World Open: Yip and Norovsambuu Win Women’s Open; Kovalyov Is Action Champion

Carissa Yip at the 2017 US Women’s Championship. Photo: Austin Fuller

After the Philadelphia International, the next event in the World Open series is the Women’s Championship.  The last rounds of the International actually overlap with the Women’s Championship, so several players had to make a choice.  The top three seeds in the Women’s Championship chose both as they played the first seven games in the International and then moved to the Women’s.  They were the three favorites to win the top three prizes, and that is exactly what happened – though perhaps not exactly how one might have predicted.

FM Carissa Yip was having an average International at 3 ½ out of 7 and was unlikely to make a norm, so she withdrew from that event and entered the Women’s as the top seed.  She was over 200 points higher rated than second seeded Tsogsaikhan Saikhanchimeg.  However, Saikhanchimeg is fresh off winning the US Women’s Open with a 5-0 score, and these players drew in round two of the international, so the result was not a foregone conclusion.

The third seed in the Women’s event is Badamkhand Norovsambuu.  Saikhanchimeg and Norovsambuu always planned on playing in the Women’s and signed up for half point byes in the International.  In addition to these three, there were three other well known women over 2000:  Angelica Chen, Sandhya Goli, and Aasa Dommalapati as well as WIM Shernaz Kennedy and Rachael Lee among the 19 Women. The 19 entries is roughly the same as last year’s 18 players.  With a $2500 guaranteed prize fund, this is certainly a good value for those who are eligible.

In the first round, there were several surprises.  Second seeded Saikhanchimeg lost to Aviva Smith, and 5th seed Sandhya Goli drew with Katherine Chen. Perhaps because of results like that, Carissa Yip must have been confident in winning the event because she signed up for a last round half point bye, even though she had no other conflict as far as travel or tournament.  In round two, there were more surprises as Saikhanchimeg drew with Rachael Lee and Norovsambuu drew with Michelle Morris.  Carissa Yip played 6th seeded Aasa Dommalapati and won so there were only 2 players t 2-0:  Yip and Angelica Chen.  These two played in round three with Yip winning to be the only 3-0.  At this point, everything was going according to plan for Carissa.

In round four, Carissa ran into a slight problem.  Carissa was 3-0 and was paired with the top 2 1/2: Badamkhand Norovsambuu.  Unfortunately for Carissa, the game ended in a draw.  With Carissa having a last round bye and only being a half point up, Carissa no longer controlled her own destiny.  Any of four players could now win the tournament: Yip, Norovsambuu, Sandhya Goli or Gracy Prasanna.

In the penultimate round, both Yip and Norovsambuu won.  Yip defeated Sandhya Goli while Norovsambuu defeated Gracy Prasanna.  With the half point bye, Yip was now guaranteed a tie for first, but Norovsambuu could catch her by winning the last round.

Norovsambuu won in one of the first games to end, so there would be a tie for first.  The only question would be who would win the plaque on tiebreaks.  Unplayed games normally kill one’s tiebreaks, so I thought for sure Badamkhand would get the plaque.  Badamkhand entered the last round with a big tiebreak edge because of Yip’s unplayed game.  In order for Yip to win on tiebreaks, her opponents would have to all win, and Badamkhand’s opponents would have to all lose.  Amazingly, that is what happened and Yip edged Badamkhand by half a tiebreak point!  Each player though won $750.

Three players tied for third with 4-2.  Gracy Prasanna is under 2000 and took the $300 Under 2000 prize.  Saikhanchimeg Tsogtsaikhan and Angelica Chin split third place winning $125 each.  Diana Suralik and Sarah Yan scored 3-3 to split the under 1700 prize winning $125 each.  Karen Boyd won the $200 Under 1400 prize also with 3 points.  Elena Shtyker won the Under 1200 plaque with 2 points.

Bob Messenger directed for Continental Chess Association.  He was assisted by David Hater, Brian Yang, and  Andy Rea.

The World Open Action Championship was held on July 3rd.  Attendance was disappointing as the prize fund was based on 100 entries, but there were only 45 players.  However, 2/3rd of the prize fund was guaranteed, so there would still be a very good prize fund.

There were four sections: Premier, U2200, U1800, and U1400.  The Premier section round one had 15 players, but 7 were GMs and 1 IM!  This meant in round two GMs were being paired up and from round two on GMs were playing other GMs.  In the last round, GM Max Dlugy got the full point bye!

