NAO 2012

The 22nd Annual North American Open was held at

Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las

Vegas, Nevada Dec.26-30, 2012.

GM Timur Gareev finished with an undefeated 8/9, a

full point ahead of his nearest rival, to

convincingly claim the title of North American Open

Champion along with a prize of nearly $10,000 for

his efforts throughout the week. FM John Bryant

finished in 2nd place with 7/9, scoring a GM norm in

the process, to claim a prize of $4704.

IM Zhanibek Amanov also scored a GM norm, finishing

in a group of four players with 6.5/9, as well as

taking the Under 2500 prize. FMs Yian Liou and

Michael Bodek both scored IM norms