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🏆 36th World Open (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Sam Shankland, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Najer, Vadim Milov, Ilia Smirin, Alex Yermolinsky, Artur Yusupov, Varuzhan Akobian, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Parimarjan Negi, Zviad Izoria, Yury Shulman, Daniel Naroditsky, Alexander Shabalov, Leonid Yudasin, Jaan Ehlvest, Aleksandr Lenderman, Sergey Erenburg, Robert Hess, John Fedorowicz, Victor Mikhalevski, Eric Hansen, Lubomir Ftacnik, Julio Becerra Rivero, Sergey Kudrin, Jiri Stocek, Alexander Ivanov, Geetha Narayanan Gopal, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Alexander Stripunsky, Vladimir Georgiev, Eugene Perelshteyn, Nikola Mitkov, Subramanian Arun Prasad, Abhijit Kunte, Joshua E Friedel, Jake Kleiman, Melikset Khachiyan, Marc Tyler Arnold, Marani Rajendran Venkatesh, Michael Mulyar, Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Gabriel Flom (Battaglini), Renier Gonzalez, Kirill Kuderinov, Bryan G Smith, Darwin Yang, Salvijus Bercys, Kantholi Rathnakaran, Bindi Cheng, Daniel Ludwig, Dean Ippolito, Marc Esserman, Rajaram R Laxman, John Bartholomew, Raja Panjwani, Justin Sarkar, David Pruess, Michael Lee, Alan Stein, Thomas J Bartell, Nisha Mohota, Emory Tate, Teddy Coleman, Parker Bi Guang Zhao, Jonathan Tayar, Ghate Swathi, Seth Homa, James M Critelli, Mikhail Zlotnikov, Daniel A Yeager, Brian Fiedler, Robby Adamson, Warren Harper, Boris Privman, Shinsaku Uesugi, Alexander Chua, Jon Jacobs, Alisa Melekhina, Adam S Maltese, Steve Greanias, Michael Thaler, Glenn Bady, Jerry Xiong, Boris Reichstein, Libardo Rueda, Song Yi, Ed Urquhart, Jason Drake, Vincent Heinis, Jerome B Hanken, Mark W Dejmek, Pieter Bierkens, Kimani A Stancil, Robert Akopian, Prashantha N Amarasinghe, Sean K Higgins, Payam Afkham-Ebrahimi, Leif K Karell, Todd J Trower plus 6 more players. Chess Event Description
36th World Open (2008)

The 36th installment of the event returned from Valley Forge to Philadelphia from July 2nd until after the 6th during their Independence Day week's celebrations.

Evgeny Najer, Lubomir Ftacnik, Alexander Moiseenko and Parimarjan Negi emerged victorious.

Previous: World Open (2007)

Next: World Open (2009)

References: (1)

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 210  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shulman vs D A Yeager ½-½53200836th World OpenE15 Queen's Indian
2. J Stocek vs B Cheng  ½-½47200836th World OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. R Adamson vs Mikhalevski  ½-½44200836th World OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
4. Shabalov vs Shankland 0-135200836th World OpenB50 Sicilian
5. R Panjwani vs E Perelshteyn  0-150200836th World OpenC11 French
6. Stripunsky vs J Critelli  ½-½42200836th World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Milov vs M Arnold 0-141200836th World OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
8. J Tayar vs G N Gopal 0-149200836th World OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. M Zlotnikov vs J Becerra Rivero  0-141200836th World OpenA15 English
10. A Ivanov vs W Harper  1-041200836th World OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Khachiyan vs J Jacobs  1-032200836th World OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
12. A Melekhina vs R Gonzalez  ½-½36200836th World OpenB01 Scandinavian
13. J Friedel vs S Uesugi ½-½28200836th World OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. R Hess vs B Privman 1-043200836th World OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
15. S Homa vs D Ippolito  ½-½68200836th World OpenC42 Petrov Defense
16. J Bartholomew vs S Greanias  1-026200836th World OpenA35 English, Symmetrical
17. A Almeida vs D Yang  ½-½34200836th World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. G Swathi vs E Hansen  1-053200836th World OpenC16 French, Winawer
19. J Xiong vs J Sarkar 0-142200836th World OpenB33 Sicilian
20. E Urquhart vs J Hanken 1-024200836th World OpenB06 Robatsch
21. Ganguly vs Khachiyan 1-049200836th World OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
22. A Moiseenko vs R Hess  ½-½45200836th World OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
23. J Sarkar vs A Ivanov  0-139200836th World OpenE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
24. E Perelshteyn vs J Bartholomew  0-129200836th World OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
25. D A Yeager vs Stripunsky 1-036200836th World OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-08-08  PhilFeeley: Another first place decided by an Armageddon playoff. What did we do before this? Share first prize? Match playoff? I can't remember!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <PhilFeeley: Another first place decided by an Armageddon playoff. What did we do before this? Share first prize? Match playoff? I can't remember!>

Cash prizes are still shared equally between or among players with equal scores. The playoff just determines who gets the trophy.

