Las Vegas Chess Festival 2008

GM Gata Kamsky will be the top seeded

The 2008 Las Vegas International Chess Festival will take place June 5
to 8, 2008, in Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. The traditional
event will feature the National Open, the Susan Polgar Championship,
free lectures by many titled players and exciting simuls.

National Open 2008

The 2008 National Open once again offers a $100,000 Prize Fund. It
will be a 6 round Swiss System tournament. The players will be devided
in 8 sections, as the first prize for the Open event is 8000 USD.

The top rated participants in the National Open will be GM Gata Kamsky, GM
Hikaru Nakamura, GM Laurent Fressinet, GM Tigran L Petrosian, GM
Varuzhan Akobian
, GM Atanas Kolev, GM Sergey Erenburg, GM Alex
Yermolinsky and GM Nikola Mitkov.

Varuzhan Akobian square

Varuzhan Akobian (photo by Amiel Rosario)

GM Gata Kamsky and GM Alex Yermolinsky simuls

The top seeded player in the National Open and World Cup holder, GM
Gata Kamsky, will give a Simultaneous exhibition on Thursday at 3:00
p.m.He will face 20 participants.

The rest of the participants will face GM Alex Yermolinsky starting 3:30 p.m.

Players who defeat or draw the Grandmasters will receive autographed prizes.

Gata Kamsky turns 34 on Monday, June 2nd. Happy birthday and best wishes from Chessdom team!

Gata Kamsky square 4

Gata Kamsky

GM Hikaru Nakamura 2007 National Open Champion

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura finished a clear first to take home the
Edmondson Cup and nearly $6,000 in cash. He defeated IM Renier
Gonzalez, who had started the last round with the only perfect score.
IM Gonzalez had defeated 4 Grandmasters before taking on young Hikaru.
His 5 point finish tied him with GM Viktor Kortchnoi, IM Enrico
Sevillano, GM Gregory Serper, IM Josh Friedel and GM Andranik
Matikozyan for second through seventh. Each won over $1,000. Over 700
players participated in the National Open, and almost 200 more played
in various side events.

Sylvia Yang took the trophy in the Susan Polgar World Open for Girls
and Christopher Kao took the Boys’ trophy. More results are available
at the SPF Web Site.

The Susan Polgar Foundation and the Las Vegas International Chess Festival
proudly present the
Susan Polgar World Open Chess Championship for Girls & Boys

* The Susan Polgar World Open Chess Championship for Girls June 7-8

* The Susan Polgar World Open Chess Championship for Boys June 7-8

Scholarships to Texas Tech will be awarded based in part on performance in these events. (Up to $100,000 in scholarships and chess prizes including MonRoi devices. Dr. Hal Karlsson will be on hand to provide information about Texas Tech.)

* The Susan Polgar International Chess Camp (for all ages) June 5

* The Susan Polgar World Open Chess Puzzle Solving Contest for Girls and Boys June 6

* Free lecture by Susan Polgar for all players, as well as accompanying parents and coaches June 6

* A Tandem Simul by Susan Polgar against up to 70 players June 6

* The Susan Polgar World Open Blitz Chess Championship for Girls and Boys June 7

* Parents and Coaches Tournament June 7-8

* Breakfast with Susan June 7

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