Ivan Sokolov Wins 2012 World Open

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/9/12, 8:30 AM.


The 40th Annual World Open took place at the Sheraton City Center Hotel in Philadelphia from 2-8 July 2012. 

The main event was a 9 round Open Swiss which was won by Ivan Sokolov in an exciting Armageddon playoff with Alexander Shabalov after both finished with a score of 7 points.

The tournament provided GM and IM norm opportunities: IM Mark Arnold achieved his final GM norm, and IM Eesha Karavade and FM John Bryant also picked up GM norms.

IM norms were achieved by FM Michael Kleinman, FM Thomas Bartell, Yaacov Norowitz and Luke Harmon-Vellotti.

The top finishers are below.  The full standings can be found here.

Name  Rtg  Pts
1 GM Ivan Sokolov  2676 7.0
2 GM Alexander Shabalov  2534 7.0
3 GM Wesley So  2650 6.5
4 GM Aleksander Lenderman  2613 6.5
5 GM Giorgi Kacheishvili  2605 6.5
6 GM Ray Robson  2601 6.5
7 GM Yury Shulman  2588 6.5
8 GM Alexander Evdokimov  2544 6.5
9 IM Marc Tyler Arnold  2529 6.5
10 GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli  2628 6.0
11 GM Abhijeet Gupta  2627 6.0
12 GM Sergey Erenburg  2624 6.0
13 GM Sam Shankland  2579 6.0
14 GM Marin Bosiocic  2570 6.0
15 GM Alexander Stripunsky  2553 6.0
16 GM Mikheil Kekelidze  2494 6.0
17 IM Mackenzie Molner  2479 6.0
18 FM John Daniel Bryant  2377 6.0
19 IM Eesha Karavade  2343 6.0


The 2012 World Open Champion: Ivan Sokolov

Ivan Sokolov 3 slight crop.jpg

UPDATE: CHESS SCOOP video highlights!

There were also eight other 9 round Swiss competitions for different rating levels: Under 2400, Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Under 1200 and Under 900.  All the games, results and more information can be found at the official website.


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  • 4 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Very good performance by Sokolov. A big impact game was So-Shabalov in round 8. Shabalov was completely lost, but So missed winning lines several times and settled for a draw later on in an unclear position. Had So won, he would have likely tied for 1st-2nd, a difference of over 11k.

  • 4 years ago


    RuralRob, are you kidding? In 6 games against all GMs Sokolov scored 5/6 with 4 wins and 2 draws. None of his opponents finished below 14 in the standings. 

    Shabalov, who finished second (after playoff) had wins against players who finished 45, 55, and 65 -- two unititled players and an IM -- and a draw against an FM.

    The performance of players as you go down the list are also of course no match for what Sokolov accomplished.

  • 4 years ago


    You cannot blame Soko for his opponent not showing up to play Rd 1. Whom he would have crushed anyway.

  • 4 years ago


    Yes. He is looking out at the vast universe of chess ideas! 

  • 4 years ago


    @RuralRob, but look at that epic photo of him )

  • 4 years ago


    Lenderman, Robson, Shankland and Arnold are fast rising young stars. 

  • 4 years ago


    @ RurualRob - yes, I noticed that too.  Not to take anything away from Sokolov of course, but I find the split 5/7 day format of the World Open hard to understand.

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