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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