Chicago native and Morehouse-bound Kayin Barclay is currently competing in the 13th North American Chess Association FIDE Invitational. This is his first closed norm tournament and he is looking to make a good showing. Barclay, a two-time Denker representative, is also attempting to get the requisite score to reach the 2200 USCF rating.
The tournament is hosted by IM Angelo Young at the Touch Chess Center on North Ashland in Chicago. The tournament will run through July 25th. The tournaments are held throughout the year and has given several rising juniors a chance to compete against strong competition. The 13 tournaments have offered opportunities for IM norms… three are needed (and a 2400 FIDE rating) to earn the actual title.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.