2019 Chicago Open
|2019 Chicago Open|
|Edited by||Chris Ray and Jacob Reed, with Alston Boyd, Will Holub-Moorman, Wonyoung Jang, Michael Kearney, Jonathan Magin, and Sriram Pendyala|
|Champion||Zazu in the Petco (Adam S. Fine, Auroni Gupta, Jakob Myers, and Clark Smith),|
|Runner-up||Fianna Failsons (Mike Bentley, Matt Bollinger, Mike Cheyne, and Shan Kothari)|
|Third||Hackers and Slackers (Jordan Brownstein, Jaimie Carlson, Ophir Lifshitz, and Eric Mukherjee)|
|Fourth||Old, British, Both, or Neither (Joey Goldman, Jason Golfinos, John Lawrence, and Mike Sorice)|
|High scorer||Jordan Brownstein, Hackers and Slackers|
The 2019 Chicago Open was won by Zazu in the Petco (Adam S. Fine, Auroni Gupta, Jakob Myers, and Clark Smith), who defeated Fianna Failsons (Mike Bentley, Matt Bollinger, Mike Cheyne, and Shan Kothari) in the first game of an advantaged final. Hackers and Slackers (Jordan Brownstein, Jaimie Carlson, Ophir Lifshitz, and Eric Mukherjee) took third place.
As usual, Jordan Brownstein led the field in scoring and powers. Somewhat unusually, the winning team featured two undergraduates (Myers and Smith) and three players who had never won a CO before.
Like the previous iteration, the tournament was held in Evanston.
The set was generally well-received, in particular for its substantially lower difficulty than in previous years. The experiment with a "Modern World" distribution was particularly praised, while some of the science history questions (another experiment) had a more mixed reception.
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