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1999 World Open
Photo Essay
Open Section Winners

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GM Pal Benko provided game analysis for players and is shown here next to the famous Benko Gambit FM Milees Ardaman playing white against GM Vladimir Akopian in Tournament of Champions
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Armenian GM Akopian from the same game as above in the Tournament of Champions The two winners of the Tournament of Champions, GMs Akopian and Jaan Ehlvest
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GMs Giorgi Kacheishvili and Artashes Minasian sitting next to each other in the Tourn of Champions Ukrainian GM Igor Novikov from Tournament of Champions
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GM Alex Shabalov playing white in the Tournament of Champions Ukrainian GM George Timoshenko from the Tournament of Champions, Ehlvest is next to him
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GMs Yermolinsky and Bologan played in the World Open Two Weekend schedule Bologan is playing black against NM Anna Khan
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GM Bologan defeats Yermolinsky to stand 4-0 in Tow Weekend action The two young winners of the Under 1000 event, Gautam Nagendra (left) edges out Alisa Melekhina, on tiebreaks, both had 7-2 scores.
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NM Steve Winer is playing GM Timoshenko GM Pavel Blatny from the Czech Republic, one of the winners of the World Open Major
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Polish GM Alek Wojtkiewicz playing FM Ardaman from the Major GM Arthur Bisguier, while he lost this game vs GM Igot Novikov, tied for first in the Major
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GM Timoshenko playing white against Virginian Walter Koroljow in the Major Turkish GM Suar Atalik
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Former US Champion GM Joel Benjamin GM Bologan playing white
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GM Alberto David from Luxembourg Estonian GM Jaan Ehlvest
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GM Alex Fishbein sets clock in World Open action US Women's Champion Irina Krush
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GM Alex Ivanov, who was in clear first going into the final round, contemplates first move IM Boris Kreiman
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English GM Tony Miles playing in the US for the first time in many years. GM Novikov with the World Open Chess Cam to the left
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IM Rashid Ziatdinov playing white GM Gennady Sagalchik
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GM Alex Stripunsky GM Atalik as white in serious thinking mode
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1998 WO Champ, GM Alex Goldin from Russia gets set to play FM John Curdo Ask GM John Fedorowicz to smile and you never know what will happen :) GM Serper sits next to him
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NM Macon Shibut from Virginia is playing white against GM Alex Stripunsky Maryland born GM Alex Sherzer playing white
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GM Atalik playing white against GM Novikov Another view from the same game
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One of the ten winners, GM Jaan Ehlvest, who will be playing in the FIDE Championship in Vegas GM Timoshenko, with noted chess photographers Jerome Bibuld (l) and Bill Hook (r) in the background
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GM Alex Ivanov, one of the ten GMs who tied for first in the World Open Open Section. GM Alek Wojtkiewicz wins the WBCA Blitz with a score of 9.5/10 defeating IM Finegold in the final round
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IM Ben Finegold was 8-0 going into the final round, He had never failed to finish first in a WBCA event since 1992 and his 2776 rating was fourth in the world. He finshed third with 8. Jorge Sammour-Hasbun, playing black here against English IM Matthew Turner, finshed second in the Blitz, won the WO Action and did well in the World Open itself