GM Varuzhan Akobian wins World Chess Open in Armageddon play-off

The 41st Annual World Open was held on June 29th – July 7th, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia.

A 10-way tie for first place in the Open Section led to an Armageddon play-off game between the two players with the best tie-break scores.

This game was contested by GM Quesada Yuniesky, with white, against GM Varuzhan Akobian. Yuniesky had 5 minutes to Akobian’s 3 minutes and draw odds. The play-off game finished in a draw and GM Varuzhan Akobian became the 2013 World Open Champion.

Varuzhan Akobian

Varuzhan Akobian

Each of the players joined on the top earned around 3900 USD.

This year’s World Open has attracted around 1200 players. The Open Section had 114 participants, among them 30 Grandmasters. Last year winner was GM Ivan Sokolov.

Open Section final standings:

1-10. GM Varuzhan Akobian 2612 KS, GM Quesada Yuniesky 2639 CUB, GM Lazaro Bruzon 2689 CUB, GM Viktor Laznicka 2684 CZE, GM Sergey Erenburg 2615 PA, GM Tamaz Gelashvili 2572 GEO, GM Parimarjan Negi 2634 IND, GM Alejandro Ramirez 2583 TX, GM Yury Shulman 2542 IL and GM Conrad Holt 2531 KS – 6.5

11-16. GM Vadim Milov 2643 SUI, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2588 GEO, GM Alex Shabalov 2553 PA, GM Victor Mikhalevski 2552 ISR, GM Marc T Arnold 2525 NY and GM Alexander Fishbein 2504 NJ – 6.0

17-28. GM Ray Robson 2628 MO, GM Sam Shankland 2601 CA, GM Magesh Panchanathan 2583 IND, GM Zviad Izoria 2574 NY, GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2548 NY, IM Mackenzie S Molner 2501 AZ, IM Irina Krush 2480 NY, IM Leonid Gerzhoy 2469 CAN, IM Kayden W Troff 2427 UT, IM Bindi Cheng 2406 ON, IM Bogdan Vioreanu 2404 ROU and FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti 2368 ID – 5.5 etc

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