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Kamsky out-blitzes Adams in World open

Philadelphia
The five-day nine-round event took place from the 28th of June to the 4th of July in Philadelphia. The two 2700+ players finished ahead and then Kamsky beat Adams in a 5 vs. 3 Armageddon game to give him a third title.

Gata Kamsky has already won the World Open on two previous occasions, in 1991 and 2006. That makes three different decades! He and Alex Yermolinsky are the only two players to have won the tournament three times.

Dutchman Loek Van Wely is a regular visitor to Philadelphia, and was the highest-rated of the chasing group on 6.5/7.

Rank Name Title Rating Points
1 Gata Kamsky GM 2741 7.0
2 Michael Adams GM 2726 7.0
3 Loek Van Wely GM 2683 6.5
4 Ilya Smirin GM 2676 6.5
5 P Harikrishna GM 2666 6.5
6 Timur Gareyev GM 2613 6.5
7 Ray Robson GM 2545 6.5
8 Mesgen Amanov GM 2517 6.5
9 Vitali Golod GM 2592 6.0
10 Jaan Ehlvest GM 2583 6.0
11 Giorgi Kacheishvili GM 2582 6.0
12 Victor Mikhalevski GM 2577 6.0
13 Aleksander Lenderman GM 2548 6.0
14 Mikheil Kekelidze GM 2452 6.0
15 Yury Lapshun IM 2442 6.0
16 Puchen Wang IM 2437 6.0

The highest-placed IM, Yury Lapshun, has a familiar name. He co-wrote a book extolling the virtues of 1.b4, although I don't know if this unusual opening featured in his successful run to 6/9!

There were 94 players in the top section of the 2011 edition, which took place in the Sheraton hotel in the city centre. Even in the other sections, the World Open organizers pride themselves on offering big prizes for the successful few.

Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the USA, although it may soon be overtaken by one of the growing metropolis's of the South-West.

Rank City State

2010 census

Population

1 New York New York 8,175,133
2 Los Angeles California 3,792,621
3 Chicago Illinois 2,695,598
4 Houston Texas 2,099,451
5 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,526,006
6 Phoenix Arizona 1,445,632
7 San Antonio Texas 1,327,407
8 San Diego California 1,307,402
9 Dallas Texas 1,197,816
10 San Jose California 945,942

More information from the official site:

http://www.worldopen.com/


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