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.
Upon glancing up and down the boards of the top sections there was a good amount of scholastic players who are looking for upsets, norms and thus, fifteen minutes of fame. U.S. Junior Champion Greg Young is playing as well as New York “Big Three” from the African-American community, Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black.
Photos by Daaim Shabazz.