Korley gets 1st IM Norm!

FM Kassa Korley scored his first IM norm with a strong showing at the New York International. The Duke-bound FM ended on 5.5/9 earning his first International Master norm and pushing his USCF rating to 2365. Korley scored 50% against six IMs and drew with GM Kidambi Sundararajan of India. He will have shots at IM norms at the Philadelphia Open and the World Open.

Standings (Championship)

Video by Chess Scoop (Jennifer Shahade).

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


  1. BTW, that’s not IM Jake Kleiman that they show him playing as he describes the game. In fact, I don’t know who that is judging by his list of opponents!!

    1. ahh…that did occur to me. BTW, Williams beat IM Darwin Yang (2432) in the main tournament.

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