Author: Grant Oen, CCCSA Assistant Director
The Charlotte Chess Center's July 8 G/60 Action Tournament was well-attended by 54 players. The monthly G/60 is always a strong tournament, as the last two events were both won by NMs Daniel Cremisi and Elias "gone but not forgotten" Oussedik. Participants competed for an increased prize fund of $875 spread across three sections: Top, Under 1700, and Under 1200.
The Top section featured 16 players, including four National Masters rated above 2200: Daniel "Joseph" Cremisi (2312), Emmanuel Carter (2259), Shawn Pealer (2253), and Klaus "I drew Bisguier twice" Pohl (2200). There were six Experts and seven Class A and B players to round out the field. They were competing for a $350 prize fund in their section, including $200 for first place.
Cremisi defended his G/60 title, scoring 3.5/4 and clear first place ($200). Tying for second place with three points were Emmanuel Carter, Shawn Pealer, and Mark "Copenhagen" Biernacki, good for $34 each. Austin "Jaiden's brother" Chuang (1718) scored two upsets on his way to the $50 top U1900 class prize.
The highly competitive U1700 section had 17 players with ratings from 1100 to 1700. Danny Cropper (1642) scored the only clean sweep of the day, collecting $175 for his 4/4 result.
William Odom (1657) and Andrew Jiang (1521) both scored 3/4 and $25, while Aarush "who am I playing?" Chugh (1294) received $50 for the under 1500 class prize with 2.5/4.
The largest section of the day was the U1200 section, with 21 players. Henry Chen (1074) and Connor McElroy (unrated) shared first place, each earning $100. Connor earned a first rating of 1428. Tied for third place were Akhil Sompuram (1063), Dhyey Shah (821), Sahana Raghavan (767), Ankit Durbha (640), and Matthew Odom (unrated), with 3 points.
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Until next time,