The Weekly Show: Over-the-board chess in Charlotte

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8/25/2020 – In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent recaps what has been going on in the chess world, and focuses on a game from the Charlotte GM Invitational — a win that helped IM Craig Hilby get his second GM norm, an encounter that featured attacking chess, tactical brilliancies and a tricky endgame. | Lawrence’s show is available at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST, 13:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy

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Getting a GM norm in style

As over-the-board chess slowly makes its way back, players are returning to the fray, looking to accomplish the goals they left on hold during the lockdown. That is the case of IM Craig Hilby, who needed to score 6½ out of 9 points to get his second GM norm at the Summer Charlotte IM/GM Invitational played on August 19-24.

Hilby had a 4½ score with two rounds to go. After defeating FM Gauri Shankar in round 8, he needed to win on demand with the black pieces in the final round to get his norm. He was paired up against IM Kevin Wang, and ended up getting what will surely turn out to be a memorable 38-move victory.

In round 2, he beat second seed GM Magesh Panchanathan with the black pieces. With all his pieces pointing at White’s king, Hilby found a formidable attacking move in the following position. Can you find it?


Try your own moves!

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