ChessCentral, the leader in cutting-edge chess, was a proud sponsor of this year’s North Carolina Grand Prix. Players earned Grand Prix points by competing successfully in tournaments sponsored by the North Carolina Chess Association, with the year’s events culminating with the North Carolina Open (held Labor Day weekend in Charlotte, NC).
When the smoke cleared at the end of the weekend, the 2010 Grand Prix winner was Ronald Simpson. Mr. Simpson’s prizes were the Templar Chess Set and the matching Wenge and Maple board, both furnished by ChessCentral.
Tournament organizer Gary Newsom characterized the North Carolina Open as featuring “an aggressive new format which combines a very reasonable entry fee with $10,000 in guaranteed cash prizes”. The event was pure excitement right up to the final round in which IM Bryan Smith won as Black against Jon Schroer to take clear first and a $1,200 cash prize.
ChessCentral has announced that they will again sponsor the North Carolina Grand Prix in 2011.
All of us at ChessCentral extend our congratulations to this year’s Grand Prix winner Ronald Simpson as well as to IM Smith. Well done, gentlemen!
Have fun! — Steve