Home Page arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2010 arrow January arrow 24th North American Masters Begins
24th North American Masters Begins Print E-mail
By Sevan Muradian   
January 9, 2010
IM Mehmed Pasalic and FM Robby Adamson face off in round 1 of the 24th North American Masters. 

The 24th North American Masters kicked off Friday night beginning the new year of chess with a new tournament format, two new sponsors, and renewed efforts by the norm seekers to achieve their goals.

 The tournament was sponsored by Vince W. Berry Real Estate Services, a commercial real estate service here in Chicago. Vince is a long time chess lover and we are ever thankful for his support of this event. Also sponsoring this and all events in 2010 with technology are DGT Projects of Holland and DGT North America. They have provided us with DGT e-boards and software. Right now, all I've had time to do is record the games in the DGT e-board memory and pull them out in PGN format (real cool!). Next is to use TOMA to broadcast games. Finally the Holiday Inn North Shore Hotel has renewed their sponsorship to us for the tournament venue. The hotel has been sponsoring many chess events such as the North American Masters, the Chicago Blaze US Chess League team, and the first match we organized between IM Krush and IM Mkrtchian.

We see the first appearance in norm tournament play of newly minted IM Florin Felecan, who scored his three IM norms all in this tournament series and the top seed of the tournament with a 2430 FIDE rating. Joining Florin are fellow IM's Mehmed Pasalic and Arjun Vishnuvardhan. If you remember Mehmed was the first player to achieve all 3 IM norms in this tournament series. Can you name the only other player that has done this feat?

Our norm hunters come in the form of two local players and one import from sunny Arizona. Our local players are Jon L. Burgess (who plays for England) who has played twice before with good results, Gauri Shankar (who plays for India) and scored his first IM norm last year in the same event that Florin scored his final IM norm), and the always interesting Robby Adamson. A score of 7/10 is required for an IM norm.

Robby was the first one in on Friday while I was setting up the tournament room. His comment was "I can't believe there's so much snow on the ground." Welcome to Chicago in January! Robby and I had a nice long talk about chess and other chess related topics. He's always someone interesting to talk to. For those of you that don't know, he's the coach of a winning scholastic team (can you name which one?), a member of the Arizona Scorpions US Chess League team, and also an estate attorney.
IM Florin Felecan and FM Gauri Shankar

The first round is always crucial to get your juices flowing. Robby and Gauri had the unfortunate of starting off with black against the top two seeds in Mehmed and Florin respectively. Robby was able to pull out a grinding win with both himself and Mehmed in mutual time trouble. Gauri was able to secure the draw against Florin with sharp play on both sides. Unfortunately Jon wasn't able to get on the scoreboard (yet) wth the white pieces against Arjun but there are still eight rounds left! In round two, Pasalic rebounded with a win over Burgess, while Adamson won again and now has a perfect 2-0. 

Enjoy the game highlights below:

The round schedule is 10:30am and 3:30pm CST on Saturday and Sunday. We will update the chess community with scores, standings, and stories throughout the weekend on our website (www.nachess.org). We will be having a dinner with the sponsor, players, and some guests on Saturday night with a special fish dish and we'll update you with an article and pictures.


January - Chess Life Online 2010

Carlsen Takes Corus; Nakamura Ties for 4th Americans in Gibraltar at the HalfCarlsen Takes Lead in CorusCarlsen and Kramnik Lead in CorusBest of CLO 2009: #1The Hare and the Tortoise: GM Rogers on Corus Chess in Paradise: Not too Late!The US Chess School in Atlanta: A Student's Perspective USCF News: Calling All State and College Chess Champions Best of CLO 2009: #2Kramnik Grabs Lead in CorusBest of CLO 2009: #3World Team Lecture Series in Saint Louis Nakamura Falls to Karjakin; Kramnik Defeats Carlsen Kosteniuk Simul Set for Elementary Nationals; Book Your Rooms Now! Americans Arrive in GibraltarBest of CLO 2009: #4 Lenderman Dances To the Top at Golden State Best of CLO 2009: #5Nakamura Falters to Kramnik in CorusBest of CLO 2009: #6US Championship, Olympiad Qualification and 2011 World Team Championship RulesNakamura Beats Shirov in Corus! The Scoop on Liberty Bell, Part IIBest of CLO 2009: #7Nakamura Draws in Corus "A", Robson Tearing up "C" Best of CLO 2009: #8Nakamura- Carlsen Battle Drawn; Shirov Still BlazingThe Scoop on Liberty Bell: Part I Best of CLO 2009: #9 Chess-in-the-Schools' MLK Tournament Draws Hundreds of Players Best of CLO 2009: #10 Results in for Golden State: Lenderman Wins Shirov Still Perfect in Corus; Nakamura Holds Anand Svidler on Nakamura: An ICC Treat Shabalov Grabs Clear First at Liberty Bell The Chessdrum on Helping Haiti Nakamura, Shirov and Carlsen Win Again in CorusJennifer's US Chess League Game of the Year Countdown Khachiyan Leads in Concord Chess Exhibition Raises Funds for Haitian Earthquake VictimsNakamura Defeats Van Wely in Corus Van Wely and Shirov Off to Running Start in Corus; Nakamura Draws Golden State Open Begins Hilton on Not Playing the Pan-AmsCorus Schedule Set Best of CLO 2009: Meet the Judges and Honorable Mentions Big Chess Weekend Ahead Silver for the Team and Two Individual Golds: World Team Closing GalleryUSA Takes Silver at World Team!!Instant Replay: USA Loses Lead But Hunts for Medals Robson and Rich on the World Team: US in Clear LeadInstant Replay: US Wins in Round 7 and Leads World Team Barracuda Alert: Adamson on the Board and Fish on the Plate!Ray Robson Officially a GM! Nakamura Annotates Gelfand ScorcherInstant Replay: USA-3, Brazil-1 24th North American Masters BeginsInstant Replay: USA-2.5, Israel-1.5Instant Replay: USA-3, Egypt-1Shankland and Sevian Shine in Santa Clara Paths to the Top: GM Josh on Edmonton and Vegas Instant Replay: Russia-3, USA-1Robson Annotates US Victory Over IndiaKamsky Wins Clutch Game in ItalyInstant Replay: US-3 India-1 at the World TeamsStrong start for U.S. at World Team Championship Lost and Found: An Interview with Jeff Sarwer USA Beats Turkey 3-1 In World Team U.S. Team Arrives, Prepares for World Team ChampionshipSturt,Lapshun and Yudasin Win New Year OpenLenderman Wins the Eastern Open First GM Scalp for Ostrovskiy Kamsky in Italy: Inspiration for the New Decade! World Team Silhouettes Pan Am Photo Gallery: Fun & Games in South Padre IslandThe January '10 Check is in the Mail