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The player with the Black pieces chooses whether to use "5 second time delay." If so, 5 minutes subtracted from both clocks.

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"Most Recent Published Rating"
- Active CCC members Class "C" and above -
NM Daniel Cremisi 2250
NM Emmanuel Carter 2202
Jonathon McNeill
NM Shawn Pealer 2133
Mark Biernacki 2078
NM Pat Sciacca
Keith Eubanks 2063
Michael Kliber 2038
NM Leland Fuerstman 2023
Lorenzo Carter 1988
Michael Uwakwe 1982
Bill Connell 1972
Bernard Baker 1865
Daryl Gordon 1817
George Melton 1800
Paul Lucas 1789
Dr. Ron Breukelaar 1777
Derek Smith 1743
Dawuud Richards 1726
Kydriana Carter 1697
Austin Chuang 1651
Spencer Singleton 1648
Joe Little 1621
George Cashell 1615
Jaiden Chuang 1614
Marnzell Hand 1600
Danny Cropper 1599
Joe Rafferty 1587
Jullian Billings 1562
Scott LaPorte 1526
Mikey Trott 1508
Ervon Nichols 1506
Jason Mytrysak 1505
Carl McKern 1501
Byron Butler
Drew Canning

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- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Founded in 1974 -
Today is Friday, Nov 27, 2015
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* Kliber, Fuerstman Lead Top Section of McAlister's XVI With 2-0 *

The Charlotte Chess Club only has 68 current members
In Memoriam: It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the loss of my lifelong and "best" friend Jon F. Pietras, Sr, 70. who passed away last night after a brief struggle with cancer. In 1966-67, he was an Officer in the U.S. Army and "commander in the field" in Vietnam! I met Jon when I was 14 years old through bowling! His naturally competitive spirit spilled over to chess where we finally met at a tournament. An already strong "A" player, the ease at which he won became an inspiration for me to study and improve my game. As time went by, we enjoyed many exciting encounters over the board! Win, lose or draw, he was always gracious and complimentary. Through the years, we each monitored the progress of our lives. Everyone knows about Infinitys End which Jon built into a thriving million dollar business! - often providing employment for those who marched to the beat of a different drummer and always taking time to converse with every customer, regardless of one's race, color, creed or station in life. This guy enjoyed an incredibly interesting life, with his 3 wives, 3 children and wonderful grandchildren! Until his recent return, he was living in Costa Rica where I visited him. What a fantastic trip! Jon Pietras was the most loving,  friendly and benevolent man I have ever known. My grief is profound. My best friend is gone. May he rest in peace... NMLF
(Funeral Tuesday, 2pm at St. Gabes)

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 Greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, Earth to everyone out there in cyberia, and welcome to the Charlotte Chess Club website. On this page, which is continuously updated, we will report a weekly synopsis of the previous meeting to include current standings, annotated games, Sinanovic's Puzzle and other interesting anecdotes for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure. We welcome your contributions and comments.
This Website is provided by NM Leland Fuerstman, Editor
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The Charlotte Chess Club is the premier "adult" chess club in the southeast.  The CCC is open to players of every race, color, creed, national origin, gender, religion, political affiliation or galaxy!  As a CCC member, you are expected to treat your fellow members equally, with dignity and respect regardless of skill level or experience. In accordance with the standards of good sportsmanship, all members are asked to shake hands before and after each game! If during play, a possible rules violation occurs, you must first, stop your clock and report the situation to the Tournament Director. (A loud verbal confrontation over the rules is a distraction to everyone) The TD will make the necessary ruling.  If a noise distraction occurs, you may stop your clock, turn to the "minor noise violators" and silently place your finger over your lips! After the "talkers" acknowledge your complaint, you resume your game. All postmortem analysis must be moved to an area away from games which are still in progress. Anyone who violates these rules will receive 10 lashes with a wet noodle... Have fun!!  NMLF
The Charlotte Chess Club, an Independent Affiliate
of the USCF meets each Wednesday evening at 6:30pm
(or as early as 5:30 for some!)
at the

4805 Park Rd. Charlotte, NC 28209
(East on Woodlawn Rd, right on Park Rd. 2blks on L at Seneca Pl)
  Primarily an "adult" club, the CCC conducts a perpetual 5 round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm sharp! The time control is G75 - Entry fee is $5. ($8 for non-members) Top Section $50 FREE Entry for other Section winners. - (Winners must have 4 points with no byes). The Annual club membership fee is $25. Current members receive $5 discount. (Note: Non-members who pay a $25 EF to participate in CCC Saturday events receive $5 credit toward membership for each event entered!) The venue guarantees a private area with padded chairs and a lamp over each table! - 2 players per table!! "Wi-Fi," great menu and prices, direct parking for 100 cars, his & hers sanitary multi-port lavatories and very friendly crew! --- (Management requests that you purchase your meal at McAlister's Deli) --- Join us to participate in casual play as well as USCF rated games. If you are not playing in the tournament, your first visit is FREE! Non-members, who have visited more than once, and play off-hand games are required to pay $3. The CCC occasionally sponsors a bi-monthly 3 rd. Swiss and other special tournaments. For schedule see "Upcoming Events" In order to compete in "Tournament Competition" and join the CCC or USCF simply show up at the site!
 (Current Crosstable) 
  Note: Non-members will be preempted by Members who arrive before 7:30pm! If you're running late, call or text 704-965-8931 and we'll work you in!
 Contact Information: charlottechessclub@gmail.com
Explanation of "Weekly Tournament Competition"
The CCC conducts a perpetual 5 round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. sharp! The time control is G75 - All players who compete in tournament competition are required to be members of the United States Chess Federation.  Regardless of  which round(s) one chooses to enter, a player only gets credit for the game(s) he actually plays. There is no penalty for not showing up; it is simply counted as an unplayed game. Management appreciates your purchase of a healthy meal! McAlister's stays open til 10:30pm.
NOTE: Wednesday night round begins at 7:30pm sharp!
If you're running late, please call or text

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Congratulations to Francois "the Pope" Gros (1339) who finished =1st-4th place in the Knights Section of Asheboro 100 with 2.5-.5 and pocketed $100.

