Archive for the 'Chicago Open' Category

Shakira Luster At the 2019 Chicago Open, I walked into a tournament hall and noticed the wide range of ages playing in the under-1000. However, what also stuck out was three girls who were under the watchful eye of their coach. I snapped a few pictures not immediately realizing the backstory of success. Of course, […]

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Charles Troutman III Charles Troutman III had been one of the top 100 players in age categories between 9-11 years old. After a lull in his tournament play during 2017, he began playing more online activity and his classical chess began to improve. He’s on the verge of eclipsing the 2000 rating barrier. He is […]

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Illia Nyzhnyk and Vasif Dararbayli face off in round 7.The game was drawn. Aided by a strong 5.5/6 start Vasif Dararbayli held off a field of strong GMs to win the 2019 Chicago Open. Perhaps the key win was his 6th round win over then-co-leader Jeffery Xiong (2015 Chicago Open winner). He ended with three […]

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Summer is here and just outside of the “Windy City” in the suburb of Wheeling, the Chicago Open has begun. Aleksandr Shimanov is the defending champion, but Jeffery Xiong is the top seed and wants to repeat his 2015 win. Then only 14-years old, he has since evolved into a member of the U.S. national […]

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The Chicago Open has become a marquee tournament in its 27-year history and the 2018 edition was about exciting as any of the previous tournaments. The tournament is traditionally held in eight sections with the Open Section drawing the “big guns.” GM Aleksandr ShimanovPhoto courtesy of SPICE (Paul Truong) A field of 128 players (28 […]

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One of the marquee tournaments starts today in Wheeling, Illinois a quiet town just outside of Chicago. The Chicago Open is in its 27th year and once drew the likes of Hikaru Nakamura and top tier players from overseas. These days the tournament is a hot ticket for hungry norm seekers, top scholastic players and […]

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A total of 984 players showed up at the 2017 Chicago Open causing the organizers to scramble to arrange proper space. Having been edged out by a wedding, the tournament converted a skittles room into a playing hall and certainly created initial chaos, but the tournament was able to adjust. There was still the problem […]

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IM Jeffery XiongPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. The 2015 Chicago Open attracted nearly 900 entrants from around the continental U.S. and players from dozens of countries. There was Cuban maestro Lazaro Bruzon Batista along with Gata Kamsky leading the field of over 100 players in the Open section (including 24 GMs). There were eight sections in […]

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The 2015 edition of the Chicago Open will kick off the summer circuit of U.S. tournaments. Approximately, 600-700 players will trek across the U.S. to compete in eight sections for a combined $100,000 prize fund. This tournament will host a mish-mash of professional players, strong amateurs and club players. Chicago has long been one of […]

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Armenia’s Gabriel Sargissian also won in 2012. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. GM Gabriel Sargissian won the 2014 Chicago Open after winning a tiebreak over IM Priyadarshan Kannappan. Both scored 7/9 just ahead of a sextet of players a 6.5/9. Sargissian was in the US helping Varuzhan Akobian prepare for the U.S. Championship helping him tie […]

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GM Ray RobsonPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Chicago is an iconic city for so many reasons… its memorable skyline, museums, restaurants and of course its sports. While chess would not be one of the first sports to characterize Chicago, it does have a fixture here as North Avenue Beach has been a mainstay of visiting chess […]

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National Masters Justus Williams, James Black, Jr. and Josh ColasPhoto by Guy Colas. Coming off of credible performances at the Chicago Open and heading into the the summer circuit of tournaments, three young scholastic stars seem to be coming of age in the U.S. chess scene. Justus Williams (14), Josh Colas (13) and James Black, […]

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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. England’s Michael Adams. […]

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The 20th annual Chicago Open takes place in Wheeling, Illinois which is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Grandmasters from around the road are competing in one of the major U.S. tournaments in the summer circuit that carries a $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. GM Pentala HarikrishnaPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. GM Pentala Harikrishna of India […]

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Summertime is certainly a busy time for U.S. chess. Next week will kick off a run of major summer tournaments. 20th Chicago Open May 26-30, 27-30, 28-30 or 29-30 National Open June 10-12 or June 11-12 4th New York International June 17-21 8th Philadelphia International June 24-28 39th World Open June 28-July 4, June 30-July […]

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Loek Van Wely stifled Sam Shankland’s quest for GM norm (and title) while Varuzhan Akobian fell to England’s Michael Adams. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Loek Van Wely has been spending a lot of time in the states in past years including the 1994 World Open and 1996 New York Open. He also played in Maurice […]

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2010 Chicago Open

GM Michael Adams will headline the field in the 2010 version of the Chicago Open. Several players from the recently-ended U.S. Championship will also be on hand to vie for the $100,000 prize fund. More details at http://www.chicagoopen.net/

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Grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest bested Gabriel Sargissian in the blitz playoff to claim the 2009 Chicago Open title. For decades, Ehlvest has been one of the strongest blitz players in the world. Both players scored 5.5/7 and edged out several contenders in a hotly-contested tournament that included several participants from the U.S. Championship. Varuzhan Akobian, Alexander […]

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Joshua Colas has been making progress since he began playing chess four years ago and got his first rating of 681. With a heavy dose of blitz and a bit of professional coaching, Colas has now broken the “Expert” barrier of 2000 rating points. This is a status above a class player and signifies that […]

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GM Loek Van Wely vs. FM Jake Kleiman and GM Mesgan Amanov vs. GM Gabriel Sargissian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 2009 Chicago Open has begun and a number of strong players are present. Top seed appears to be Armenia’s Gabriel Sargissian. He was spotted in St. Louis at the U.S. Championship where he was […]

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