GM Norm Tourney Begins in Saint Louis
April 9, 2012
For more information, please contact:
Mike Wilmering
Communications Specialist
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
mwilmering@saintlouischessclub.org
314.361.2437      

For Immediate Release

SAINT LOUIS, April 9, 2012 --The Saint Louis Invitational, a GM norm tournament, is scheduled to begin tonight at 5 p.m. CDT at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. This marks the second norm tournament held at the CCSCSL (outside of U.S. Championship events) in as many years.

The nine-round, round-robin event is scheduled to be held April 9 through April 13.

The field is as follows:
GM Margvelashvili, Giorgi    GEO    2547   
GM Moradiabadi, Elshan    IRI    2542
GM Finegold, Benjamin    USA    2505   
IM Sevillano, Enrico    USA    2502   
IM Arnold, Marc T    USA    2502   
IM Gerzhoy, Leonid    CAN    2489
IM Molner, Mackenzie    USA    2465   
IM Brooks, Michael A    USA    2456   
IM Yang, Darwin    USA    2448   
IM Young, Angelo    PHI    2321

Last year's GM norm tournament required a score of 6.5/9 and produced no norms, but this year's event is stronger, with an average FIDE rating of 2478, and will require a score of 6/9 to achieve a GM norm.

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