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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

An American in Reykjavik

I was looking through the standings of the Reykjavik Open (who knows why??), and who do I see sitting on 5.5/8 on board 18, above such luminaries as Yury Shulman and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, but Kenilworth's own Yaacov Norowitz.  I haven't been following Yaacov's results since he made the leap to the international circuit, but if my understanding is correct then he may be fighting for his third IM norm in the land made famous by Bobby Fischer.  He has already had the opportunity to play a few foreign GM's so his odds are quite good.  You can see some of his games here (scroll to the bottom of the list of games).  Wish him luck!


Update: Yaacov won in round 9 over GM Danielsen, and is playing on board 8 with White against GM Kuzubov.  A win would likely get him a share of one of the top ~5 places (!), and may even be worth a GM norm.

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