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Berkeley International Now a Superswiss Print E-mail
November 15, 2010
CONTACT:
Arun Sharma
asharma@math.berkeley.edu

BERKELEY, CA, November 15:
With 21 non-US federation players already signed up to play in the 2011 Berkeley International (to be held at the Berkeley Chess School from January 2-8), along with nine Grandmasters (four of whom are 2600+), norm opportunities should be very plentiful at the tournament.  As the threshold of 20 foreign players has been reached, the usual requirement of needing 40% of ones' opponents to be from non-US Federations to earn a norm will not apply in this event. The foreign federation requirement has been a hindrance to many players who had great performances in a US event but failed to earn a norm due to those technicalities. The nullification of that requirement will make the International a very special tournament, and one that no serious norm seeker should risk missing.

In addition to the bevy of GMs mentioned earlier, there will also be many young players showcasing their talent at the event such as newly crowned World U18 Champion IM Steven Zierk as well as the Silver Medalist from the World U12, NM Kayden Troff, and several others.

There is still time to enter.  There will also be several interesting side events, such as a couple of simultaneous exhibitions as well as a blitz event (open to all) on the final day of the event.  Those who are interested in taking part in the event in any fashion should contact Arun Sharma and check the website http://dotq.org/chess for complete details of the tournament.  The current player list is:
                                                                                      
Player List

 

Players

November FIDE Rating

Federation

 

 

 

 

1.

GM Loek van Wely

2666

NED

2.

GM Timur Gareev

2615

UZB

3.

GM Robert Hess

2602

USA

4.

GM Sergey Erenburg

2600

ISR

5.

GM Davorin Kuljasevic

2549

CRO

6.

GM Jesse Kraai

2518

USA

7.

GM Josh Friedel

2505

USA

8.

IM Sam Shankland

2498

USA

9.

GM Anatoly Bykhovsky

2497

ISR

10.

GM Darcy Lima

2482

BRA

11.

IM Sam Collins

2436

IRL

12.

FM Daniel Naroditsky

2425

USA

13.

IM Robert Ris

2423

NED

14.

FM Darwin Yang

2417

USA

15.

IM Roberto Martin del Campo

2414

MEX

16.

IM Max Cornejo

2413

PER

17.

IM Steven Zierk

2403

USA

18.

IM Daniel Rensch

2402

USA

19.

IM Istvan Sipos

2398

HUN

20.

IM Zhanibek Amanov

2394

KAZ

21.

IM Dmitry Zilberstein

2386

USA

22.

SM Roman Yankovsky

2381

RUS

23.

IM Alfonso Almeida

2378

MEX

24.

IM David Pruess

2377

USA

25.

SM Denys Shmelov

2357

UKR

26.

WFM Tatev Abrahamyan

2355

USA

27.

FM Keaton Kiewra

2337

USA

28.

FM Shinsaku Uesugi

2331

JPN

29.

FM Shivkumar Shivaji

2303

USA

30.

NM Yian Liou

2285

USA

31.

FM Teddy Coleman

2282

USA

32.

FM Bela Evans

2262

USA

33.

FM Richard Lobo

2262

ENG

34.

NM Kayden Troff

2217

USA

35.

NM Dennis Fritzinger

2215

USA

36.

NM Alessandro Steinfl

2211

ITA

37.

FM Dale Haessel

2198

CAN

38.

WIM Lorena Zepeda

2194

ESA

39.

NM Adarsh Jayakumar

2165

USA

40.

NM Evan Sandberg

2164

USA

41.

NM Kenneth Hills

2161

USA

42.

NM Konstantin Kavutskiy

2149

USA

43.

Michael Kleinman

2146

CAN

44.

Hayk Manvelyan

2139

USA

45.

NM Joshua Gutman

2124

USA

46.

NM Jarod Pamatmat

2104

USA

47.

NM Daniel Gurevich

2093

USA

48.

Dakota Dixon

2078

USA

 

 
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