U.S. Open

  • John Fedorowicz chats with The Chess Drum

    John Fedorowicz is a product of the famous “Fischer Boom,” and relishes the opportunity to talk about the good ole days. The Bronx native has played in most every major U.S. tournament, but made his debut in the Senior Tournament of Champions this year. He jokingly said, “I like playing…

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  • Nyzhnyk wins 2019 U.S. Open!

    One thing is for sure… “Nyzhnyk” is not easy to spell and “Illia” is not easy to beat. The Ukrainian national has been in good form lately as he scores another strong result. He was in the running at the Chicago Open in May, but had to settle for joint…

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  • Playing Chess to Death

    Readers, This is a personal reflection on a topic that I believe needs to be discussed for the good of chess. While chess isn’t a physically violent encounter, there are times in which the tragic end of one’s life occurs during a game of chess. I explain this in the…

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  • 2019 U.S. Chess Open (Orlando, Florida)

    The U.S. Open will hold its 120th edition in the home of the Disney Corporation, Orlando, Florida. This is America’s longest-running tournament and will also be the host for the 80th Delegate’s Meeting. Players and Delegates will be among the many groups conferring at the Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International…

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  • Conrad “Lightning” Holt wins U.S. Open!

    GM Conrad Holt receiving the Edmondson Cup.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Conrad Holt has had a great run in the last couple of years. The physics major and rising senior at University of Texas at Dallas made a sparkling debut in last year’s U.S. Championship scoring a creditable 5th place with…

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  • 2014 U.S. Open (Orlando, USA)

    The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary during the U.S. Open Chess Tournament. America’s most prestigious open tournament is taking place at the Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International Dr., Orlando FL 32819) in the vacation hub of Orlando, Florida, the home of the Disney franchise.…

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  • Three-way tie at 2008 U.S. Open

    The U.S. Open was severely depleted with only two Grandmasters and a handful of IMs in perhaps the most drastic shortfall in recent memory. Formerly the marquis tournament in America, the tournament small prize fund has encouraged strongest players to look elsewhere for greener pastures and stronger competition. However, the…

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  • 2007 U.S. Open: Gulko tops 7-way tie

    The end of the 108th U.S. Open closed like many American Swiss tournaments? many draws and a multiple-winner for 1st place. Seven players closed out the tournament with 7½ points in a tight race from beginning to finish with Boris Gulko declared the winner on tiebreaks. Eleven players tied for…

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  • 2007 U.S. Open (Cherry Hill, New Jersey)

    The 108th version of the U.S. Open began on July 28th with four schedules. Amon Simutowe is currently on 4-0 in the traditional schedule. Hikaru Nakamura and U.S. champ Alexander Shabalov are expected to play in the 5-day schedule. The U.S. Open is not the premier U.S. tournament and many of the…

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  • Historic Moments: 1989 U.S. Open Photo Gallery

    Reflections on the 1989 U.S. Open The year of 1989 was an interesting year for Black chess. Maurice Ashley and Emory Tate had begun to get the recognition they had long deserved and had continued to prove themselves. Both starred at the 1988 New York Open earning IM norms. In…

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