Archive for the 'Chicago Open' Category

IM Jeffrey XiongPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. The 2015 Chicago Open attracted nearly 900 entrants from around the continental U.S. and players from dozens of countries. There was Cuban maestro Lazaro Bruzon Batista along with Gata Kamsky leading the field of over 100 players in the Open section (including 24 GMs). There were eight sections in […]

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The 2015 edition of the Chicago Open will kick off the summer circuit of U.S. tournaments. Approximately, 600-700 players will trek across the U.S. to compete in eight sections for a combined $100,000 prize fund. This tournament will host a mish-mash of professional players, strong amateurs and club players. Chicago has long been one of […]

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Armenia’s Gabriel Sargissian also won in 2012. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. GM Gabriel Sargissian won the 2014 Chicago Open after winning a tiebreak over IM Priyadarshan Kannappan. Both scored 7/9 just ahead of a sextet of players a 6.5/9. Sargissian was in the US helping Varuzhan Akobian prepare for the U.S. Championship helping him tie […]

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GM Ray RobsonPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Chicago is an iconic city for so many reasons… its memorable skyline, museums, restaurants and of course its sports. While chess would not be one of the first sports to characterize Chicago, it does have a fixture here as North Avenue Beach has been a mainstay of visiting chess […]

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National Masters Justus Williams, James Black, Jr. and Josh ColasPhoto by Guy Colas. Coming off of credible performances at the Chicago Open and heading into the the summer circuit of tournaments, three young scholastic stars seem to be coming of age in the U.S. chess scene. Justus Williams (14), Josh Colas (13) and James Black, […]

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Nineteen Grandmasters have registered in the field at the 21st Annual Chicago Open currently in progress at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel (601 North Milwaukee Ave) in Wheeling, a suburb just outside Chicago. The field is also rich with a number of IMs, FMs and young masters looking for norm opportunities. England’s Michael Adams. […]

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The 20th annual Chicago Open takes place in Wheeling, Illinois which is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Grandmasters from around the road are competing in one of the major U.S. tournaments in the summer circuit that carries a $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. GM Pentala HarikrishnaPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. GM Pentala Harikrishna of India […]

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Summertime is certainly a busy time for U.S. chess. Next week will kick off a run of major summer tournaments. 20th Chicago Open May 26-30, 27-30, 28-30 or 29-30 National Open June 10-12 or June 11-12 4th New York International June 17-21 8th Philadelphia International June 24-28 39th World Open June 28-July 4, June 30-July […]

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Loek Van Wely stifled Sam Shankland’s quest for GM norm (and title) while Varuzhan Akobian fell to England’s Michael Adams. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Loek Van Wely has been spending a lot of time in the states in past years including the 1994 World Open and 1996 New York Open. He also played in Maurice […]

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2010 Chicago Open

GM Michael Adams will headline the field in the 2010 version of the Chicago Open. Several players from the recently-ended U.S. Championship will also be on hand to vie for the $100,000 prize fund. More details at http://www.chicagoopen.net/

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Grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest bested Gabriel Sargissian in the blitz playoff to claim the 2009 Chicago Open title. For decades, Ehlvest has been one of the strongest blitz players in the world. Both players scored 5.5/7 and edged out several contenders in a hotly-contested tournament that included several participants from the U.S. Championship. Varuzhan Akobian, Alexander […]

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Joshua Colas has been making progress since he began playing chess four years ago and got his first rating of 681. With a heavy dose of blitz and a bit of professional coaching, Colas has now broken the “Expert” barrier of 2000 rating points. This is a status above a class player and signifies that […]

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GM Loek Van Wely vs. FM Jake Kleiman and GM Mesgan Amanov vs. GM Gabriel Sargissian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 2009 Chicago Open has begun and a number of strong players are present. Top seed appears to be Armenia’s Gabriel Sargissian. He was spotted in St. Louis at the U.S. Championship where he was […]

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