The 22nd Annual North American Open was held on 26-30th December at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.
GM Timur Gareev finished with an undefeated 8.0/9, a full point ahead of his nearest rival, to convincingly claim the title of North American Open Champion along with a prize of nearly $10,000 for his efforts throughout the week.
FM John Bryant finished in 2nd place with 7.0/9, scoring a GM norm in the process, to claim a prize of $4704. Bryant earlier signed a GM norm at the World Open and shared the first place in 113th United States Open Chess Championship.
IM Zhanibek Amanov also scored a GM norm, finishing in a group of four players with 6.5/9, as well as taking the U2500 prize. FMs Yian Liou and Michael Bodek both scored IM norms.
Open section final standings:
1. GM Timur Gareev 2660 TX – 8.0 ($9690.00)
2. FM John Bryant 2416 CA – 7.0 ($4704.00)
3-6. GM Chao Li 2670 CHN, GM Sam Shankland 2595 CA, GM Alejandro Ramirez 2554 TX ($1474.00 each) and IM Zhanibek Amanov 2359 KAZ ($2352.00) – 6.5
7-12. GM Sergey Erenburg 2637 ISR, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2602 NY, GM Joshua Friedel 2494 NH, GM Dmitry Gurevich 2485 IL, GM Arthur Chibukhchian 2448 ARM and FM Yian Liou 2352 CA ($715.40 each) – 6.0 etc
The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250.
The prize fund was slightly reduced from the projected $120,000 (based on 600 entries), but still remained well above the basic $90,000 guaranteed.