June 17, 2011
The National Open is one of America’s longest running, premier open tournaments, first established by Ed Edmondson in the 1960s. Fred Gruenberg and Al Losoff have been responsible for the National Open for more than the past two decades and have built its well-deserved reputation as “The Chess Vacation of the Year,” in recent years. The festival is organised every year in June at Las Vegas with at least a $100,000 Guarantee Prize Fund and a Replica of the Edmondson Cup. The tournament includes nine sections for all strengths and ages. In 2011, the attendance of the National Open was 930 players.
The National Open winners were:
1965 Robert Byrne, Samuel Reshevsky, 1966 Pal Benko, 1968 Pal Benko, 1970 Athur Bisguier and Larry Evans, 1971 Larry Evans, 1972 Walter Browne, David Levy, 1973 Walter Browne, 1974 Arthur Bisguier, 1975 Pal Benko, 1976 Tony Miles, Edward Formanek, 1977 Jaime Sunye Neto, 1978 Arthur Bisguier, 1980 Blocker, 1982 Sergey Kudrin, Kuroda, 1983 Bass, 1984 Walter Browne, 1985 Dimitry Gurevich, 1986 Dimitry Gurevich, 1987 Maxim Dlugy, 1988 Brooks, 1989 Michael Rohde, 1990 Dimitry Gurevich, 1991 Walter Browne, 1992 John Fedoriwicz, 1993 Gata Kamsky, 1994 Walter Browne, 1995 Julian Hodgson, 1996 Alex Ivanov, 1997 Dimitry Gurevich, 1998 Julian Hodgson, 1999 Jaan Ehlvest, 2000 Jaan Ehlvest, 2001 Vladimir Akopian, 2002 Alex Yermolinksy, 2003 Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, 2004 Alex Yermolinksy, 2005 Dimitry Gurevich, 2006 Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, 2007 Hikaru Nakamura, 2008 Gata Kamsky, 2009 Varazhan Akobain and Sevillano, 2010 Timur Gareyev, 2011 Luk Van Wely and Varazhan Akobian.