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1) Jaan Ehlvest wins 31st World Open on tiebreak 2) Philip Wang victorious in 2003 Sacramento Chess Championship 3) Andranik Maikozian wins Pacific Southwest Open 4) David Pruess dominates in Montreal 5) Nicolas Yap leads Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 6) 4th MI Chess Camp starts next Monday 7) Upcoming Events
1) Jaan Ehlvest wins 31st World Open on tiebreak
The world's biggest open tournament ended in a multiple tie for first place this past Sunday, as ten titled players shared the spoils at the 31st World Open held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Philadelphia. GMs Jaan Ehlvest (Estonia), Ilya Smirin, Alexander Onischuk (USA), Leonid Yudasin (Israel), Alexander Goldin (USA), Alex Shabalov (USA), Alex Wojtkiewicz (USA), Gennadi Zaitshik (USA), GM Babakuli Annakov (Turkmenistan) and IM Nazar Firman (Ukraine) all scored 7/9 from to take home $2,250. Jaan Ehlvest won the special playoff for the title of World Open Champion and an additional $500 by beating GM Smirin in a blitz playoff.
MI GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky was the top Bay Area scorer, sharing 11th place with 6.5. MI Chess Director John Donaldson had 5.5 while NM Shivkumar Shivaji finished on 5 and NM John Langreck of Sacramento had 4, including draws with GMs Zaichik and Kiriakov. MI Tuesday Night Marathon regular Arthur Dembling had 4.5 in the Under 1800.
With a total entry of 1462 spread over eight different tournaments, organizer Bill Goichberg came within just 144 of breaking the world-record set during the 1986 event. The World Open also acted as a main qualifying event for the 2004 US Championship, and the top two places on tiebreak ahead of five others who finished on 6/9 went to IM Yury Lapshun and FM Matthew Hoekstra. 19-year-old Irina Zenyuk of New York took the women's spot. A list of those who made norms had not yet been posted but it appears that Igor Tsyganov of Chicago made his first IM norm, scoring an undefeated 5-4 against a strong field.
M Ginsburg - L Yudasin
V Mikhaleviski - G Kafka
There were many side events held during the World Open and GM Alex Wojtkiewicz won most of them. One of the few to escape his grasp was the Masters and Future Masters event that was won by IM Rashid Ziatdinov of Florida.
Final Standings: 1 IM R Ziatdinov (USA) 4/5; 2-3 GM J Ehlvest (Estonia), GM D Sadvakasov (Kazakhstan) 3.5; 4-5 GM A Wojtkiewicz (USA), M Fouts (USA) 3; 6-7 GM P Blatny (Czech Rep) , IM N Firman (Ukraine) 2.5; 8-9 G Geyler (USA), B Gershenov (USA) 1; 10 F Caruana (USA) 0.
2) Philip Wang victorous in 2003 Sacramento Chess Championship
NM Phillip Wang of Stanford won the 2003 Sacramento Class Championship held over the July 4-6 weekend, scoring 5 from 6 in the top section. His only loss was to second place finisher Nicolas Yap who had 4.5 points. Yap in turn lost only to Alex Setzepfandt who shared third place at 4-2 with NM Zoran Lazetich. A total of 88 players competed in the three section event. Crosstables are available at http://webs.lanset.com/jmclmc/weekend_events/2003scc.htm
3) Andranik Maikozian wins Pacific Southwest Open
IM Andranik Matikozian won the annual Pacofic Southwest Open held July 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza hotel at LAX with a score of 5.5 from 6. Tying for second at 5 in the 87 player open section were SM Levon Altounian, NM Eduardo Ortiz and Experts Takashi Kurosaki and Elliott Lum. MI juniors Matthew Ho and Monthy Peckham had 4 points. Ho had a particularly good event with wins over IM Tim Taylor and 2300 rated Rico Salimbagat. A total of 161 players competed in the two section event.
4) David Pruess dominates in Montreal
Recent Berkeley graduate David Pruess dominated in a Category 3 (2304 FIDE) event held in Montreal in late June and early July, scoring 8 1/2 from 9! This result easily fulfilled the requirements for David's first IM norm and he is gunning for number two in the Quebec Open which starts this coming Saturday. Good luck! David will be teaching a one week class from August 18-22 in Berkeley. Interested parties can contract him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The crosstable for David's victory in Montreal can be found at http://www.chesstalk.com/viewer/ciq2003resultats.htm
5) Nicolas Yap leads Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
Nicolas Yap defeated Anthony Rozenvasser in round seven of the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon to maintain his lead with 6.5 from 7 with a round to go.
6) MI and other Bay Area Chess Camps
The MI is hosting a camp for intermediate players starting next Monday and running though Friday (July 14-18). All ages are welcome. The instructors are GM Alex Yermolinsky, IM John Donaldson and MI Scolastic Director Anthony Corrales. For more information go to http://www.chessclub.org/Children.html .
7) Upcoming Events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Full details at www.chessclub.org
Charles Bagby: July 19
2003 Chess Camp for Intermediate Players
US OPEN AUGUST 3-15
LAX Radisson 6225 W. Century Blvd. · Los Angeles, CA 90045 · (310) 670-9000 $89 Chess Rate - Lowest in years!
A USCF National Championship
A Heritage Event!
If mailed by 7/26 or paid by phone, fax or online with credit card by 7/30.
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