1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.0-0 Bf5 5.c4 e6 6.d3 Be7
7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Nc3 h6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.e4 dxe4 11.dxe4 Be6 12.Qc2
c5 13.Bf4 0-0 14.Rad1 Nh5 15.Be3 Nd7 16.Nd5 Bd8 17.h3 Re8
18.g4 Bxd5 19.exd5 Nhf6 20.d6 b5 21.g5 hxg5 22.Nxg5 g6
23.Bxa8 Qxa8 24.Qb3 c4 25.Qxb5 Re5 26.Qa4 Bb6 27.Bf4 Rf5
28.Qxc4 Ne5 29.Qe2 Black to play and win
Rxg5+ 30.Bxg5 Nf3+ 31.Kh1 Nd4+ 32.f3 Nxe2 33.Bxf6 Ng3+ 34.Kg2 Nxf1 35.d7 Ne3+ 0-1
Congratulations to International Master John Bartholomew, who took a big step last week towards becoming a Grandmaster! John won an invitational tournament in St. Louis, and by doing so he earned his first Grandmaster norm.
John won the 2013 St. Louis Classic, a GM and IM norm invitational tournament held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27. He had a score of 6.5 out of 9, giving him first place by a full point over a field of three Grandmasters and six other IM’s.
To give you an idea of just how difficult it is to earn a GM norm, the field John played against had an average rating of 2453, which meant John had to score at least 6.5 out of 9 to earn the norm. “I hit that score on the button,” he said.
John had four wins, including one against a GM, five draws and no losses. His nine opponents included players from Brazil, India, Israel, Hungary and Canada.
“It was a pretty neat experience, and certainly the best tournament I've had to date,” he said.
John’s result (and a tournament performance rating of 2619) boosted his FIDE rating from 2425 to 2452. To earn the GM title, he’ll have to notch two more norms and raise his FIDE rating to 2500.
John is making his living as a chess professional, so if you’re looking for lessons, want to hire him for a simul or otherwise help him pay the bills while he aims for his next two norms, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the final crosstab for the tournament: http://uschesschamps.com/sites/all/content/swissmaster/2013SaintLouisClassic/GM/special/crosstable.html
to our hopefully soon-to-be GM Bartholomew!