Holiday Inn-Neenah, Neenah
We did it! The 2013 US Open in Middleton was a smashing success with 514 participants. I especially want to thank the 137 Wisconsinites who participated. There were minimal issues and everyone loved the hotel and Greenway Station neighborhood. While I haven’t seen the final accounting yet, the event, which normally loses money for the USCF and who consider breaking even a good year, should make money this year.
Congratulations to Wisconsin resident GM Josh Friedel who tied for first with 8 points and won the Armageddon playoff for the title and a spot in the 2014 US Championships. Good luck Josh! I also want to congratulate Kenosha’s Scott Haubrich for winning clear first amongst the experts with 7 points.
The 2013 US Open was the first in Wisconsin since 1953. (An earlier one was in 1935.) The Convention Bureau and hotel are interested in a bid for 2018 but we’ll have to wait and see what transpires. The event is booked thru 2016 and there was talk last year of going back to Vancouver, WA for 2017 but the east coast needs to have the event there as it hasn’t been there since 2007.