Time for reflections!
The 2007 World Open was an interesting tournament for a number of reasons. It was extremely competitive in all sections, there were many exciting and high-quality games, the new venue had a couple of redeeming qualities (all players in same room) and World Open spirit was a high as ever.
Here are some of my personal highlights:
- Simply being able to play some exciting chess (+1 in under-2200)
- Interviewing Maurice Ashley and William Morrison
- Analyzing with Emory Tate… he graciously offered to show me his game with Bercys
- Watching FM Kazim Gulamali develop as a player and person (I’ve known since he was seven)
- Chatting with GM Sandipan Chanda of India
- Eating at Jaipur Indian restaurant on the first night
- Watching Hikaru Nakamura at the blitz tournament (videos coming!)
- Updating the blog with World Open reports… exciting!
- Witnessing a roomful of people from so many different social dimensions… interesting!
- Being warmly received by so many chess players from around the country and world… many thanks!
What I would like to do is entertain any reflection that you may have on the World Open. Feel free to make any comments whether positive or negative… whether it is the food, an incident, something pleasant, a game you played, something funny or whatever you would like to share.
Stay tuned for reports, photos and… audio and video content!