Charlotte Chess Center Hosts Largest Norm Invitational in U.S. History

The largest norm Round Robin invitational in U.S. history is underway at the Charlotte Chess Center (CCC). Taking place from November 18 to 22, the event consists of six concurrent ten-player Round Robins. Ten GMs join the norm-seekers in the three GM norm sections, and in total over half of the 60 participants already hold either a GM or IM title.  

Before jumping into the halftime report, recognition needs to be given to International Organizer Peter Giannatos and International Arbiter Grant Oen. This is the 29th norm invitational to be held at the CCC, and it is the start of an ambitious ten-day stretch of tournaments for the regional chess hub.

Image
Arbiters
Image Caption
Arbiter team (from left): NA Bryan Tillis, IA Maya Myers, IA Shohreh Bayat, IA IO Peter Giannatos, IA IO Grant Oen (courtesy Charlotte Chess Center)

 

The day after the invitationals conclude will be the start of the US Masters, which currently boasts 30 GMs and 40 IMs as competitors. For the cherry (cranberry?) on top, hundreds more players will join the foray for the North Carolina Open November 25 to 27.

The GM A group is currently lead by four players on 2½/4: GM Titas Stremavicius, GM Razvan Preotu, IM Dimitar Mardov, and FM Jakub Fus.

 

Image
crosstable

 

Here is a first-round theoretical clash in the London System by two of the norm-seekers.

 

Image
Kaliksteyn-shmelov
Image Caption
courtesy Charlotte Chess Center

 

 

The GM B group has two clear leaders at halftime with IM Irakli Beradze and IM Justus Williams leading the pack. Williams, despite arriving nearly a full day late to the event, is on a tear with 2½/3 with a make-up game against FM Bach Ngo scheduled for the rest day.

 

Image
crosstable

 

One of the youngest participants in the event, IM Andy Woodward, is showing good form. Here is a strong game against veteran GM Mark Paragua in a colors-reversed Benoni.

 

Image
Woodward-Paragua
Image Caption
courtesy Charlotte Chess Center

 

 

Home-grown Charlotte native IM Tianqi Wang is currently the sole leader of GM C with 3½/4. 

 

Image
crosstable

 

Image
wang
Image Caption
courtesy Charlotte Chess Center

 

Closely on his heels is FM Max Gedajlovic, who played a fantastic positional game in a solid Queen’s Gambit.

 

 

Image
Gedajlovic
Image Caption
courtesy Charlotte Chess Center

 

 

 

In IM D there are three players at the top: IM Tamas Petenyi, FM Alice Lee, and FM Ryan Amburgy.

 

Image
crosstable

 

Image
Lee
Image Caption
courtesy Charlotte Chess Center

 

Two are at the top of IM E: Grayson Rorrer and FM Liam Putnam. Rorrer showed excellent theoretical knowledge in a rare sideline of the Sicilian Taimanov, concluding the game with a beautiful tactic.

 

Image
crosstable

 

 

Veteran GM Gabor Nagy and norm-seeker Julian Proleiko lead IM F with 3½/4.

 

Image
crosstable

 

There are many players still in contention for norms with many instructive moments in these high quality games. Live action from the even can be followed here. It is not too late to register for the US Masters or the NC Open.

We leave the reader with six selected tactics from the event.

 

 

Stay tuned for a follow-up report to find out how many players earned norms.

 

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.

Plain Text Comments

Archives

Share Your Feedback

We recently completed a website update. If you notice a formatting error on this page, please click here.