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Edit 2012 03 17 - Rensch's reflections - http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-deep-self-reflection-dr-jekyl-vs-mr-hyde
There is a bigger than normal event scheduled for Sunday March 11th through Thursday March 15, 2012. Big for North America anyway.
28TH NORTH AMERICAN MASTERS http://www.nachess.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93
"Our Grandmaster Group B section will feature a 10-player Single Round Robin (9 rounds). 3 Grandmasters and 7 International Masters will lock horns twice each day. To earn a Grandmaster norm, the International Masters must score 6.5/9 points.
Our confirmed participants include:
GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (ISR) - 2536
GM Denes Boros (HUN) - 2482
3rd Grandmaster - TBA
International Master Vitaly Neimer (ISR) - 2381
International Master - elect Faik Aleskerov (AZE) - 2362
International Master Daniel Rensch (USA) - 2401
International Master Darwin Yang (USA) - 2448
IM Eric Hansen (CAN) - 2446
IM Levon Altounian (USA) - 2428M
1 more International Master - TBA
Time control: Game-90 + 30/sec increment
Round times: 10am and 3pm Chicago time Sunday through Wednesday, and 10am only on Thursday"
That 6.5/9 is not guaranteed. The two unknown participants must have a combined rating of more than 4818 or Rensch will have to score 7/9 to get a Tournament Performance Rating of 2600.
As of 2012 02 25 - IM Florin Felecan in and IM Levon Altounian out. One GM and one anybody with a reasonable rating still needed.
As of 2012 03 02 - FIDE March ratings updated. The remaining two players added. GM Joshua Friedel (USA) - 2520 and IM Lev Milman (USA) - 2436. With these additions all the IMs can achieve a norm with a score of 6.5/9
Edit 2012 03 11 IM Sarkar 2391 http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=2010011 replaced IM Fierro 2380. The Average Opponent rating for all IMs is >2380. Any IM scoring 6.5 of 9 will achieve a TPR > 2600.
I will attempt to update after each round, unless I forget about it.
Round 1 - http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2012/03/28th-na-masters-begin.html
Summary of all rounds up to round 4 http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2012/03/28th-na-masters-round-4.html
Round 5 - http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2012/03/28th-na-masters-round-5.html
Round 6 - http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2012/03/28th-na-masters-round-6.html
Round 7 - http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2012/03/28th-na-masters-round-7.html
Round 8 - http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2012/03/28th-na-masters-round-8.html
Round 9 - http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2012/03/28th-na-masters-final-day.html
2012 03 15 - I won't bother finishing. Nobody gets a norm based on the scores reported on the official site.
The 7th IM has been confirmed and ratings updated.
International Master Levon Altounian (USA) - 2428
International Master Daniel Rensch (USA) - 2401
International Master Florin Felecan (USA) - 2381
International Master Martha Fiero (ECU) - 2380
FIDE Master & International Master-elect Faik Aleskerov (AZE) - 2362
Performance Ratio: 6.5/9 = 0.72
Performance Change = 166
GM norm Tournament Performance Rating = 2600
Required Average Opponent Rating = 2600 - 166 = 2434
Tentative calculations until the March ratings come out.
Rensh (2401) Calculation:
Required rating of the third GM = 2434 * 9 - (2536 + 2482 + 2448 + 2428 + 2381 + 2381 + 2380 + 2362) = 21906 - 19398 = 2508
The minimum for all of the IMs to have a 6.5/9 norm is based on Daniel Yang the highest rated IM.
Yang (2448) Calculation:
Required rating of the third GM = 2434 * 9 - (2536 + 2482 + 2428 + 2401 + 2381 + 2381 + 2380 + 2362) = 21906 - 19351 = 2555
Yang may have to score 7/9 for a norm. It is not so bad really. The low ratings of the other IMs indicate he has a chance to walk all over them.
Any GMs out there? Chicago probably would welcome a call.
Tournament roster filled.
FIDE March ratings updated. The remaining two players added. GM Joshua Friedel (USA) - 2520 and IM Lev Milman (USA) - 2436. With these additions all the IMs can achieve a norm with a score of 6.5/9
Florin Felecan (2 of 2), Faik Alesgarov (1.5 of 2) and Darwin Yang (1.5 of 2) have the best chances.
Daniel Rensch (0 of 2) got nothing from the two highest rated players and will need 6.5 of 7 to earn a GM norm.
Oh wow, I thought he played a game against a guy named Norm Hunter...
Tab Hunter's cousin.
After round 4, Sarker looks to have the best chance for the GM norm, needing to score 3.5 of 5 in the remaining games.
Yang and Felecan still have a shot if they score 4 of 5.
Milman and Alesgarov would have to go 5 for 5 the rest of the way.
And I thought he was out looking for Norm from "Cheers"
Then there were three. Three IMs still have a chance to score 6.5 for a GM norm.
I have Sarkar and Felecan with a chance to reach 6.5.
It could be all over but the crying. The official site has different scores indicating none of the players will score 6.5.
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