- The first New York Open was held on the
July 4th weekend, 1981- at the Casa de Espana in
New York City
- The prizefund was
$36,000, and the tournament was
won by GM Lev Alburt of the
United States, with 300 players
- In 1983, the New York open came back with
an unprecedented prize fund of $100,000, and
created a revolution in tournament chess.
- Up to that time, the
largest tournament prize fund
ever offered in the United States
was $50,000. Thus, the New York
open could be considered the
"father" of all big
money chess tournaments here in
the U.S., and even world wide.
- Unlike other big money chess tournaments,
the New York Open has always been run with the
emphasis on quality. Our goal has always been to
make the best tournament possible, not to just
try and make money.
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