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🏆 40th World Open (2012)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Wesley So, Sam Shankland, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Ivan Sokolov, Ilia Smirin, Ray Robson, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Sergei Azarov, Abhijeet Gupta, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Evgeny Romanov, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Yury Shulman, Alexander Shabalov, Aleksandr Lenderman, Sergey Erenburg, Robert Hess, Marin Bosiocic, Tamaz Gelashvili, Joel Benjamin, Atanas Kolev, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Alexander Stripunsky, Alojzije Jankovic, Alonso Zapata, Nikola Mitkov, Tsegmed Batchuluun, Alexander A Evdokimov, Joshua E Friedel, Jake Kleiman, Liu Qingnan, Mesgen Amanov, Gildardo Garcia, Marc Tyler Arnold, Deepan Chakkravarthy J, Mackenzie Molner, Mikheil Kekelidze, Robert Andrew Hungaski, Marani Rajendran Venkatesh, Michael Mulyar, Gabriel Flom (Battaglini), Vladimir Romanenko, Ronald Burnett, P Shyam Nikil, Salvijus Bercys, Daniel Ludwig, Gregory P Shahade, John Daniel Bryant, Luke Harmon-Vellotti, Justin Sarkar, Yaacov Norowitz, Kassa Korley, Tania Sachdev, Atulya A Shetty, Michael H Bodek, Eesha Karavade, Thomas J Bartell, Michael Kleinman, Teddy Coleman, Erik F Santarius, Robert M Perez, Joshua Colas, Kazim Gulamali, Justus D Williams, Seth Homa, Mikhail Zlotnikov, Anna Sharevich, Robby Adamson, Mauricio Arias Santana, Nelson Castaneda, Andrew Nathaniel Shvartsman, Richard Tuhrim, Jared E Defibaugh, Jonathan Chiang, Alexander B King, Michael Thaler, 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
40th 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 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Arias Santana vs Iturrizaga Bonelli  0-156201240th World OpenA15 English
2. K Korley vs A Gupta  0-128201240th World OpenD85 Grunfeld
3. S J Barrett vs M Arnold 0-160201240th World OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. M Thaler vs S P Sethuraman  0-168201240th World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
5. N Leve vs D Ludwig  0-130201240th World OpenB53 Sicilian
6. Hess vs Deepan Chakkravarthy J  0-129201240th World OpenD80 Grunfeld
7. Liu Qingnan vs S Azarov  0-140201240th World OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. M Thaler vs J Sarkar  0-138201240th World OpenB10 Caro-Kann
9. Flom (Battaglini) vs S P Sethuraman  0-134201240th World OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. J Sarkar vs Stripunsky  0-139201240th World OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Benjamin vs Flom (Battaglini) 0-147201240th World OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
12. G Garcia vs M Bosiocic  0-148201240th World OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. J Sarkar vs G Kacheishvili  0-152201240th World OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. V Ni vs V S Gujrathi  0-140201240th World OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. J D Williams vs Smirin  0-128201240th World OpenA04 Reti Opening
16. Liu Qingnan vs L Harmon-Vellotti  0-1100201240th World OpenC00 French Defense
17. J Kleiman vs Robson  0-156201240th World OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. R Hungaski vs M Arnold  0-146201240th World OpenA22 English
19. E Romanov vs M Kekelidze  0-159201240th World OpenA10 English
20. T Sachdev vs Shulman 0-135201240th World OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. S Bercys vs J D Williams 0-138201240th World OpenE15 Queen's Indian
22. M Bodek vs Liu Qingnan  0-146201240th World OpenB06 Robatsch
23. T Coleman vs P Shyam Nikil  0-124201240th World OpenE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. L Harmon-Vellotti vs Shabalov  0-155201240th World OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. A Zapata vs A Gupta  0-139201240th World OpenB89 Sicilian
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  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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