2004 World Open Information Center

Would the 32nd Annual World Open bring more summer magic in 2004. Most certainly! There seems to be a total invasion of scholastic players in the top sections as new stars are being born every single year at this tournament. Of course there was the usual battle played amongst the Grandmasters.

America's premier open tournament drew approximately 1208 players as the Philly weather was breaking into its summer heat.  This year's tournament was clear of major controversies and ended in an exciting fashion with
GM Hikaru Nakamura and Czech GM Jiri Stocek finishing in sudden death.

Varuzhan Akobian finished clear 1st and US$14,000 richer with a 7-1 score. Nakamura tied with nine others at 7-2. In other news, IM-elect Stephen Muhammad qualified to compete in the U.S. National Championship along with four others.  More stories below!

The Adam's Mark Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Adam's Mark

World Open Coverage

Results from the 2004 World Open

Special Interview: FM Sunil Weeramantry - Reflections on Libya

Stephen Muhammad Qualifies for U.S. Championship!

Dr. Kimani Stancil... America's Newest Master?

Black Stars shine at 2004 World Open

Photo Gallery (The Chess Drum)

"The Magic of the World Open Chess Tournament" (essay from 2003)

Open Section - GM Hikaru Nakamura GM Vitali Golod vs. IM-elect Stephen Muhammad Chess Drummists: (L-R) Dr. Kimani Stancil, Negash Bezaleel, Ervin 'Maliq' Matthew, Dr. Daaim Shabazz

Posted by The Chess Drum: 7 July 2004