Ten-way Tie at World Open

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  • on 7/8/13, 11:19 AM.

The 41st World Open ended in an unusually large tie for first place. After nine rounds of fighting chess during the 4th of July weekend, a group of ten grandmasters finished on 6.5 points and shared the top prizes: Varuzhan Akobian (Kansas), Lazaro Bruzon (Cuba), Viktor Laznicka (Czech Republic), Tamaz Gelashvili (Georgia), Yuniesky Quesada Perez (Cuba); Sergey Erenburg (Pennsylvania) Parimarjan Negi (India), Alejandro Ramirez (Texas) and Yury Shulman (Illinois). The last time the World Open ended in a ten-way tie for first place was exactly ten years ago.

Photo courtesy Chris Bird

This year the 41st edition of the annual World Open took place in the Crystal City Hyatt just outside of Washington, D.C. There were 1204 participants, among them 30 GMs and 17 IMs or WGMs, who played for $250,000 projected prizes over 9 sections. 

The last round saw many draws on the top boards as none of the players were willing to take big risks. This way Akobian, Bruzon, Laznicka, Gelashvili, Quesada, Erenburg and Negi finished on 6.5 points and shared first. Winning their last round games, Ramirez and Shulman joined this group and all took home $3912.90.

All but one: Akobian defeated Quesada (the two players with the best tiebreak score) in an Armageddon game where the American played the black pieces with draw odds, with 3 minutes on the clock, against Quesada who needed to win with White, with 5 minutes on the clock. As the game ended in a draw after 52 moves, Akobian earned the title of World Open Champion and earned $3990.90.

Akobian wins the World Open | Photo courtesy Chris Bird

Below are a few more games from the tournament. Don't miss the final report by CLO.

World Open 2013 | Final standings (top 30)

# Name Rtg St Tot TB1 Prize
1 GM Varuzhan Akobian 2612 KS 6.5 42.5 $3990.90
2 GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2639 CUB 6.5 43 $3912.90
3 GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2689 CUB 6.5 42 $3912.90
4 GM Viktor Laznicka 2684 CZE 6.5 42 $3912.90
5 GM Sergey Erenburg 2615 PA 6.5 41 $3912.90
6 GM Tamaz Gelashvili 2572 GEO 6.5 40.5 $3912.90
7 GM Parimarjan Negi 2634 IND 6.5 40 $3912.90
8 GM Alejandro Ramirez 2583 TX 6.5 37 $3912.90
9 GM Yury Shulman 2542 IL 6.5 37 $3912.90
10 GM Conrad Holt 2531 KS 6.5 36.5 $3912.90
11 GM Vadim Milov 2643 SUI 6.0
12 GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2588 GEO 6.0
13 GM Alex Shabalov 2553 PA 6.0
14 GM Victor Mikhalevski 2552 ISR 6.0
15 GM Marc T Arnold 2525 NY 6.0
16 GM Alexander Fishbein 2504 NJ 6.0
17 GM Ray Robson 2628 MO 5.5
18 GM Sam Shankland 2601 CA 5.5
19 GM Magesh Panchanathan 2583 IND 5.5
20 GM Zviad Izoria 2574 NY 5.5
21 GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2548 NY 5.5
22 IM Mackenzie S Molner 2501 AZ 5.5
23 IM Irina Krush 2480 NY 5.5 $462.50
24 IM Leonid Gerzhoy 2469 CAN 5.5 $462.50
25 IM Kayden W Troff 2427 UT 5.5 $462.50
26 IM Bindi Cheng 2406 ON 5.5 $462.50
27 IM Bogdan Vioreanu 2404 ROM 5.5 $462.50
28 FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti 2368 ID 5.5 $462.50
29 IM Darwin Yang 2485 TX 5.0
30 IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat 2428 MD 5.0

Full final standings here.

8430 reads 23 comments
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  • 3 years ago


    Terrible coverage of the World Open Chess.Com many of us have played in this tournament.

  • 3 years ago


    There are ALWAYS players trying to cheat at the World Open. That's the way it is. The TDs are very good at finding them, fortunately.

  • 3 years ago


    Chess organizers are doing chess a disservice by hiding the cheating that is going on. If someone is disqualified for cheating he or she shoud be named by the organizers and the USCF as a cheater. The USCF should ban the "player" from USCF rated tournaments.

  • 3 years ago


    Well, it seems there were a lot of cheaters caught in this World Open, check the "ratedgames" section in USCF tournament results for the World Open, the first three where thrown out of their respective sections for cheating! But the organizers kept everything under silence!

  • 3 years ago

    IM chesskingdreamer

    no, he would have gotten almost 20000, because each player gets the average of prizes 1-10, not split 1 prize of 40,000

  • 3 years ago


    purezen I believe that whether only one had finished first, he would have gotten $40 000.

    In addition, if you manage to become WCC's challenger, you get $1 000 000 even if you lose.

  • 3 years ago


    purezen...Sometimes it not all about money.  Sometimes doing something like chess simply because you either love it or simply enjoy it is enough.  I have spent far more than i have ever won, and i love the game.  I love seeing new places, meeting new people, seeing old friends, and playing chess.  If your only reward is money, youre missing out.

    Serving others, doing for others, and giving is a far bigger reward than money.

  • 3 years ago


    Conrad Holt is from from Kansas

  • 3 years ago


    so, where is conrad holt from?

  • 3 years ago


    Chess.com's own David Kerans, writing for the Voice of Russia Radio website, has uncovered a story behind the scenes where the organizer's had no clear idea of what to do about the 10-way tie.  http://voicerussia.com/2013_07_09/Weird-World-Open-chess-tourney-nets-10-co-winners-one-impromptu-champion-Gelashvili-soars/

  • 3 years ago


    Stereotyping chess players as nerds is a deplorable act. While chess does not pay well in terms of tourney prizes, some of these masters earn a decent living teaching and coaching chess. Serving others is a noble act. Not always about the money...

  • 3 years ago


    Now I remember why I gave up tournament chess. No money. When some of the best professonals in their field (better than 99.99% of all tournament chess players) make only $3912.90 for placing first in one of the biggest open tounraments out there, well you just have to shake your head and laugh because you didn't waste your time playing. You decided to go to college or develop a marktable skill that pays more than $3912.90 every week. And now chess players even have to contend with the computer cheaters. Pathetic. No need to spend your weekends with nerds. Life is good. Come sit at the pool next to the woman in the bikini.

    Bon Appetit Gentlemen!

  • 3 years ago


    I love the lectures that GM Akobian has done for the STLChess youtube channel. I'm really happy to see that he's done well.

    Also, he's a d4 purist, which is itself something I think is pretty cool.

  • 3 years ago


    Wow! Many people can't earn $78/hr, and Akobian managed to "outearn" his opponent for that amount in 8 minutes or less... There is still room for a pathetically smaller prize difference though. Way to go, tournament organizers!

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    yes stealthy... next to vishy anand jk ;-)

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Congratulations to Sacramento's Colin Chow on a 4th place tie in the Under 2400 section!  Good Job Colin!

  • 3 years ago


    What happened to Conrad Holt?

  • 3 years ago


    GM Conrad Holt was also in the top 10.

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