The marquee event in the USA has begun and a projected 1100 players will make their way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete for a $250,000 prize fund. The tournament has added several new side tournaments and will be featured throughout. However, the main event will feature the world’s top players including U.S. Champion, GM Hikaru Nakamura. The Chess Drum is on site and will be blogging and filing reports during the event.
The 37th World Open. July 1-5, 2-5, 3-5 or June 29-July 5, Pennsylvania, USA
9 round Swiss, 40/2, SD/1 (4-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, 3-day option, rds 1-5 G/45). Under 900/Unr Section plays separate 3-day schedule only, G/45. At Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Special parking rates: $5/day with guest room at Sheraton, $12 without. Downtown location, Franklin Institute and many other museums as well as stores & restaurants within a few blocks.
$250,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik; free lectures by other GMs 7/3 10 am, 7/4 10 am, 7/5 9 am. In 9 sections (Unrated eligible only for Open, Under 2400, or U900/Unr).
Open Section: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1500-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $200, top U2500/Unr $2000-1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 7/5 11 pm (white 5 minutes, black 3 minutes & gets draw odds, 5 second delay) for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible in 5-day & 7-day schedules. FIDE rated.