IM Stephen Muhammad told me that he is playing in the North American Chess Association’s IM tournament in Chicago. He stated that one player dropped out at the last minute and he is filling in. As of late, Muhammad has primarily played in local tournaments, but still has his eyes set on the GM title.
Frank Johnson sent me the details:
The 6th North American FIDE Invitational is offering the opportunity for players to achieve their required ‘norms’ for the FIDE bestowed titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM).
The time control for the event is G/90 + 30/sec increment (added after the move is completed). Score keeping cannot be waived upon reaching 5 minutes due to the 30/sec increment.
The event features a No-Draw Rule prior to 30 moves without arbiter approval. After the April 2005 event and the number of quick draws which displeased both the organizers and sponsors, this rule was put into effect in an attempt to reduce quick draws. While we understand that if 2 players are intent on drawing they will find a way to manipulate the system, we have seen examples where a miscalculation has occurred during the 30 move period and one player decides to become an opportunist and take advantage of the situation.
Our hand crafted, luxurious boards and sets were donated to us by TheChessPiece.com and our clocks were donated to us by Cajun Chess. The games are being transmitted on the World Databank of Chess by Monroi. Please patron our sponsors to show them your appreciation of their sponsorship.
The event will be held at the Touch Move Chess Center (TMCC) located at 5639 North Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60660. IM Angelo Young is the owner / operator of TMCC.