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By Michael Atkins   
December 22, 2009
EOHotel.jpgA little old...a little new...a lotta new...The 36 Annual Eastern Open (December 27-30) has some of both. Held in the same beautiful hotel, Westin Washington, since 1995 and over the same 4-day period after Christmas, this year's event introduces some changes. The long time organizer David Mehler handed over the reigns to Tom Beckman.

A long time DC expert and chess coach, Tom raised the guaranteed prize fund and introduced some interesting new prizes. Thirty Two Upset Prizes! One per round in each of the top 4 sections. Most Improved Player: $250-150 in each of the top 3 sections, performance rating versus current rating, and won no other section prize.  As Tom says "Play up, play well, and win $." Finally there is the Best Played Game: Open: $100 in each of last 2 Rounds; U2200: $50 in each of last 2 Rounds.  Submitted games must be annotated.  Winners will have games submitted to Chess Life for publication. GM-Elect Alex Lenderman will help annotate and pick the prize winners, I don't know if we'll get a dance but who knows?!

 GM Alex Ivanov will open up this year's even with a simul on Dec 26th, the night before the tournament. You can choose color and opening against the GM, but he has right of refusal if you pick something bad for him. With two Grandmasters and seven International Masters in the advance entries, along with the most advance entries as of this date in a decade (123), it looks to be an exciting tournament. If you need a break from chess for one round, you can visit any of the classic DC sight, many of which are within minutes of the hotel. If you have only a day to play, quads are happening on three of the days and the Eastern Open Blitz on Tues 12/29/09.

Follow the results at http://members.cox.net/tournaments/eo_09.htm. 

Also follow the Pan-American Championships in South Padre Island and the North American Open in Las Vegas (Dec.26-29).

December - Chess Life Online 2009

University of Maryland Balitmore County Wins Pan-Ams! Justus Williams Takes Empire State Five Tie in Vegas; Akobian Top on Tiebreaks Pan-Ams Heat Up with GM vs. GM Action Akobian Leads Going into Vegas's Final DayIppolito Leads Eastern Open Naroditsky Still Perfect in Vegas Three Lead in Vegas after Three RoundsPan-Ams Kick Off in South Padre IslandKosteniuk Spreads Holiday Cheer in Tucson Upsets, Miniatures and Muzak at the North American OpenDan Heisman on the Improving Chess Thinker Holiday Trivia Contest for ICC MembershipsThe Home Team's Perspective on the Pan-Ams Play Up at the Eastern Open USCF News: Update on Email Capabilities Lenderman Dominates the Marshall Chess Club Championship GM Joel on the K-12s: Hail ColumbiaThe Grandmaster House Cheers in Chicago for Gelfand Wearing Two Hats and one Apron: a Volunteer's Perspective on the K-12Todd on the K-12s: The View from Coach's CornerLenderman on Fire at the Marshall! GM Rogers on London: Carlsen Wins; Nakamura Mid-Field Sunday in Dallas: A Chess Dad's DecathlonThe Final Stretch in London: Kramnik or Carlsen Gelfand Captures World Cup Clear Winners and a Women's World Champion at the K-12!All Draws in the World Cup Final; Gelfand and Ponomariov Head to PlayoffNakamura in London: A Loss To McShane GM Rogers on London: Nakamura's Greatest Test A Parent's Perspective on the Way to DallasChampions by a Heartbeat: Krush on the Knights James Black and Raven Sturt Take Blitz Champs Abby Marshall Reflects on the World YouthRound Three in London: Another Draw for NakamuraLondon Round 2: Nakamura Scores Tough Draw vs. AdamsWorld Cup Final Set: Ponomariov vs. GelfandNakamura Close but no Point in London, Round 1 Knights Capture US Chess League Championship! US Chess League Championship Final Tonight! Pairings Set for London Chess ClassicKrush on the Congress: From Worst to FirstGM Joel on the USCL: New Jersey Knocked Out AgainRobert Snyder Captured in Belize Shankland Searches Europe for Third Norm The Scoop on the National Chess Congress: Part II Khachiyan Wins American Open on Tiebreak; Troff Breaks 2200Women's World Champion Kosteniuk on Endgames, Blitz and Coming to DallasThe December Check is in the Mail The Scoop on the National Chess Congress: Part I