Jul-08-08  Bob726: The winner of the tournment (Nager) gets an extra $400
Jul-08-08  Whack8888: It is actually a pretty good system for tiebreaks -- you get a single winner, but that win is largely symbolic, apart from the 400 dollars. I highly doubt the tiebreaks interferes with the actual tournament, and at the same time, someone gets to go home and say I won the World Open.
Jul-08-08  DarthStapler: I played in this, the U1400 section. I got 16th place.
Jul-08-08  PhilFeeley: Did anyone else here play? <DarthStapler> Any impressions of the event you'd like to share?
Jul-08-08  DarthStapler: It was pretty crowded. The hotel was nice, but I stayed in another hotel a few blocks away, since the reservations were full. The elevators were really annoying and crowded. I saw many of the GMs playing. I liked the lecture by John Fedorowicz, he has a great sense of humor. The games were very difficult, pretty much everyone in the U1400 section was severely underrated (including myself). I lost the critical last round game, but I realized I could have drawn if I had played differently.
Jul-08-08  zoat22: its amazing, and kind of sad that Yaacov Norowitz was not able to win the under 2200 section...
Jul-08-08  Hector Maluy: Where can I get more information about the world open?
Jul-08-08  Knight to f6: Where was this tournament and why weren't the games posted here until two days after its ending?
Jul-08-08  zanshin: <Knight to f6> <CG> said they had trouble getting clean pgns of the tournament. I'm not sure there's an official website for the 2008 tournament. All I could find was the monroi version:

Jul-08-08  zoat22: gives the results and final standings for the tuornament...
Jul-08-08  Whack8888: I played in the U2000 section -- i got 4.5 out of 9 which I felt pretty good about. I am about 1870 rated right now, and I think I am maybe slightly overrated, though on a good day I may in fact be underrated. I sometimes play pretty brilliantly (not to tout my horn, but it does happen every so often) but tend to get in lots of bad positions. I am pretty good at defending though, and I think this is why my rating is as high as it is. I get 'lucky' because I am tenacious, but chess wise I am probably more around a flat 1800 or maybe 1820 or so level. Most of this tournament, I had no idea what was going on in the game. That said, at the World Open almost everybody is 'underrated' because for 1, everybody plays as hard as the can because so much money is on the line, and for 2, people tend to study a lot and not do too many tournaments to get ready for the World Open, so you have maybe a month or two of intensive study that is not accounted for in the person 's rating.

This for me was a really fun World Open though, last years in valley forge kind of blew. Everybody seemed pretty cool and the focus on chess (as opposed to winning money) was pretty high.

I didnt see any of the top GMs play, but I believe GM Shulman held a door for me on the last day. Hehe, I havent seen him before, but it looked awfully similar to his picture.

I did the 7-day schedule, too bad they dont have a 14-day schedule so you can do a game every other day, I was real tired from maybe round 5 onward.

The first World Open I played in was two years ago, and that was maybe more fun but also that was my first tournament ever, so I was blown away at how fun tournament chess was. This was probably one of the tournaments I have had the most fun at in maybe a year or longer, though I liked playing in the Carlisle Open this year too.

This was a stronger Open section then usual, wasnt it? Thanks to the Indian players for coming, as it helped US chess immensely to play against these strong international players. I hope they enjoyed themselves.

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  Bobsterman3000: Wait, so why didn't Naka play here?

Jul-11-08  madlydeeply: I played in the world open and took home 20,000 $s. HA I WISH!! Next year though gdamnit lousy genius kids....

Jul-13-08  ibringit: I will probably play next year. this year I just played in the skittles room (non tourney room). I always got there too early or too late for tourney play. besides that I have a lot more bookwork to do. overall though it was a great experience and to boot it was in my backyard.
Jul-18-08  chessamateur: I was going to play in the U1800 but felt to sick to play. My friend did play in the U1200 and won 1st so the trip wasn't a complete disaster.

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