Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring 2018 GM/IM/Junior Norm Invitational Preview



Author: Grant Oen, CCCSA Assistant Director



This Spring's GM/IM Norm Invitational will be our fifth Invitational tournament - our first four events have produced 12 FIDE title norms.  There will be twenty players, among them 3 GMs, 9 IMs, 5 FMs, and 3 NMs, each rated over 2300 USCF.  Fourteen of these players will be competing to earn their title norms and titles.  The average rating is 2375 FIDE and 2460 USCF!

Here are the players:

GM Section


GM Tanguy Ringoir (Belgium, FIDE 2541, USCF 2614)
·         Best Wins: 2600+ GMs Lenic, Najer, Georgiev, Ganguly, and Durarbayli
·         Fourth highest rated player in Belgium
·         Represented Belgium twice at the World Chess Olympiad
·         3 time Belgian National Champion
·         Member, UMBC Chess Team
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =3rd place – 5.5/9 (November 2017 GM); 1st place – 7.5/9 (March 2017 GM); =3rd place – 5.0/9 (March 2016)
·         Wikipedia page



IM Michael Brown (California, FIDE 2497, USCF 2588)
·         Best Wins: 2600+ GMs Yu Yangyi, Almasi, Bachmann, Akobian, Bok, Zherebukh, Izoria, Avrukh
·         #9 under 21 in the USA, #39 overall in the USA
·         2 GM norms
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: 2nd place – 6.0/9 (March 2017 GM); =3rd place – 5.0/9 and IM norm (March 2016 GM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for final GM norm and GM title

IM Michael Brown will seek to complete his GM title in Charlotte


GM Ashwin Jayaram (India, FIDE 2484, USCF 2576)
·         Best Wins: 2600+ GMs Swiercz, Negi, Fedorov, Petrosian, Volkov, Svetushin
·         #39 in India
·         Former member, Webster University Chess Team
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =6th place – 4.0/9 (March 2016 GM)


Indian GM Ashwin Jayaram


IM Steven Zierk (California, FIDE 2482, USCF 2543)
·         Best Wins: GMs Azarov, Van Wely, Sadorra, Georgiev, Erenburg, Stripunsky, Huschenbeth
·         #59 overall in the USA
·         2 GM norms
·         2010 World Under 18 Champion
·         MIT Graduate
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =5th place – 4.0/9 (January 2018 GM); 5th place – 4.5/9 (March 2016 GM)
·         Wikipedia page
·         Needs 6.5/9 for final GM norm and GM title


IM John Bartholomew (Minnesota, FIDE 2477, USCF 2575)
·         Best Wins: GMs Sethuraman, Shabalov, Lenderman, Becerra, Urkedal, Rambaldi, Paragua
·         #50 overall in the USA
·         1 GM norm
·         Former member, UT Dallas Chess Team
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: 1st place – 6.0/9 (January 2018 GM); =3rd place – 4.5/9 (March 2017 GM)
·         Famous youtuber
·         Needs 6.5/9 for second GM norm


IM John "fins" Bartholomew will return to Charlotte for a third Invitational


GM Denes Boros (Hungary, FIDE 2429, USCF 2500)
·         Best Wins: GMs So, Meier, Nyzhnyk, Bruzon, Naroditsky, Mamedov, Stukopin, Shulman, Dragun, Friedel, Vovk, Amin
·         #50 overall in Hungary
·         2016 St Louis Club Co-champion
·         Represented Hungary at European Team Championships and a Gold Medal at the 2003 U16 World Chess Olympiad
·         Former member, Webster University Chess Team
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =8th place – 3.5/9 (November 2017 GM)
·         Wikipedia page


IM Craig Hilby (California, FIDE 2419, USCF 2549)
·         Best Wins: GMs Gelashvili, Quesada Perez, Shabalov, Sevillano, Mikhalevski, Macieja, Holt
·         #3 age 17 in USA, #62 overall in USA
·         First event in Charlotte
·         Needs 6.5/9 for first GM norm

IM Craig Hilby will seek his first GM norm


IM Kassa Korley (Denmark, FIDE 2385, USCF 2477)
·         Best Wins: GMs Dreev, Ganguly, Zherebukh, Stripunsky, Shabalov, Gelashvili, Hector, Danielsen, Kekelidze
·         #26 in Denmark
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =8th place – 3.5/9 (January 2018 GM); =6th place – 4.0/9 (March 2016 GM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for first GM norm


IM Philip Wang (California, FIDE 2380, USCF 2474)
·         Best Wins: GMs Akobian, Boros
·         #99 overall in USA
·         First event in Charlotte
·         Needs 6.5/9 for first GM norm

California's IM Philip Wang


FM Brandon Jacobson (New Jersey, FIDE 2329, USCF 2454)
·         Best Wins: GMs Kacheishvili, Stripunsky, Glek, Burke, Hevia, Kudrin, Rohde
·         #2 fourteen year old in USA, #5 blitz rating under 16 in USA, #1 quick rating under 16 in USA
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: 10th place – 2.5/9 (January 2018 GM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for first GM norm or 4.5/9 for first IM norm



IM Section


IM Felix Ynojosa Aponte (Venezuela, FIDE 2390, USCF 2471)
·         Best Wins: GMs Smeets, Belous, Vasquez Schroeder, Ortiz Suarez, Dragun, Kaidanov, Fontaine, Cori
·         #8 in Venezuela
·         Represented Venezuela in 2012 and 2014 World Chess Olympiads
·         Member, UT Rio Grande Valley Chess Team
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: 1st place – 7.0/9 (March 2018 IM)

