World Open

42nd Annual World Open
June 30-July 6, 2014

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

GMs Ilya Smirin, Illia Nyzynyk and Conrad Holt tied for 1st-3rd in the Open Section with 7-2; 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, won the game and therefore received the title of 2014 World Open Champion and an additional $254 bonus prize.

Nine norms were earned during the 2014 World Open. Razvan Preotu earned (literally, he played 8 GMs!) 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).

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