1st Annual Ron Simpson Memorial

The Carolinas Chess Initiative are hosting a tournament in the memory of FIDE Master Ron Simpson who succumbed last year to Stage Four cancer. He was loved and respected in his home of New York and his second home in North Carolina. Simpson was known as a resourceful, tactical player who enjoyed complications and wading through the morass of positions. He was down-to-earth, friendly and accepting of all who spoke the language of chess. This tournament will feature GM Maurice Ashley who is making the trip to pay tribute to his dear friend. Ron would have been humbled beyond words.

Carolinas Chess Initiative

The 1st Annual Ron Simpson Memorial

Friday, March 28th through Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel
201 Harrison Oaks Blvd
Cary, North Carolina, USA 27513

5-SS, G/120,D/5(Rd 1 of 2 Day schedule is G/90,D/5)
Prize Fund: $5000 Unconditionally Guaranteed!

OPEN (FIDE Rated) $750-$400-$250-$100
U2200 $150-$100 U2000$150-100

U1800 $600-$400-$250-$200-$150-$100
U1600 $150-$100

U1400 $400-$250-$150 U1200 $150-$100

email address: Gary Newsom gary.newsom@queencitychess.com
or Walter High wmhigh@nc.rr.com
website: www.carolinaschessinitiative.com


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Link: https://www.carolinaschessinitiative.com/ron-simpson-memorial.html

Obituary: FM Ronald Simpson: 1960-2013


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  2. I am so happy that this event was put together to honor FM Ronald Simpson! I am looking forward to the tournament report 🙂

  3. It was an awesome event. The Board 1 feature was really touching. I hope you guys don’t mind if I submit the only two games I ever played against Ron.

    [Event “Triangle Area Chess Open #66”]
    [Date “2010.09.18”]
    [Round “1”]
    [White “Simpson, Ron (FM)”]
    [Black “Munnell, Jonathan”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [ECO “A11”]
    [WhiteElo “2296”]
    [BlackElo “2063”]

    1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bf5 5. O-O Nbd7 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Nc3 e6 8. d3 Rc8 9. Qa4 Bc5 10. e4 dxe4 11. dxe4 Bg4 12. e5 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 Nd5 14. Nxd5 exd5 15. Bg4 Rc6 16. Qb3 Nb6 17. Rd1 O-O 18. Bf3 Rc7 19. Bxd5 Qe7 20. Bg2 Nd7 21. Bf4 Nxe5 22. Re1 Bd6 23. Rad1 Re8 24. Qd5 1-0

    [Event “Triangle Area Chess Open #78”]
    [Date “2011.10.22”]
    [Round “4”]
    [White “Munnell, Jonathan”]
    [Black “Simpson, Ron (FM)”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [ECO “E14”]
    [WhiteElo “2092”]
    [BlackElo “2302”]

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. e3 Bb7 5. Bd3 g5 6. Nxg5 Rg8 7. e4 h6 8. Nf3 Rxg2 9. Kf1 Rg8 10. Nc3 d6 11. Qe2 Nc6 12. Be3 Qd7 13. Rd1 O-O-O 14. h3 e5 15. Nd5 Qe6 16. Nxf6 Qxf6 17. d5 Ne7 18. Ke1 Kb8 19. Kd2 c6 20. Rdg1 Rxg1 21. Nxg1 cxd5 22. cxd5 Rc8 23. Qf3 Qg6 24. Ne2 f5 25. Rg1 Qe8 26. Kd1 Qa4+ 27. b3 (Score sheets were abandoned) 0-1

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