Vik(c)tors Top the World Open
July 5, 2010
loeklaz.jpg22-year-old Czech GM Viktor Laznicka won clear first at the World Open with 7.5/9. Viktor was a point ahead of the field going into the last round, and received the white pieces against GM Loek Van Wely. Van Wely tried a fighting Benoni, but offered a draw in a worse position (before time control.) Surprisingly, Laznicka declined the chance to clinch first ( and the prize money), and played on in a better position. The game ended in a draw anyway.



shenslide.jpgIn the tough Under 2400 section, New Jersey high school senior Victor Shen won clear first with 8/9, making it a good payday for Victors. 

Conrad Holt earned an IM norm, narrowly missing a GM norm by a half point. Tournament Director Walter Brown confirmed that Holt's was the only norm of the event.

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