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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, Ilia Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Varuzhan Akobian, Daniel Fridman, Kamil Miton, Yury Shulman, Alexander Shabalov, Jaan Ehlvest, Ildar Ibragimov, Nick de Firmian, Robert Hess, John Fedorowicz, Victor Mikhalevski, Alexander Goldin, Joel Benjamin, Julio Becerra Rivero, Igor Novikov, Pavel Blatny, Sergey Kudrin, Alexander Huzman, Alexander Ivanov, Vitali Golod, Jiri Stocek, Gennadi Zaichik, Alexander Stripunsky, Walter Browne, Dmitry Gurevich, Michael Rohde, Ziaur Rahman, Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, Abhijit Kunte, Joshua E Friedel, Borislav Ivkov, Dimitri Tyomkin, Jake Kleiman, Marc Tyler Arnold, Anna Zatonskih, Miron N Sher, Enrico Sevillano, Jesse Kraai, Pascal Charbonneau, Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Renier Gonzalez, Arthur Bisguier, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Bryan G Smith, Lev Milman, Daniel Fernandez, Eli Vovsha, Salvijus Bercys, Dean Ippolito, Tegshsuren Enkhbat, John Bartholomew, Angelo Young, Yury Lapshun, Justin Sarkar, Keaton F Kiewra, Yaacov Norowitz, Jay Bonin, Nikolai Andrianov, Dmitry Zilberstein, David E Vigorito, Blas Lugo, Rusudan Goletiani, Larry Kaufman, Emory Tate, Edward Formanek, Teddy Coleman, Nelson Gamboa, Mark Ginsburg, Dmitry Kedyk, Igor Schneider, Mladen Vucic, Parker Bi Guang Zhao, Ilye Figler, Stephen Muhammad, Andrew Karklins, Kazim Gulamali, Walter Shipman, Renard W Anderson, Mikhail 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, Boris Privman, Andrew Boekhoff, Rodion Rubenchik, Nelson Castaneda, Samson Benen, Bruce Leverett, Joseph Fang, Aleksandar Kralevski 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. Shabalov vs V Akobian 0-141200432nd World OpenC02 French, Advance
2. J Becerra Rivero vs M Sana 1-036200432nd World OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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. F L Carroll vs Onischuk 0-141200432nd World OpenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. E Najer vs W Shipman 1-042200432nd World OpenC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Y Norowitz vs A Ivanov 0-125200432nd World OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Shulman vs L Au  1-041200432nd World OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. O Chernin vs Mikhalevski  0-124200432nd World OpenA16 English
11. Blatny vs J A Le Bon  1-048200432nd World OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
12. A Savage vs Z Rahman  0-150200432nd World OpenB07 Pirc
13. Browne vs S Samimi  1-030200432nd World OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
14. J Kraai vs S Owen  1-030200432nd World OpenB01 Scandinavian
15. D Ippolito vs D Mayers  1-029200432nd World OpenE12 Queen's Indian
16. T Brookshear vs M Hoekstra  0-131200432nd World OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E Formanek vs J E Amador  1-050200432nd World OpenB40 Sicilian
18. B Privman vs B Coraretti  1-029200432nd World OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. E Knesevitch vs D Martin Tarrio 0-121200432nd World OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. Onischuk vs J Kraai  1-028200432nd World OpenA10 English
21. N Andrianov vs E Najer ½-½60200432nd World OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
22. A Ivanov vs J Dean 1-036200432nd World OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. M Hoekstra vs Shulman  0-140200432nd World OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Mikhalevski vs E Formanek 1-037200432nd World OpenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
25. Z Rahman vs B Privman  1-063200432nd World OpenA04 Reti Opening
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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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