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FM William Morrison has traveled a long rode. From the streets of Brooklyn through the “Black Bear” legend to the battle grounds of War Memorial Plaza in Maryland, the player known as the “Exterminator” has made a mark with his powerful play. Yet he has also inspired with his mannerable and humble persona. At the […]

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The World Open is the biggest stage of American chess where the stars here and abroad come to vie for the $225,000 guaranteed prize fund. The landscape of chess in America has changed over the last 40 years, with a number of bright young stars mixed with a potpourri of international Grandmasters and aspiring prizewinners. […]

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GM Gabor Papp Photo by Jim Doyle Americans will remember the stunning Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor who at 99 still evokes memories of a nostalgic era in film. Another “Gabor” has hit the American soil and while not befitting of the glamour of the socialite actress, Gabor Papp’s performance shone brightly at the 2016 […]

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FM William Morrison Photo by Daaim Shabazz FM William Morrison has been on the chess scene for decades and is a veritable legend in both New York’s Black Bear tradition and in the Baltimore/DC area. He has been as active as his family life will allow and is about as proud and personable of a […]

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Last year, FM Josh Colas declared to the chess community and his supporters that he was on a mission to earn the GM title. He got closer to that goal by notching his first GM norm at the North American Class in Las Vegas. He nearly missed an IM norm at the Philadelphia Open in […]

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IM Odion Aikhoje gave some interesting professional insights about the marketing of chess in an informative half-hour conversation. He has a Master’s degree in sports marketing management. The 2015 World Open remains America’s marquee event… for right now. It has staying power, but of course its consistency may suggest that a few tweaks are needed. […]

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Alex Lenderman continues a nice run of tournaments after winning the 2015 World Open. Lenderman actually tied with seven other players to finish the tournament on 7/9. Of course all players will be considered co-champions, but there were be a playoff tiebreak to decide who would receive the additional $300.00. However, the path to the […]

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43rd Annual World Open June 30-July 5, 2015 Hyatt Regency Crystal City 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Virginia The historic World Open was held this past weekend at Crystal City Hyatt in Arlington, Virginia for the third consecutive year before returning to Philadelphia. This year made even more apparent that the youth movement has hit […]

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey Marcus Garvey was famous for his revolutionary movement at the turn of the 20th century known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). At the height of his powers, he attracted nearly 4,000,000 followers. His idea was to unite all of those of African ancestry under the banner of Pan-Africanism for political, […]

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Finally meeting the legendary Walter Harris at 2014 World Open! Walter Harris is someone that the chess world may not know of, but those who have followed stories of The Chess Drum realize his importance in the annals of chess history. Harris, 72, is the first player of African descent to earn the title of […]

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The World Open is a bonanza that attracts so many chess aficionados far and wide. Each year, droves of competitors assemble on the tournament not only to play, but to socialize and to participate in America’s most well-known tournament. The 2014 World Open would be memorable for a number of reasons. Dominique Myers earned his […]

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The World Open remains America’s premier open tournament as players from around the world assemble to compete for the nation’s largest prize fund of $250,000 of which $200,000 is guaranteed. The tournament was held June 30-July 6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Ilya Smirin (center left) found […]

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The historic World Open is being held in Arlington, Virginia for the second year in a row at the Crystal City Hyatt. The field has attracted a strong Cuban contingent including defending champion Lazaro Bruzon and Cuba’s national champion Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez. A horde of international players are in the field which should make […]

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Cuba’s GM Lazaro Bruzon The World Open has found a home in Philadelphia for more than 25 years. The 41st edition took place in its new home of Arlington, Virginia. The tournament attracted more than 1200 players and it seems as if players were satisfied with the new venue. Every year there is usually a […]

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The World Open is a special tournament in U.S. history. Having finished its 40th version, the tournament will move to Arlington, Virginia next year. There are no clear plans on whether it will return to Philadelphia. Nevertheless, I have many good memories of the World Open. Here are some of them from the 2012 event. […]

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GM Ivan Sokolov (right) drawing with GM Abhijeet Gupta in round #5. Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands was declared the winner of the 2012 World Open after beating Alexander Shabalov in a Armageddon tiebreak. Both topped the field with 7/9 ahead of seven players which included top-seed Wesley So. America’s marquee tournament drew more than […]

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With the Philadelphia International beginning tonight, the 40th World Open officially begins tomorrow and remains the marquee tournament in America. Approximately 1000-1300 players will travel to Philadelphia to compete for top prizes. What big names will be out? Stay tuned! 40th Annual World Open July 2-8, 2012, Philadelphia, PA Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel 17th […]

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FM William Morrison (right) facing NM William Wright. The World Open is perhaps the largest stage of American chess. The tournament has been in Philadelphia for the past 39 years but after its 40th anniversary in 2012, it will find a new home in Virginia for the 2013 edition. William “The Exterminator” Morrison is not […]

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Lerrenzo Davis may be the only player in recent times to win two different sections in consecutive years at the World Open. Last year, Davis scored 8/9 in the under-1600 (beating out Khalee Ward) and this year he repeated the same 8/9 in the under-1800 to take home hefty $13,881. What is interesting is that […]

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Harlem, New York is the place where the “Harlem Renaissance” took place and where artistic expression flourished in the early 1900s. One hundred years later, artistry is still flourishing, but in this day and time, chess is the platform. St. Nicholas Park is known to many in the chess world as a place akin to […]

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James Black , Jr. has already had a prodigious scholastic career and he was just coming off of a triple win at the National Youth Championships with three titles. So he went into the World Open with other young aspirants hoping to make an impact. Playing in the under-2400 section, the 12-year old has been […]

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Gata Kamsky has been on a roll lately and continuing his onslaught by winning the 2011 World Open in Philadelphia. The two-time US Champion has had a nice run including defending his U.S. title, and a strong showing in the recent Candidates tournament defeating former World Championship contender and world #1, Veselin Topalov. He lost […]

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Despite a disappointing turnout in this year’s World Open , excitement has not abated in the annual festival. Michael Adams has attended this tournament the past couple of years and seems to have found a hospitable climate. Currently Adams shares the lead with Loek van Wely of the Netherlands. After beating Jaan Ehlvest and Gata […]

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America’s premier chess tournament has begun! More than 1,000 participants will gather at the Sheraton Center City for the 39th Annual World Open. US Champion Gata Kamsky is in the field along with GM Michael Adams and a host of other strong players and young talent. US Champion Gata Kamsky facing FM Kassa Korley England’s […]

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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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