Two separate tournaments began at the Charlotte Chess Center yesterday. The GM/IM NORM INVITATIONAL tournaments are nine round events taking place in a five day time frame, which is sure to separate the men from the boys! At the website one finds: Safety Precautions/Measures in Effect. (https://www.charlottechesscenter.org/norm)

This is one of the pictures found at the home of the CCC:


FM Peter Giannatos,


Founder and Director of the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy, has an informative bi-weekly stream on Twitch. FM Peter Giannatos is FIDE Master since February of 2017. Peter is also a United States Chess Federation National Master (NM)/Life Master (LM), Senior Tournament Director, and FIDE International Arbiter (IA). (https://www.chessdom.com/fm-peter-giannatos-live-stream/)

There was an excellent article at Chessdom earlier in the week in which this video featured:

FM Peter Giannatos – live stream tonight 6:30-7:30pm EDT (0:30-1:30 CEST) https://www.chessdom.com/fm-peter-giannatos-live-stream/

The games in real time, or later, are being displayed at the ChessBomb: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-charlotte-clt-gm

In the IM tournament two wiley ol’ veterans met in the first round:

Charlotte CLT IM 2021

Eckert, Doug (2165) FM – Adamson, Robby (2250) FM

Charlotte CLT IM 2021 round 01

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Be2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. b3 Qe7 9. Bb2 b6 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Re1 Rad8 12. Qc2 Rfe8 13. e4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Nf6 16. Bd3 Ba3 17. Rad1 Bxb2 18. Qxb2 Qc7 19. c5 h6 20. b4 Re7 21. Ne5 Nd7 22. Qc3 Ra8 23. h3 Nf6 ½-½ https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-charlotte-clt-im/01-Eckert_Doug-Adamson_Robby

18…Qc7? was rather lame, when 18…c5 was called for…Then when Black offered a draw White proved to be extremely limp-wristed by being agreeable when he holds all the cards. Go figure…

In the GM tournament this game was not played:

Charlotte CLT GM 2021

Ringoir, Tanguy (2474) GM – Korley, Kassa (2441) IM

Charlotte CLT GM 2021 round 01

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. b3 O-O 10. Bb2 Ne4 11. Nc3 Nxc3 12. Bxc3 Bf5 13. Nd4 Bxd4 14. Bxd4 Qd7 15. Bb2 Rad8 16. e3 Bg4 17. Qd3 Bh3 18. Rfd1 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Qe6 20. Rd2 h5 21. h4 Qe4+ 22. Kg1 Rfe8 23. Rad1 Qg4 ½-½ https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-charlotte-clt-gm/01-Ringoir_Tanguy-Korley_Kassa

24 Qb5 suggests itself with white holding the initiative and all the cards. Ask yourself, “Would Bobby Fischer have offered a draw in either of these games?”

Oh well, it has been a year sans computer and I have been looking forward to watching some OTB action so this weekend will be devoted to the GM and IM tournaments being contested right up the road on Inerstate 85 in the Queen City!


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