GM Anton Kovalyov scored a perfect 6-0 to take the $667 first prize.  He had to beat IM Justin Sarkar, GM Bilel Bellahcene, GM Tigran Petrosian, and GM Max Dlugy enroute to his payday.  GMs Tigran Petrosian and Thal Abergel scored 5-1 to win $266.50 each.

In round two, GM Ballahcene turns in a nice miniature versus Nikhil Kalyanraman.

However, Ballahcene was not as fortunate in round 3 versus Kvalyov.

By round six, half the players withdrew.  Virtually all the players who were not in contention for a prize didn’t play the last round.  That coupled with a 15 player, five round section made for tricky pairings.  In the last round, Kovalyov faced NM Arthur Macaspac and completed his perfect score with this game.

Steve Immitt directed for Continental Chess Association.  He was assisted by Brian Yang and  Andy Rea.

Most of the side events had sub-par attendance this year (perhaps because July 4 falls on a Wednesday), but the side event that typically draws well is the Under 13 year old tournament.  This event was held in four sections: Open, Under 1400, Under 1000, and Under 600.  There were a total of 162 players in these four sections, which was actually an increase from last year.  Part of the reason for the popularity of this event is the winner of each section receives free entry in all CCA events for six months!

The section winners were:


Evan Park on tiebreak over Hersh Singh and Advaith Vijaykumar, 5-1

Under 1400

Indus Boddu, 6-0

Under 1000

Roland Adam, 5 ½ – ½,

Under 1600

Joanna Hou, 6-0

Bob Messenger directed for Continental Chess Association.  He was assisted by Harold Stenzel  and  Harold Scott.

Another small side event is the Monday Quads held on July 2, as a side event which were won by:  Quad 1 Jonathin Chin with 2-1 $60, Quad 2 Kaden Pollard 2 ½ – ½ $60, and Small swiss John Sprague 2 ½ – ½, $60.

The top section of the main event of the World Open begins on July 4th.  You will be able to follow the games on

         Full tournament details including a list of all winners can be seen at

Previous Continental Chess tournaments can be found at the Continental Chess website at


  1. It should be pointed out that Carissa Yip opted for a final round bye in the Women’s Championship after Round 1 when she decided that should would rather hang out with some chess friends than play the last round. This information is according to a family source.

  2. message to MR. GEORGE MIRIJANIAN..SIR THIS IS AMERICA..HOME OF ABSOLUTE FREEDOM WITH ABERRATIONS ADMITTEDLY HAPPENING ..FREEDOM THAT PEOPLE IN OUR HISTORY PAID IN BLOOD FOR…IF MISS CARISSA YIP WISHES TO TALK WITH FRIENDS AND NOT PLAY THE FINAL ROUND THAT IS STRICTLY THE BUSINESS OF MISS CARISSA YIP. Sorry sir you absolutely do not get a pass on this .. you had an awful day when you penned this.People died for CARISSA YIP TO TALK WITH HER FRIENDS without interference or condemnation/humiliation… Thank you everyone for hearing me out.Please remember at all times .. some gave all. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL FOLKS. Jude Acers/ New Orleans. Louisiana

    • Mr. Acers,

      I believe Mr. Mirijanian was simply offering a clarification, not passing judgement. The author of the article stated “Yip must have been confident in winning the event because she signed up for a last round half point bye, even though she had no other conflict as far as travel or tournament.”

      • Dave, you are absolutely correct. I was simply offering a clarification, not criticism of Carissa Yip taking a half-point bye in the final round of the World Open Women Championship. It is clearly evident that Mr. Acers misunderstood, or rather misinterpreted by comment. Mr. Acers’ analytical skill of fully understanding a comment leaves a lot to be desired. He may be good at analyzing chess positions but does not have the same skill in analyzing comments.