Venezuelan IM Felix Ynojosa Aponte will return to Charlotte for a second event



John Ludwig (Florida, FIDE 2388, USCF 2459)
·         Best Wins: GMs Becerra, Sevillano, Mitkov
·         #8 age 17 in USA
·         2 IM norms
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =2nd place – 5.0/9 (November 2017 IM); =1st place – 6.5/9 and IM norm (March 2017 IM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for final IM norm and IM title



IM Roberto Martin del Campo (Mexico, FIDE 2357, USCF 2429)
·         Best Wins: GMs Adly, Agdestein, Becerra, Zapata, Kunte, Gurevich, Sisniega, Kudrin, Browne
·         #10 in Mexico
·         Represented Mexico at four World Chess Olympiads
·         1985 Mexican Junior Champion
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =2nd place – 5.0/9 (November 2017 IM); =7th place – 4.0/9 (March 2017); =1st place – 6.5/9 (March 2016 IM)
·         Wikipedia page

IM Roberto Martin del Campo


FM/WIM Annie Wang (California, FIDE 2321, USCF 2382)
·         Best Wins: IMs Kiewra, Ruiz, Ynojosa Aponte, Peters, WGMs Foisor and Abrahamyan
·         #1 fifteen year old girls in USA, #8 women overall in USA, #1 blitz rating for girls under 21 in USA
·         Gold Medal, 2017 World Girls U16 Championship
·         First event in Charlotte
·         Needs 6.5/9 for IM norm or 6.0/9 for WGM norm




FM Gauri Shankar (India, FIDE 2315, USCF 2417)
·         Best Wins: GMs Lenderman, Barbosa, Gurevich, Zapata
·         #9 player in Illinois
·         Has played in every Charlotte Invitational
·         5 IM norms
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =5th place – 4.0/9 (January 2018 GM); =2nd place – 5.0/9 (November 2017 IM); =3rd place – 4.5/9 and IM norm (March 2017 IM); =5th place – 4.5/9 (March 2016 IM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for sixth IM norm



FM Christopher Yoo (California, FIDE 2293, USCF 2334)
·         Best Wins: GM Preotu, IMs Patel, Priyadharshan, Wheeler, Stopa, Young, Cernousek, Sukandar, Matikozian, de Guzman
·         #2 eleven year old in USA, #1 player by FIDE rating under 12 in North America, #6 player by FIDE rating under 12 in the World, former youngest National Master in the United States
·         1 IM norm
·         Became National Master at 9 years old; became FIDE Master and 2017 North American Under 16 Champion at 10 years old
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: 8th place – 4.0/9 (November 2017 IM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for second IM norm

11-year-old Christopher Yoo will play for his second IM norm


Tianqi Wang (North Carolina, FIDE 2291, USCF 2368)
·         Best Wins: GMs Barbosa, Benjamin, IMs Javakhadze, Katz, Montalvo, Martin Del Campo, Brodsky
·         #60 American player under 21, #46 American player by blitz rating under 21
·         1 IM norm from March 2017 CCCSA IM Invitational
·         Has won almost every title in North Carolina
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: 5th place – 5.0/9 (January 2018 IM); =1st place – 6.5/9 and IM norm (March 2017 IM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for second IM norm



IM Angelo Young (Philippines, FIDE 2260, USCF 2302)
·         Best Wins: GMs Caruana, Shabalov, Van Wely, Holt, Fedorowicz, Blehm, Barcenilla, Fishbein, Ashley, Yang, Shankland, Yudasin, Arbakov, Zaitchik, Stripunsky, Atalik, Kudrin, Finegold, Corrales Jimenez, Sevillano, Rohde, Sherzer, Benjamin, Zapata, Amanov, Diamant, Smith, Mitkov, Boros, Mikhalevski, Dzindzichashvili, Ivanov, Perelshteyn, Browne, Blatny, Zapata, Krush, Gurevich
·         Has played in every Charlotte Invitational
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: 8th place – 3.5/9 (January 2018 IM); 9th place – 3.0/9 (November 2017 IM); 7th place – 4.0/9 (March 2017 IM); =5th place – 4.5/9 (March 2016 IM)

CCCSA "Lifer" IM Angelo Young will return to Charlotte for a fifth Invitational


FM Sahil Sinha (Maryland, FIDE 2246, USCF 2355)
·         Best Wins: IMs Balakrishnan, Enkhbat, Brodsky, Kavutskiy, Young, Tate
·         #13 seventeen year old in USA
·         Previous Charlotte Invitational Performances: =2nd place – 5.0/9 (November 2017 IM)
·         Needs 6.5/9 for first IM norm

FM Sahil Sinha


Justin Paul (Virginia, FIDE 2218, USCF 2295)
·         Best Wins: IMs Ostrovskiy, Wang, Mandizha, Zlotnikov, Almeida
·         #10 fourteen year old in USA
·         First event in Charlotte
·         Needs 6.5/9 for first IM norm


There is also a Junior Invitational from Friday – Sunday:
·         Vishnu Vanapalli (NC) – #6 ten year old in USA
·         Drew Justice (GA) – #39 eleven year old in USA
·         Adharsh Rajagopal (NC) – #92 fifteen year old in USA
·         Pradhyumna Kothapalli (NC)
·         Naveen Prabhu (NC) – #65 thirteen year old in USA
·         Ziyang Qiu (NC) – #46 eleven year old in USA
·         Arya Kumar (NC) – #11 thirteen year old girl in USA
·         James Dill (NC) – #62 fourteen year old in USA
·         Austin Chuang (NC)
·         Aasa Dommalapati (VA) – #13 fourteen year old girl in USA
·         Varun Gadi (GA) – #12 nine year old in USA

·         Aditya Shivapooja (NC) – #46 twelve year old in USA



Please come and visit the Invitational, March 28 - April 1!  The event is spectator-friendly - CCCSA members may visit for free while there is a $10 day pass available to everyone else.


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