GM Ilya Smirin winner of World Open

Ilya Smirin

GM Ilya Smirin

The 42nd Annual World Open was held on June 30-July 6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia.

Grandmasters Ilya Smirin, Illya Nyzynyk and Conrad Holt tied for 1st-3rd in the Open Section with 7 points, winning $9,891 each.

In order of tiebreaks Ilya Smirin was 1st, Illia Nyzhnyk was 2nd and Conrad Holt was 3rd. The top two on tiebreaks played a special Armageddon blitz playoff, white had 5 minutes, black had 3 minutes and draw odds (a 5-second delay was used). Smirin had the best tiebreaks of the three, chose white and won the game and therefore the title of 2014 World Open Champion.

Replay games

Nine norms were earned during the 2014 World Open. Razvan Preotu earned a GM norm while IM norms were earned by Sean Nagle, Christopher Gu (3rd), Atulya Shetty, Mike Brattain, Ethan Li, Kevin Wang, Denys Shmelov (3rd) and Kassa Korly (3rd).

Open section final standings (95 players):

1-3. GM Ilya Smirin 2647 ISR, GM Illya Nyzhnyk 2628 UKR and GM Conrad Holt 2556 KS – 7.0

4-7. GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2655 CUB, GM Sergei Azarov 2617 BLR, GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2593 NY and GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami 2586 IRI – 6.5

8-13. GM Gata Kamsky 2717 NY, GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2696 CUB, GM Viktor Laznicka 2679 CZE, GM Yuri Gonzalez Vidal 2546 CUB, GM Mark Paragua 2506 PHI and FM Sean Nagle 2411 MN – 6.0

14-26. GM Timur Gareev 2640 NV, GM Anton Kovalyov 2636 CAN, GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez 2592 CUB, GM Yury Shulman 2568 IL, GM Oliver Barbosa 2561 PHI, GM Alonso Zapata 2481 COL, IM Panchevski Filip 2481 MKD, IM Priyadharshan Kannappan 2433 IND, FM Kassa Korley 2412 NY, FM Denys Shmelov 2393 UKR, IM Farai Mandizha 2386 ZIM, FM Razvan Preotu 2341 CAN and Ethan Li 2165 AZ – 5.5 etc

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