US Chess Masters/North Carolina Open 2012 from Aug 30 <--- Top Chess Event in S-E US
|GM Alexander Shabalov|
The US Masters promises a star studded internationally flavored field. There are currently 8 GMs and a slew of other titled players already secured for the field. Other commitments are still forthcoming.
The North Carolina Open will run alongside the US Masters on Friday night, August 31 through Sunday, September 2. This is a five round tournament that will be open to all. There will be four sections with $1000 first and place prizes that go 10 deep in each section.
Greensboro, a part of the Piedmont Triad area (which also includes Winston-Salem and High Point) is well positioned for some nice outings if you have the extra time. Greensboro is the home of the International Civil Rights Museum. The beautiful North Carolina mountains are just a short drive. And you will have a chance to sample one of the state's great treasures. North Carolina is a barbeque mecca with fans that include GM Shabalov.
This event in its current form is the brainchild of Chief Organizer Walter High, who along with co-organizer Gary Newsom, are committed to growing chess in the Southeast. Their philosophy is to provide excellent playing conditions in a good hotel, comparatively low entry fees and unconditionally guaranteed prize funds. All this adds up to a great value for chess players.
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