Team USA has arrived in Berlin to participate in the 30th NATO Chess Championship which is being held at Julius Leber Barracks from September 16th to 20th. The top 30 boards of the competition will be broadcast live at https://www.natochess.com/2019/live/index.html. Standings, results, and all games are also available at www.natochess.com.
The USA team consists of:
Second Lieutenant Eigen Wang, U.S. Air Force, USCF 2364, FIDE 2193
Lieutenant Chase Watters, U.S. Navy, USCF 2194, FIDE 2179
Lieutenant Commander Chip Kraft U.S. Navy USCF 2157, FIDE 2050
First Lieutenant Nicholas Oblak U.S. Army USCF 2025, FIDE 2048
Major (select) Gordon Randall U.S. Air Force USCF 2052, FIDE 1975
Petty Officer Enrico Balmaceda U.S. Navy USCF 2120, FIDE 2048
The USA delegation also includes the following players who will play in the event, but their scores cannot count for the official USA team:
Colonel (retired) David Hater U.S. Army USCF 2000, FIDE 1973 Team Captain
Staff Sergeant (retired) John Farrell U.S. Marine Corps USCF 1918, FIDE 1985 Team Administrator
Master Sergeant (retired) Rob Keough U.S. Air Force USCF 2065, FIDE 2108
Colonel Jon Middaugh U.S. Army USCF 1924, FIDE 1918
This is a seven round event. For those who wish to watch the games live, the rounds are at 8 AM local time (2am EDT) Tuesday through Friday and at 2 PM local time (8am EDT) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Team USA is seeded 4th. Nine of our ten players are seeded in the top half. It will be an uphill climb to medal, but we are hopeful!
Colonel Hater will provide a full report to CLO next week.