Viktor in Vegas

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The Great Bakker, a regular visitor of ChessVibes, was in Las Vegas this week, where he played in the National Open. He sent me this picture of Viktor Korchnoi giving a simul.

Viktor also played in the National Open himself, where he ended shared second after he had a lost position in round one against a player rated 2166.

The tournament was won by Hikaru Nakamura. Finals standings:

 1. Nakamura, Hikaru        g  USA 2658  5.5
 2. Korchnoi, Viktor        g  SUI 2623  5.0
 3. Sevillano, Enrico       m  USA 2493  5.0
 4. Serper, Grigory         g  USA 2507  5.0
 5. Friedel, Joshua E       m  USA 2474  5.0
 6. Gonzalez, Renier        m  USA 2454  5.0
 7. Matikozian, Andranik    m  ARM 2469  5.0
 8. Akobian, Varuzhan       g  USA 2574  4.5
 9. Erenburg, Sergey        g  ISR 2574  4.5
10. Kolev, Atanas1          g  BUL 2553  4.5
11. Gurevich, Dmitry        g  USA 2518  4.5
12. Krush, Irina            m  USA 2464  4.5
15. Gagunashvili, Merab     g  GEO 2625  4.0
16. Finegold, Benjamin      m  USA 2543  4.0
25. Ehlvest, Jaan           g  USA 2640  3.5
26. Shabalov, Alexander     g  USA 2606  3.5

Here's a video with Nakamura during the blitz tournament of the National Open, on the Thursday night before the main event. He's playing GM Varuzhan Akobian.

By the way the real news from Las Vegas was GM Walter Browne winning a bit less than $200,000 with poker!
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