Ten-way Tie at World Open

Ten-way Tie at World Open

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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.

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