        • TO MR.GEORGE MIRIJANIAN FROM JUDE ACERS/NEW ORLEANS..REGARDING THE REMARK THAT I DO NOT HAVE SKILL IN ANALYZING COMMENTS..WELCOME TO THE ALAMO 1815..I WOULD DIE BEFORE I LET YOUR ABSURD AFTERMATH POST MORTEM COMMENTS CRUCIFYING THE YOUNG LADY / FIRST PRIZE WINNIG CHESS PLAYER MISS CARISSA YIP…….RIFT WITH ABSURD FICTIONAL RIDICULE/BIG DADDYISM/HUMILIATION… PASS IN THE NIGHT. I am not stupid. Miss Yip is not too trite, too insignificant to fight for BY A FABULOUSLY LUCKY PERSON LIKE ME WHO IS SO FORTUNATE BEYOND WORDS AGAINST STAGGERING ODDS TO HAVE A GOOD FREE LIFE… NO WAY I GIVE ONE INCH… ALL THE WAY JOSE/LET US THEREFORE ROCK…she is the very essence of HUMAN RIGHTS RIGHT NOW .. Your comments on my analytical ability/dismissing me as just a joke/ the creeps/nuts/weird/WONDERFUL AND ABSOLUTELY CORRECT people at the Alamo who said simply ‘SIR WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR OFFER AND WE KNOW YOU HAVE 10.000 MEN OUT THERE AND WE KNOW WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE BUT SIR..WE AINT MOVING.” THIS IS IT.. THIS IS HOW IT ALL COMES DOWN.THIS IS FREEDOM WHERE THE RUBBER HIT THE ROAD…THE REAL DEAL IN MINIATURE..You had an awful horrible day … You took a cruel. ridiculous “CHEAP SHOT EL SUPREMO” AT A YOUNG LADY AND YOU KNOW IT. Sorry Mr. Mirijanian..there is nothing wrong with the analytical ability of these comments by yours truly/ a creature of many robust rodeos.. the weird /probably nutty Jude Acers..It EVEN FEELS good to defend honor and freedom ..even if you dismiss Miss Yip because that is , make no mistake, what this is about. NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER ..WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO SAY MR. MIRIJANIAN?..TO SELL OUT HER HUMAN DIGNITY/HER RIGHTS..SHE IS JUST SOME LITTLE GIRL CHESS PLAYER…FORGET IT JUDE ..YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW HER JUDE.. WHAT IS IT TO YOU…. MR. MIRIJANIAN .you stand without honor for your “CHEAP SHOT EL SUPREMO”. you made a horrible mistake /admit it /apologize to Miss. Yip. What in the world was going through your mind when you wrote this ABSURD dismissive note of humiliation and ridicule …refuted by your own ABSOLUTELY excellent as usual summaritive journalism just above.. OH WAIT…NOTHING MATTERS.LETS ALL FORGET ABOUT IT. Jude Acers/New Orleans

      • TO MR. DAVID COUTURE FROM JUDE ACERS OF NEW ORLEANS…I thank you for your most courteous note.The ABSOLUTELY ACCURATE REPORT repeated WORD FOR WORD BY YOU FROM THE JOURNALISTIC BODY of Mr Mirijanian’S EXCELLENT SUMMARITIVE FEISTY AND INTERESTING ARTICLE stand alone. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WARNING /NO CITATION OF THE MURDEROUS NASTY “EL CHEAPO SUPREMO’ that followed in Mr. Mirijanian post mortem below the article..a ruthless humiliation/dismissal /denial of a young womans human rights AS SHOWN BY TAKING A PERFECTLY LEGAL IN ADVANCE BYE.. WINNING THE TOURNEY IN THE PROCESS AS MATTERS REMARKABLY LATER DEVELOPED. I ask you Mr. Couture…what am I to do ..SELL THE YOUNG LADY CHESS PLAYER DOWN THE RIVER FOR PIECES OF SILVER/as if she does not matter is too insignificant?? …. as if her rights TO DECENT FAIR TREATMENT do not matter. Miss Yip like Grandmaster Susan Polgar long ago..has done nothing wrong and followed the rules. Mr. Mirijanians remark will follow Miss Yip as long as she lives… after being told that my analytical abilities of his comments are suspect I decided share up close and personal my analysis with Mr. Mirijanian in a final savage unforgiving/ no retreat /no surrender letter today. Jude Acers/New Orleans * (I WOULD LIKE THANK THE US CHESS FEDERATION FOR ALLOWING ME TO PRINT MY HONEST FEELINGS/VIEWPOINT UNCENSORED..LET ALL SPEAK…FREEDOM MAKES YOU STRONG…let all the birds sing! )

        • Mr. Acers, I know Miss Carissa Yip very well and I think very highly of her. If she got to know the “real Jude Acers,” it would not take her long to come to the conclusion that the comments made by such an individual are those of a raving maniac. She would also quickly learn that this raving maniac cannot really be a serious chess player, for he has not played a USCF-rated game in nearly 5 years. Serious chess players stay active. They play rated chess more than they blabber ad nauseam.

  3. Good to see that Jude Acers is still alive and well. I played him in the early 70s when he came to Fort Lauderdale FL and gave a simultaneous exhibition (at the Coral Ridge mall as I recall), while I was still in high school. Of course I got crushed.

    Wayne B

    Chandler AZ

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