USCF Home Chess Life Online 2008 March Norm Chances in Chicago
|Norm Chances in Chicago|
|By Sevan Muradian|
|March 24, 2008|
The 9th installment
of the North American FIDE Invitational series kicked off this past weekend in
Chicago. New faces have appeared at this tournament but well known in the US
tournament circuit such as Harvard freshman FM Teddy Coleman and NY high school
student NM Marc Arnold. Also appearing in the event is one of our neighbors from
the north, FM Raja Panjwani of Canada.
With 4 rounds completed we have 4 players in the norm hunt, none of which have an easy task ahead of them. FM Mehmed Pasalic leads the pack with 3.0 / 4.0, needing to go 3.5/5.0 to secure his second IM norm. Here is his victory over Marc Arnold:
FM Teddy Coleman, who needs 6/9 for an IM norm is in the same boat needing 3.5/5.0 for his second IM norm.
Rounding out the last of the norm hunters are FM Gauri Shankar and NM Marc Arnold who need to go 4.0/5.0 to get their first IM norm.
GM John Fedorowicz, seconding NM Marc Arnold, talks training concepts with top Chicago area chess coach Shiva Majaraj.
Upsets were well abundant in the tournament when IM Mesgen Amanov of Turkmenistan was taken out by NM Marc Arnold.
In the following round FM Raja Panjwani took out Touch Move Chess Center owner, IM Angelo Young.
Mehmed Pasalic leads after four rounds
The standings are as follows:
1st: 3.0 / 4.0
2nd - 4th: 2.5 / 4.0
5th - 7th: 2.0 / 4.0
8th - 9th: 1.5 / 4.0
10th: 0.5 / 4.0
The last 5 rounds will be played at 6:30pm Chicago time Monday thru Friday. All games can be followed live on the MonRoi World Databank of Chess at http://www.monroi.com/wdc
The chess doesn't end on Friday in Chicago as we have the Illinois Denker Qualifier tournament and the Illinois Polgar Qualifier / All Girls State Championship on March 29-30. The event will feature 2-time US Woman's Champion IM Irina Krush and GM Pascal Charbonneau. Irina will be working with the girls during the Polgar/All Girls event and Pascal will be working with the participants in the Denker Qualifier.
From March 31 to Thursday, April 3 IM Irina Krush will be taking on 4-time Woman's Champion of Armenia, IM Lilit Mkrtchian in a 4-game match. There will be live coverage on MonRoi. More information can be found at http://www.nachess.org/match