Chicago Open

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The CO traveling trophy, introduced in 2014, as held by Matt Bollinger.

Chicago Open (or CO) is a summer open tournament held annually at the University of Chicago, generally occurring in the last week of July or first week of August. Its most distinguishing feature is its extremely high difficulty (usually more difficult than the year's ICT or ACF Nationals), which usually makes the Chicago Open set the most challenging of the calendar year.

The first Chicago Open was held in 1999 as the successor to Virginia Open, a similar tournament held at Virginia in 1997 and 1998. After many years under the stewardship of first Andrew Yaphe and then Subash Maddipotti, its editorship has rotated based on the interest and availability of well-regarded editors and players, with each new editor or editing team approved by its predecessor.

A true open tournament, Chicago Open attracts current college players, retired or graduated players, and, occasionally, ambitious high school players. Participants generally play on mixed teams not limited by school affiliation. In recent years, the tournament has been a full round-robin among all participating teams, which can last well into the evening. The combination of the tournament's extreme difficulty and deep field makes the assembly of a winning CO team one of the most challenging accomplishments in quizbowl.

Chicago Open typically occurs alongside several side events; these have included a semi-regular Trash tournament and subject tournaments in science, history, and literature. The number and placement of CO side events is an open question for the future as the main tournament gets longer and more grueling; since 2011, the main tournament has stood alone on Saturday.

In 2014, Andrew Hart introduced a traveling trophy (pictured left), which some member of the winning team gets to keep until the next year's CO is held.

Table of Champions

Tournament Champion Second Place Stats Editor or Writer
1997 Virginia Open ? ? ? Andrew Yaphe (wrote tournament)
1998 Virginia Open Eric Hillemann, Tom Waters Dave Hamilton, John Nam, Julie Singer, Maureen Smith Stats Andrew Yaphe (wrote tournament)
1999 Chicago Open Tom Waters, Albert Whited Eric Hillemann, R. Hentzel Stats Andrew Yaphe (wrote tournament)
2000 Chicago Open R. Hentzel, Eric Hillemann, Emily Pike Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Dave Goodman, Dave Hamilton, John Nam ? Andrew Yaphe & Subash Maddipoti (editors)
2001 Chicago Open Andrew Yaphe, Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Dave Hamilton, Mike Angel Adam Kemezis, Paul Litvak, Ben Heller, Noel Erinjeri ? Subash Maddipoti (editor)
2002 Chicago Open Eric Hillemann, R. Hentzel, Emily Pike Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Paul Litvak, Ryan McClarren, Ed Cohn ? Subash Maddipoti (wrote tournament)
2003 Chicago Open Chris Borglum, Kelly McKenzie, Raj Dhuwalia, Seth Kendall Paul Litvak, Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Andrew Yaphe, Ben Heller ? Subash Maddipoti (wrote tournament)
2004 Chicago Open Jeff Hoppes, Seth Teitler, Andrew Yaphe, Paul Litvak Mike Sorice, Matt Weiner, Sudheer Potru, Andrew Ullsperger [1] Subash Maddipoti (editor)
2005 Chicago Open Mike Sorice, Andrew Ullsperger, Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Matt Weiner Seth Teitler, Andrew Yaphe, Adam Kemezis, Wesley Matthews Stats Subash Maddipoti (wrote tournament)
2006 Chicago Open Dave Rappaport, Will Turner, Matt Lafer, Andrew Yaphe Ryan Westbrook, Eric Kwartler, Jerry Vinokurov, Charles Meigs Stats Chris Romero & Ezequiel Berdichevsky (editors)
2007 Chicago Open Sudheer Potru, Mike Sorice, Andrew Ullsperger, Matt Weiner Matt Lafer, Ray Luo, Jerry Vinokurov, Ryan Westbrook Stats Seth Teitler (editor)
2008 Chicago Open Jonathan Magin, Eric Mukherjee, Jerry Vinokurov, Matt Weiner Selene Koo, Mike Sorice, Seth Teitler, Andrew Yaphe Stats Ryan Westbrook (head editor)
2009 Chicago Open Andrew Hart, Rob Carson, Brendan Byrne, Matt Weiner Ted Gioia, Dallas Simons, Jerry Vinokurov, Eric Mukherjee Stats Eric Kwartler (head editor), Gautam Kandlikar, Trevor Davis, Wesley Matthews, Trygve Meade
2010 Chicago Open Dallas Simons, Richard Mason, Kevin Koai, Matt Weiner Bruce Arthur, Seth Teitler, Selene Koo, Jonathan Magin Stats Jerry Vinokurov (head editor), Shantanu Jha, Hannah Kirsch, Andy Watkins
2011 Chicago Open Andrew Hart, Jeff Hoppes, Selene Koo, Seth Teitler Matt Weiner, Matt Bollinger, John Lawrence, Gautam Kandlikar Stats Ryan Westbrook et al (editors)
2012 Chicago Open Matt Bollinger, Eric Mukherjee, John Lawrence, Chris Ray four-way tie; by PPG Jeff Hoppes, Gautam Kandlikar, Andrew Hart, Mike Sorice [2] Ryan Westbrook and Mike Bentley (head editors)
2013 Chicago Open John Lawrence, Jeff Hoppes, Seth Teitler, Selene Koo four-way tie; by PPG Rob Carson, Auroni Gupta, Ike Jose, Jerry Vinokurov [3] Matt Bollinger (head editor), Kevin Koai, lots of science people, Matt Jackson
2014 Chicago Open Matt Bollinger, Evan Adams, Tommy Casalaspi, Eric Mukherjee Matt Jackson, John Lawrence, Matt Weiner, Billy Busse [4] Andrew Hart (head editor), Ike Jose, Los Dos Kandlikars, Austin Brownlow, Jacob Reed
2015 Chicago Open Matt Jackson, Matt Bollinger, Auroni Gupta, Tommy Casalaspi Jordan Brownstein, John Lawrence, Seth Teitler, Selene Koo [5] Jerry Vinokurov, Eric Mukherjee, Aaron Rosenberg, Zeke Berdichevsky, Jonathan Magin, and Rebecca Maxfield
2016 Chicago Open Jordan Brownstein, Eric Mukherjee, Will Nediger, Jacob Reed tie; by PPG Auroni Gupta, Ike Jose, Brian McPeak, Chris Ray Stats John Lawrence, Matt Jackson, Mike Cheyne, Aaron Rosenberg, Adam Silverman, Mike Bentley, Jake Sundberg, and Shan Kothari

Victories by Player

Number of Victories Players
One Win Albert Whited, Dave Hamilton, Mike Angel, Chris Borglum, Kelly McKenzie, Raj Dhuwalia, Seth Kendall, Paul Litvak, Will Turner, Dave Rappaport, Matt Lafer,Sudheer Potru, Jerry Vinokurov, Jonathan Magin, Brendan Byrne, Rob Carson, Dallas Simons, Richard Mason, Kevin Koai, Chris Ray, Evan Adams, Auroni Gupta, Matt Jackson, Jordan Brownstein, Will Nediger, Jacob Reed
Two Wins Tom Waters, R. Hentzel, Emily Pike, Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Mike Sorice, Andrew Ullsperger, Andrew Hart, Selene Koo, John Lawrence, Tommy Casalaspi
Three Wins Eric Hillemann, Andrew Yaphe, Jeff Hoppes, Seth Teitler, Matt Bollinger
Four Wins Eric Mukherjee
Five Wins Matt Weiner