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World Open 2001

Last Updated: 7/24/01
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Seven Tie for First - Goldin Wins Blitz Playoff!

Goldin

Grandmaster Alexander Goldin has officially won his 2nd World Open in 4 years, but unlike in 1998 when he was the sole winner, he shares first place with 6 other players who also scored 7.0 points: Joel Benjamin, Ilya Smirin, Alexande Onischuk, Yuri Shulman, Leonid Yudasin, and Alexander Ivanov.  GM Goldin also tied for first last year.

Goldin won a blitz playoff against all the co-winners in convincing style (the last round was not needed because he had too big of a lead) to become the official 2001 World Open Champion.

Onischuk

Benjamin

Smirin

Shulman

Yudasin

Ivanov

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-- Five IM norms were made, probably the most for any American tournament in many years: Eli Vovsha, Stanislav Kriventsov, Norman Rogers, Donny Ariel,  and Aaron Pixton.

-- This is the third year in a row that GM Joel Benjamin has been a co-winner of the World Open. He won title via a blitz playoff last year.

-- GM Ivanov started the tournament poorly, losing his 3rd and 5th round games and was seemingly out of contention. But he won his last four games, including a long game against GM Maurice Ashley in the last round, in order to reach the 7.0 mark. Ivanov was a co-winner last year as well.

-- There were three decisive games amongst the top boards with Goldin, Ivanov, and Yudasin winning to secure their place at the top. A number of the draws were hard fought.

-- Except for Ivanov, none of the other co-winners lost a game (all winning 5 and drawing 4)! Ivanov did not draw once!

-- Tournament attendance was up -- 1302 people entered (that includes re-entries).

-- 334 games are now available; more than ever before from a World Open.

Below are the key results in Round 9!

Board

White

Result

Black

1

Yuri Shulman (7.0)

Draw

Ilya Smirin (7.0)

2

A. Onischuk (7.0)

Draw

J. Benjamin (7.0)

3

L. Yudasin

1-0

A. Le Siege

4

A. Goldin (7.0)

1-0

G. Garcia (6.0)

5

J. Hodgson (6.5)

Draw

Y. Gruenfeld (6.5)

6

S. Kriventsov (6.5)

Draw

A. Stripunsky (6.5)

7

A. Chernin

Draw

F. Doettling

8

A. Ivanov

1-0

Maurice Ashley

9

B. Finegold (6.5)

Draw

Emory Tate (6.5)

10

A. Wojtkiewicz (6.0)

Draw

N. Rogers (6.5)

11

J. Fedorowicz (6.5)

1-0

P. Sequera (5.5)

12

P. Blatny (6.5)

1-0

W. Morrison (5.5)

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