Tuesday, July 31, 2007

FIDE chess comes to Massachusetts

The New England Masters Chess Tournament is scheduled for August 13-17 at the Holiday Inn in Peabody, Massachusetts. The 9 round FIDE Swiss tournament is only open to players with a FIDE rating of 2200 or higher and is designed to provide the maximum potential to obtain both Grandmaster and International Master norms.

So far, 32 players have entered including 4 GMs (Alexander Shabalov, Leonid Kritz, Eugene Perelshteyn and Nigel Davies), 11 IMs and 10 FMs. The US Chess League will be well represented with the likes of Carolina Cobra Lev Milman, San Francisco Car Fixer Josh Friedel, New York Knight Robert Hess and, the Blitz's very own, Bill Kelleher. Other notable entrants include all (?) the local three well known IMs whose last names end with the letter "o" (Ippolito, Vigorito and Rizzitano), former spammer Braden Bournival, and the lone female participant, WFM Elizabeth Vicary.

Rounds will be on Monday at 7:00 pm, then every day from Tuesday through Friday at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Spectators are welcome.

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