Thanksgiving Open, GM Norm Tourney in Saint Louis
By Mike Wilmering   
November 23, 2011
SAINT LOUIS, November 22, 2011 -- Chess players across the country will be gathering in Saint Louis this week to give thanks for tournament chess. The Thanksgiving Open, scheduled to be held November 25-27 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, features a prize fund of $10,050, and 10 titled players have already signed up to compete:

GM Timur Gareyev
GM Ray Robson
GM Gregory Kaidanov
GM Sam Shankland
GM Mesgen Amanov
GM Alexander Shabalov
GM Andre Diamant
IM Danny Rensch
IM Angelo Young
WIM Iryna Zenyuk

The tournament is a FIDE-rated, six-round, G/120 tournament in three sections (Open, U1800, U1400), and it also features two-day and three-day options with the option for re-entry. The first three rounds of the two-day option are G/65, and then the fields merge for round four.

Click here for more information or to register.

Following the Thanksgiving Open, the CCSCSL will host its first-ever GM norm tournament. Nine of the ten players have already been confirmed  with one spot still remaining. The tournament is scheduled to run November 29 through December 3, and will be a nine-round, round-robin tournament with a standard FIDE time control. Find full details and stay posted on

1    GM    Kacheishvili    Georgi    2590    GEO    New York    NY
2    GM    Amanov    Mesgen      2524    TKM    Chicago    IL
3    GM    Diamant    Andre         2505    BRA    Lubbock    TX
4    IM    Arnold    Marc               2504    USA    New York    NY
5    IM    Krush    Irina                2476    USA    New York    NY
6    IM    Shahade    Greg           2459    USA    New York    NY
7    IM    Yang    Darwin              2442    USA    Dallas    TX
8    IM    Rensch    Danny           2416    USA    Phoenix    AZ
9    IM    Young    Angelo            2350    PHI    Chicago    IL
10  WGM Abrahamyan Tatev      2264    USA   Los Angeles, CA