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.
GM Michael Adams (2728) will enter as the top seed. At press time, he has already been nicked for a half-point in the first round. GM Gabriel Sargissian is the second seed vying for the $100,000 prize fund. Here are details from the official website, chicagoopen.net.
The event has 9 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500, Under 1300, Under 1100 and Under 900.
The Open Section is a 9 round Swiss tournament with GM and IM norm opportunities. The Open Section will be played over a 5-day schedule from May 24-28. The Under 2300 to Under 1300 sections are 7 round Swiss tournaments having 4-day, 3-day and 2-day schedules to play in from May 25-28. The Under 1100 section is a 7 round Swiss tournament having 3-day and 2-day schedules to play in from May 26-28. The Under 900 section is a 7 round Swiss tournament that will be played over a 2-day schedule, May 27-28.
Photo by Patrick Magee.
The Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling IL 60090 (from Chicago, I-294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 east to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south).