The 23rd Annual North American Open was held on 26-30th December at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250.
The Open Section was a 9-round Swiss event with 78 participants held over 5-days (December 26-30).
There was a huge tie for the first place as eight players finished the tournament with 6,5/9 points each. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili won the $300 bonus for the best tie-break score on the top of $2660 regular prize.
Open section final standings:
1-8. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2578 NY, GM Yi Wei 2604 CHN, GM Sergey Erenburg 2625 VA, GM Timur Gareev 2650 CA, GM Aleksandr Shimanov 2650 RUS, GM Varuzhan Akobian 2625 KS, GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2549 NY and IM Chen Wang 2503 CHN – 6.5 ($2660 each)
9-13. GM Sam Shankland 2602 CA, IM Joshua Ruiz 2391 COL, GM Enrico Sevillano 2485 GM, FM Razvan Preotu 2330 ON and IM Artiom Samsonkin 2413 ON – 6.0 etc