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World Open 2000

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GM Blatny Rolls Over GM Wojtkiewicz. Stands Alone at 4-0

Blatny

 

Grandmaster Pavel Blatny defeated GM Alek Wojtkiewicz with the Black pieces in the fourth round (7 Day Schedule) to take the lead at the World Open with a perfect 4-0 score.  Blatny sacrificed a knight on his 26th move and, essentially, ended the game. Wojtkiewicz resigned 5 moves later. 

Wojtkiewicz

 

Several players are in contention in the 5 day schedule to match Blatny's score and no one knows who will show up for the the 3 day schedule yet.  The insanity begins tomorrow as hundreds of players arrive for the 3 day schedule and dozens more re-enter. 

To see Blatny's win, go to the live games page (for now).

Here are some players participating in the 7-Day and 5-Day Schedules

Serper*

Yermolinsky*

Ehlvest*

Benjamin*

Novikov*

Shabalov*

Goldin**
 

Atalik

Fedorowicz

Ivanov

Ashley
   

*1999 Co-Winners (Serper won playoff). **1998 Winner

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