2012 World Open (Philadelphia, USA)

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 & Race Streets, Philadelphia, PA.

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PROJECTED PRIZE FUND: $250,000…
$200,000 GUARANTEED!
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Standings, PGN Games

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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  1. Selected Photos from World Open (July 4, 2012)

    GM Wesley So vs. NM Michael Bodek. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Wesley So (Philippines) vs. NM Michael Bodek (USA), 1-0

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    FM Kassa Korley (USA) vs. GM Abhijeet Gupta (India), 0-1

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Open Section

    IM Nisha Mohota. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    IM Nisha Mohota (India)

    GM Ray Robson ponders his next move. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Ray Robson ponders his next move.

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    NM Okechukwu Iwu (USA/Nigeria)

    James Black, Jr. is on the move while Justus Williams shows intensity. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Young Masters at work!!

    13-year old James Black, Jr. is on the move while 14-year old Justus Williams shows intensity.

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    13-year old National Master Josh Colas

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    WGM Nadya Ortiz (Columbia)

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    July 4th celebration on the Parkway

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    It was a beautiful night!

  2. Selected Photos from World Open (July 5, 2012)

    Boyd Reed, Tournament Director. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Boyd Reed, Tournament Director

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Darrian Robinson, will head to University of Chicago this fall as an economics major. Robinson and Larry Saxby played to a draw.

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Open Section – GM S P Sethuraman vs. IM Michael Mulyar, 1-0

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Open Section – IM Greg Shahade vs. GM Atanas Ivan Kolev, 1/2
    IM Saljivus Bercys vs. GM Yury Shulman, 1/2

    Nice view of the Parkway. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Nice view of the Parkway.

    Sleek office building! Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Sleek office building!

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Two scholastic stars Josh Colas and James Black, Jr. in the bookstore getting more weapons. It’s good to see the enthusiasm. 🙂

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Pairings are up!

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Sylvester Smarty

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Robert Hess vs. GM Deepak Chakkravarthy, 0-1

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Open Section

    Monroi display. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Monroi display of top six boards.

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Open Section

  3. Selected Photos from World Open (July 6, 2012)

    Boyd Reed, Tournament Director. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Boyd Reed on the case.

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Open Section

    GM Sergei Azarov (Belarus) - GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (India), 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Sergei Azarov (Belarus) – GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (India), 1/2

    IM Shyam Nikhil (India) - GM Sergey Erenburg (Israel), 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    IM Shyam Nikhil (India) – GM Sergey Erenburg (Israel), 1/2

    GM Abhijeet Gupta (India) - GM Ivan Sokolov (Netherlands), 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Abhijeet Gupta (India) – GM Ivan Sokolov (Netherlands), 1/2

    GM Alexander Shabalov-GM S P Sethuraman, 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Alexander ShabalovGM S P Sethuraman, 1/2

    Fear the Fro! Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Michael Taylor of California… fear the Fro! 🙂

    FM Kassa Korley and NM Justus Williams. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    FM Kassa Korley and NM Justus Williams

    FM Kassa Korley and NM Justus Williams. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    NM James Black, Jr.FM Kazim Gulamali, 1/2

    IM Tania Sachdev. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    IM Tania Sachdev (India)

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Daaim Shabazz and NM Josh Colas

    Oladapo Adu blitzing with Herb Carswell with Kamanyola Bior looking on. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Oladapo Adu blitzing with Herb Carswell with Kamanyola Bior looking on.

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Bughouse… William Aramil and Aaron Kahn (right) bugging out!

    Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Josh Colas trying his hand at Bughouse!

  4. GMs Ivan Sokolov and Alex Shabalov finished at the top of the Open Section standings, both finishing with 7/9 after agreeing to a quick draw in the final round to secure a share of first. Both players could have been caught by GMs Wesley So and Yury Shulman or IM Marc Arnold who all started the final round half-point behind the leaders but none of those players managed a victory, leaving Sokolov and Shabolov alone at the top.

    An Armageddon play-off between the two GMs was held after the end of the tournament. Sokolov had the white pieces and 5 minutes while Shabalov had the black pieces, 3 minutes and draw odds (both players also had a 5 second delay). The game was won by Sokolov who becomes the 2012 World Open Champion. The game has been added to the Games Viewer/PGN download.

