World Open

GM Jaan Ehlvest of Estonia defeated GM Ilya Smirin of Israel in a playoff game to decide the 2003 World Open Champion. Ten players tied for first place with 7-2 scores, and under the new playoff rules this year, the top two on tiebreak played one game for $500 and the title.

The time limit was white 6 minutes and black 5 minutes, which black having draw odds. As the leader on tiebreak, Ehlvest had choice of color and selected black. Smirin developed an initiative in the game but Ehlvest was able to ward off the attack.

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