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🏆 37th World Open (2009)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky, Evgeny Bareev, Sam Shankland, Evgeny Najer, Ilia Smirin, Vladimir Potkin, Timur Gareyev, Ray Robson, Varuzhan Akobian, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Yury Shulman, Daniel Naroditsky, Alexander Shabalov, Leonid Yudasin, Jaan Ehlvest, Aleksandr Lenderman, Nick de Firmian, Robert Hess, John Fedorowicz, Victor Mikhalevski, Eric Hansen, Joel Benjamin, Julio Becerra Rivero, Sergey Kudrin, Jiri Stocek, Alexander Ivanov, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Alexander Stripunsky, Eugene Perelshteyn, Dmitry 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, Shiyam Thavandiran, Tegshsuren Enkhbat, Marc Esserman, Raja Panjwani, Luke Harmon-Vellotti, Joseph Bradford, Yury Lapshun, Daniel Rensch, Kassa Korley, Jay Bonin, Michael Lee, Thomas J Bartell, Teddy Coleman, Parker Bi Guang Zhao, Jonathan Tayar, Seth Homa, Kazim Gulamali, 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
37th 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 ½-½30200937th World OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. J Bradford vs G Kacheishvili 0-164200937th World OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
3. L Gerzhoy vs Bareev  ½-½35200937th World OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. Robson vs S Owen 1-039200937th World OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
5. A Freix vs D Rensch 0-147200937th World OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. S Homa vs Kudrin ½-½31200937th World OpenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. E Liu vs Shulman  0-160200937th World OpenC18 French, Winawer
8. Naroditsky vs R Hess  ½-½53200937th World OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
9. D Y Peng vs Benjamin  0-128200937th World OpenE15 Queen's Indian
10. Shabalov vs A Melekhina 1-029200937th World OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
11. Shankland vs J Hanken 1-017200937th World OpenB06 Robatsch
12. Smirin vs B Cheng  ½-½23200937th World OpenB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. J Stocek vs M Amanov  0-124200937th World OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. J Stopa vs S Greanias 1-021200937th World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
15. J Vaughan vs E Najer  0-130200937th World OpenA20 English
16. Benjamin vs M Esserman  ½-½32200937th World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. J Bonin vs Stripunsky  ½-½39200937th World OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. R Hess vs S Homa  1-080200937th World OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. Kamsky vs A Ivanov  ½-½47200937th World OpenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. A Ramirez Alvarez vs V Heinis 1-019200937th World OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
21. D Rensch vs Shabalov 0-155200937th World OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Shulman vs J Stopa 0-143200937th World OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. L Gerzhoy vs J Friedel ½-½12200937th World OpenC49 Four Knights
24. J Kraai vs Bareev 0-147200937th World OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. E Najer vs G Kacheishvili  ½-½53200937th World OpenB10 Caro-Kann
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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?!
Jul-08-09  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?
Jul-08-09  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.
Jul-08-09  kurtrichards: Thanks a lot <MaxxLange> but am interested in the final standing of 1st to 15th place.
Jul-08-09  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.
Jul-08-09  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.
Jul-08-09  zanshin: Under 2200 division, User: fusilli tied 3rd-8th (7.0/9.0) (source:
Jul-08-09  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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