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World Open Festival Underway in Philly

The 2018 version of the World Open kicked off at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott last week.  Counting blitz and action events, the World Open “Festival” is eighteen separate events over a twelve day period.  The first two events are already in the books, and each section produced a clear winner.

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GM Alexander Ivanov. Photo: St. Louis Chess Club

World Open Preview

When most people think of the World Open they naturally think of the main event – the 9 round Swiss that ends July 4th weekend. However, the World Open is more like a festival and actually includes fifteen separate events over 12 days and features events with prize funds from $500 to the $225,000 main tournament.

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