    On the norm front, Arnold had already secured his 3rd and final GM norm going into the round after a victory over GM Robert Hess in round 8. Other GM norms (to be confirmed) were scored by IM Eesha Karavade and FM John Bryant. IM norms (to be confirmed) were scored by FM Michael Kleinman, Yaacov Norowitz and Luke Harmon-Vellotti.

    Source: http://www.worldopen.net

  5. Justus, Darrian, and Kassa gained points.

    hmmm…Yaacov Norowitz may have an IM norm. He has had an very long journey to FIDE titles.

  6. Selected Photos from World Open (July 7, 2012)

    Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Dwayne Walton sporting his ACC gear. He had on a U. of North Carolina last year.

    The Nietos twins from Columbia. I don't know them apart, but their names are Guillermo and Manuel. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    The Nietos twins from Columbia. I don’t know them apart, but their names are Manuel (left) and Guillermo.

    NM James Black, Jr. on his way to beating IM Gabriel Battaglini. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    James Black on his way to beating IM Gabriel Battaglini of France. The Frenchman was visibly upset at losing. He would also lose to Justus Williams a few rounds later. Get used to it! 🙂

    Nice mural on Shallow Hill Road. You can find these throughout Philly. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Nice mural on Shallow Hill Road. You can find these throughout Philly.

    Lovely mural!. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Lovely mural!

    Not sure what this building is, but it is very nice! Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Not sure what this building is, but it is very nice!

    Philadelphia, a city with a unique architectural character. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Philadelphia, a city with a unique architectural character.

    Whole Foods. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    This is a saving grace for vegans in the Center City area.

    Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Joel Benjamin losing to GM Vladimir Romanenko. I suppose 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 is still in vogue!?

    James Jeffrey and Robert Beatty battling until midnight. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    James Jeffrey and Robert Beatty battling until midnight.

  7. Selected Photos from World Open (July 8, 2012)

    GM Alonso Zapata vs. GM Aleksandr Lenderman, 0-1. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Alonso Zapata (Columbia) vs. GM Aleksandr Lenderman (USA), 0-1

    IM Quignan Liu vs. GM Ilya Smirin, 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    IM Quignan Liu (China) vs. GM Ilya Smirin (Israel), 1/2

    IM Greg Shahade vs. FM Kassa Korley, 1-0 Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    IM Greg Shahade (USA) vs. FM Kassa Korley (USA), 1-0

    Andrew Lebovitz vs. Justus Williams, 0-1. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Andrew Lebovitz (USA) vs. Justus Williams (USA), 0-1

    Darrian Robinson vs. Jason Shi, 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Darrian Robinson vs. Jason Shi, 1/2.

    Open Section (Round 8). Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Open Section (Round 8)

    GM Wesley So vs. GM Alexander Shabalov, 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Wesley So (Philippines) vs. GM Alexander Shabalov (USA), 1/2

    FM Miles Ardaman vs. FM Carl Boor, 1/2. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    FM Miles Ardaman vs. FM Carl Boor, 1/2

    Sasha Velikinov playing William Aramil, 0-1. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Sasha Velikanov playing William Aramil, 0-1.

    Blitz taking place on a comfortable spot. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Blitz taking place on a comfortable spot.

    Iryna Zenyuk and Irina Krush with Alexander Shabalov in the background.  Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Iryna Zenyuk and Irina Krush relaxing between rounds with Alexander Shabalov in the background. Krush actually did not participate.

    Georgian GMs Giorgi Kacheishvili and Tamaz Gelashvili. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Georgian GMs Giorgi Kacheishvili and Tamaz Gelashvili.

    FM Awonder Liang beating Manuel Nieto of Columbia. Awonder, who has a brother named

    FM Awonder Liang beating Manuel Nieto of Columbia. Awonder, who has a brother named “Adream” got the FM title in the under-8 at the World Youth and it one of the youngest FMs in recent memory. His FIDE rating is 1922.

    NM Okechukwu Iwu playing FM Raul Vazquez. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    NM Okechukwu Iwu playing Puerto Rico’s FM Raul Vazquez, 1/2.

    Indian WGMs Nisha Mohota (and Padmini Rout. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Indian competitors IM Nisha Mohota (6.5/9) and WGM Padmini Rout (6/9) in under-2400 section. Rout earned an IM norm in the Philadelphia International a week earlier.

