20th North American Open

Grandmasters Jiri Stocek and Giorgi Kacheishvili share the first place

The 20th North American Open was played from 26th to 29th December 2010 at Bally’s Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The prize fund of $120,000 was distributed through seven tournament sections, while $10000 was reserved for the winner of the top Open section.

Czech GM Jiri Stocek, having the lead going into the final round, secured a draw against GM Alex Shabalov to ensure himself at least a share of 1st place, finishing with 6/7. Six players had a chance to catch Stocek but only New York resident, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, was able to do so after beating overnight leader GM Josh Friedel. Kacheishvili had the higher tie-breaks of the two winners and took home $7,800 while Stocek collected $7,597.

Jiri Stocek

Jiri Stocek (photo courtesy of Vladimir Jagr)

Final standings (Open 7 rounds, uscf ratings listed):

1-2. GM Jiri Stocek 2647 CZE and GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2617 GEO – 6.0

3-9. GM Ilya Smirin 2767 ISR, GM Varuzhan Akobian 2704, GM Alexander Shabalov 2658, GM Nikola Mitkov 2576, GM Mesgen Amanov 2553, IM Marc Tyler Arnold 2512 and Gregory Young 2328 – 5.5

10-19. GM Loek Van Wely 2729 NED, GM Joshua Ed Friedel 2554, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2550 RUS, GM Dmitry Gurevich 2524, IM Sidd Ravichandran 2511, FM John Daniel Bryant 2500, IM Jake Kleiman 2453, IM Vladimir Mezentsev 2380, David Ala Zimbeck 2333 and Arun Sharma 2298 – 5.0 etc

GM Giorgi Kacheishvili was sole winner in the 18th tournament in 2008, while last year Varuzhan Akobian, Joshua Friedel, Victor Mikhalevski, Alexander Shabalov and Alex Yermolinsky shared the first place.

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