Kamsky wins 34th World Open Chess Championship
06.07.06: Former FIDE world championship finalist Gata Kamsky won the 34th Annual World Open in Philadelphia. Nine players had tied for the first position with 7.0/9 each. A tiebreak playoff between Kamsky and Vadim Milov decided the winner of the championship this year. There were 46 GMs, 26 IMs and 5 WGMs in the main group. The 34th Annual World Open took place in the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, Philadelphia from June 28 to July 4, 2006. It was a nine round Swiss, with 40 moves in 2 hours and then the rest in one hour. The total prize fund for the event was $300,000. The top prizes for the Open Section were $28,000, $13,000, $7,000, $3,000, etc. Since nine players tied for first place, the prizes were evenly split and everyone basically got $6,000.