    Daaim Shabazz in round nine. I played the Vienna Game for the first time in 10 years and won an interesting game against Michael Chiang. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Yours truly in round nine. I played the Vienna Game for the first time in 10 years and won an interesting game against National Master Michael Chiang. He was an excellent sport and we analyzed the game for about two hours!

    Analyzing with Michael Chiang after last round encounter. We analyzed for at least two hours! Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Analyzing with Michael Chiang after last round encounter.
    We analyzed for at least two hours!
    Photo by Oladapo Adu.

    1. I had played the Vienna Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3) for many years with good results. I played the 3.g3 line, but decided it was too slow for my tactical style. So I started playing 1.e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3!? I then played the more stable 5.Nf3 and got some decent wins.

      After seeing Alexander Shabalov get some crushing wins with the Center Game (1.e4 e5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4), I played it for awhile getting fair results… beat a Senior Master with it. I have considered going back to the Guioco Piano and Evans Gambit, but the Vienna is not as well-analyzed and catches opponent off guard.

      So before the tournament, I decided to employ the Vienna again. Here is the game… Shabazz-Chiang

      1. Are you a e4 or d4 player?

        I looked at your game and you refer to a game in Tuley Park. My Aunt lives in the area and I would go up there to play sometimes. Thanks for the game.

        1. 1.e4 all of my life. I have played 1.c4 a couple of times and 1.d4 only once when I knew an opponent didn’t know how to play the Benko Gambit (which is what I play). I won that game, but I have played 1.e4 religiously.

  8. Selected Photos from World Open (July 8, 2012)

    Class Sections. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Class Sections: under-1800, under-1600, under-1400, under-1200, under-900

    Jessica Pope. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Under-1600 section. Why is the player looking at Jessica Pope??

    Adia Onyango. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Adia Onyango scored 7/9 tying for joint 3rd in under-1600 and won a prize in the blitz tournament. Hard work is paying off!

    James Jackson. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    James Jackson, is a turtle hobbyist and once brought the queen mother to a tournament years ago. That was several dozen turtles ago 🙂

    Pretty Girl. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Pretty girl shows that chess has no age boundaries.

    Abdullah Abdul-Basir. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Abdullah Abdul-Basir (under-1400)

    A backrank mate on the board! Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    A backrank mate on the board!

    Charts for Open Section. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Charts for Open Section.

    Iryna Zenyuk and Irina Krush with Alexander Shabalov in the background.  Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Charts for Under-2400… show me the money!

    Tyrell Harriott, winner of 2nd place in under-2000. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Tyrell Harriott, winner of 2nd place in under-2000.

    Jose Espinosa. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Jose Espinosa playing the piano… very nice I might add.

    Jose Espinosa. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    BLITZ, CONSULTATION, BUGHOUSE!!

    Blitz: S.P. Sethuraman vs. Wesley So, 0-2  Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Blitz: S.P. Sethuraman vs. Wesley So, 0-2

    GM Ray Robson “Consultation Chess”… Teams of players get to discuss variations during the game. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Ray Robson playing “Consultation Chess”… teams of players get to discuss variations during the game. GM Abhijeet Gupta (standing left) and GM Josh Friedel (sitting far right) kibitz.

    Blitz: Wesley So vs. Giorgi Kacheishvili, 2-0. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Blitz: Wesley So vs. Giorgi Kacheishvili, 2-0.

    Blitz: Yaacov Norowitz vs. William Aramil, 2-0. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Blitz: Yaacov Norowitz vs. William Aramil, 2-0.

    Bughouse happening! Nolan Hendrickson & partner vs. Megan Lee & Sasha Velikanov. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Bughouse: Nolan Hendrickson & partner (left) vs.
    Megan Lee & Sasha Velikanov.

    Consultation Chess still going on with more players joining in. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Consultation Chess still going on with more players joining in.

  9. Darrian Robinson, will head to University of Chicago this fall as an economics major.

    under that caption she is playing larry saxby, a strong (expertish) local player.

    1. I know Larry… I forgot to add her opponent. Thanks! Larry actually told me about the game and that many had warned him prior to the game that she was a tough out.

  10. This is an instructive game Black played. R4-5d-B27 Bercys, Salvijus vs. Williams, Justus (0-1)

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