2003 World Open Information Center

The 31st Annual World Open kicked off on June 28th and ended in an exciting tiebreak on July 6th. Estonian GM Jaan Ehlvest won the tiebreak despite being tied with nine other players at 7-2.

America's premier open tournament drew approximately 1440 players plus their guests and parents creating a bustling environment in the Adam's Mark Hotel. While the World Open never seems to escape a controversial incident, the tournament is a joy to play in and possesses a carnival atmosphere for those who attend.

As one observes the atmosphere during the week-long tournament, it is hard to believe that such a diversity of people can share their slice of the world with others so freely… all over a sport involving a 64-square board. The World Open indeed has a magical quality.

The Adam's Mark Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Adam's Mark

World Open Coverage

Results from the 2003 World Open

The Magic of the World Open Chess Tournament

Drum Loyalists "tee-off"

Open Section - IM Oladapo Adu (foreground left) Vester Wilson and FM William Morrison in blitz battle as crowd looks on. Chess Drummists: (L-R) Bruce Thompson, Daaim Shabazz, Kimani Stancil, Jerome Starks

Posted by The Chess Drum: 10 July 2002