of those oversized checks (just like Happy Gilmore collects), a trophy and my name on the front page....alas I went 1-4-1. I've had better tournaments.
Aug-01-04  shr0pshire: <> would it be possible to get the last 100 or so games from the world open on this site? The updated the amount of games on their site, so now there is 310.


Sep-23-04  Cerebrate2006: I was in the U1600 (yes i know this post is really late)...i only managed +5-3=1. coming from last year where i got second in the u1400 section...this was a disapointment
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