NC Chess News

Edition 25 - May 4, 2015

Recent weeks have seen many champions crowned as a couple of major events have come and gone in North Carolina.


The 2nd Annual FM Ron Simpson Memorial was held in Durham March 27-29. IM Priyadharshan Kannappan came down from St. Louis and only yielded a draw to Wisconsin prodigy FM Awonder Liang to stake a share of first place. Charlotte NM Dominique Myers (pictured left) joined Kannapan at the top surviving some early struggles to split top honors.

South Carolinian Ian Bell won the Under 1800 section with a perfect score and Virginia’s Om Patel took the Under 1400 crown. A total of 135 players entered the Simpson Memorial main event with 26 youths playing in a scholastic side event.



This past weekend the top youth players from North Carolina converged on the Charlotte Chess Center for the Carolinas Junior Invitational. 18 students were invited to participate in a round robin for $1,750 in scholarships.

Monroe NM Emmanuel Carter (above left) lapped the field in the K-12 with a dominating five point performance. as a result Emmanuel earned a $750 scholarship.

Chapel Hill’s Neo Zhu won the K-8 $500 scholarship with four wins in five games.

Cary’s Benjamin Yan also earned a $500 scholarship with an undefeated four point performance in the K-5 division.

Full coverage of the Carolinas Junior Invitational including player bios and games can be found at


The NCCA would like to congratulate NM Daniel Cremisi of Charlotte on another strong finish in a national championship tournament. Daniel finished tied for second in the K-9 disivion of the National Junior High Championships in Louisville, KY. This marks the second top three finish in a national event this year for Daniel.


The NCCA would also like to congratulate past NCCA president Rudy Abate on earning his National Tournament Director license. Rudy is also a FIDE Certified National Instructor.RudyCropped.jpg


Congratulations are in order to Triangle Chess for hosting over 300 students for their regular Team vs Team event on April 19th. Triangle Chess is steadily growing and serves a couple of dozen youth chess programs in the Raleigh-Durham area.