Congratulations to 15 year old NM Daniel Cremisi (2251) who finished =1st-3rd with 3.5-1.5 and by virtue of tie-breaks, should be crowned 2015 North Carolina State Champion!
Kudos to Charlene "Curley" Howard (1102) who finished clear 1st Place in the U1100 Section of RA55 with 3-0,  gained 110 rating points and earned $120!
Congratulations to 14 year old Mark Boyd (1174) who finished clear 1st Place in the Top Section of the Charlotte Fall Scholastics with 4-0.
Kudos to Michael Uwakwe (1982) who finished clear 1st Place in McAlister's XV with 4-1. Honorable mention to Danny "the Stopper" Cropper (1654) who eclipsed the 1600 mark and Drew Canning (1400) who broke 1400.

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Dec 19, 2015
Charlotte Winter Championship
3-SS, G75. EF: $20 for all USCF members! (CCC not req.)
E-mail charlottechessclub@gmail.com to include your name on the
List of Players Who Intend to Participate
Note: Round Begins at 7:30pm Sharp! Time control G75  EF:$5
(Black pieces decide whether or not to use "Time Delay," 5 minutes deducted)
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(Note: Round 3 of McAlister's XVI has
been postponed until Wednesday, Dec 2
Happy Thanksgiving!
Kliber, Fuerstman Lead Top; Cashell "B"; Canning "C"; Boyd Lower Section of McAlister's XVI (Black won 8 of the 12 games!!)
Charlotte, NC 11-18-15:
Another strong turnout of 26 of the most congenal competitors in the county slogged their way to this institution of higher thinking more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to participate in Rd:2 of McAlister's XVI. In the Top Section, Expert Michael "Bolton" Kliber (2038) snapped a Pawn right out of the opening, then another before mutual time trouble caused the Pride of Columbia, S.C. Expert Keith "Chuchy" Eubanks (2063) to blunder his Queen in the end allowing the former player to share the lead with the Pride of Mental Hill, ex-Member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2023) who chose the dubious strategy of castling Queen side where he was forced to sacrifice his Queen for a Rook and Knight minus a Pawn?! But, as luck would have it, (See Game 1601) the venerable Master regrouped and bounced back to defeat PhD candidate Michael Uwakwe (1982) each with 2-0. In the "B" Section, George "Cashman" Cashell (1615) outplayed Danny "the Stopper" Cropper (1599) (See Game 1604) to lead with 2-0. In addition, Paul "Survivalist" Lucas (1789) defeated Dave "Dawuud" Richards (1740) while Marnzell "Pat" Hand (1600) split the point with Phillip "Julian" Billings (1562). In the "C" Section, Drew Canning (1400) tripped up Scott "the Door" LaPorte (1526) to lead with 2-0. Meanwhile, "Big" Joe Rafferty (1587) dispatched of Carl "Marx" McKern (1531) while "Lord" Byron Butler (1443) beat down Mikey "Trout" Trott (1508). (Thank you, Mikey, for installing my radiator today... You were a Godsend). In the Lower Section, 14 year old Mark Boyd (1144) upset Debs Pedigo (1260) to lead with 2-0. Meanwhile, Eric "Truth" Hartung (1303) notched the point against Charlene "Curley" Howard (1102) (Thank you, Charlene, for providing transportation for me and other club members!) FSC Student Doug Mackey (1226) defeated Francois "the Pope" Gros (1339) (See Game 1603) and James E. Butterworth III (1060) reported a win (See Game 1602) versus Rich "Alert" Trela (1136). In order to observe all results see "Current Crosstable." The CCC will conduct Rd:3 of McAlister's XVI on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015 at McAlister's Deli, 4805 Park Rd. Round begins at 7:30 sharp! So, get there early and enjoy a wonderful meal or dine while you play! Long live the CCC! --- Happy Thanksgiving!
Cremisi Takes Carlsen Section; Canning 1st in Topolov Section of Big Cookie VII
 NC 10-24-15:  A grand total of 16 of the most loyal members of the CCC Royal Guard gathered at this grand ballroom more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to participate in Big Cookie VII. In the Carlsen Section, 15 year old NM Daniel Cremisi (2246) dispatched of Aditya Shivapooja (1705) in Rd:1, the pride of Mental Hill, ex-member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2001) in Rd:2 and George "Cashman" Cashell (1622) in the final round to finish clear 1st Place with 3-0 and pocket $100. Equal 2nd-3rd place were Fuerstman and Danny "the Stopper" Cropper (1603) each with 2-1 winning $25. In the Topolov Section, Drew "Morrison" Canning (1387) reported wins against Rich "Alert" Trela (1075) in Rd:1, Francois "the Pope" Gros (1299) in Rd:2 and Debs Pedigo (1272) in the final round to finish clear 1st Place with 3-0 and collect $60. Clear 2nd Place was Gros with 2-1 winning $30. For complete results, see "Crosstable." A good time was had by all. Fuerstman directed.
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