Williams gets 2nd IM norm

FM Justus Williams

Last year, Justus Williams earned his first FIDE title after losing out on tiebreaks to FM Akshat Chandra at the North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC). Williams earned the FM title and returned this to the NAYCC year with the intent of completing his goal of earning the IM title. In the end, he tied for 1st again, but came in second on tiebreaks again. Frustrated at not earning the title, he did notch his second IM norm.

Williams was tied with Alexander Katz and Andrew Tang on 6.5/9. However, Katz had the better primary tiebreaks of head-to-head match by drawing Williams and beating Tang. Williams drew both and of course Tang got a loss and a draw.

Williams finished his sophomore year at Bronx School of Science and Technology and is continuing his march toward his goal of becoming a Grandmaster. He will take his talents to St. Louis to compete in the U.S. Junior Closed where he will face nine other top juniors in the country.

Besides the undying support of his mother Latisha Ballard-Williams and his grandmother Pamela “Nana” Ballard, he has enlisted the support of the entire New York chess community including ChessNYC and the MacEnulty Foundation. Certainly all eyes will be on him in the U.S. Junior Closed which begins on tomorrow.

Justus Williams and Alexander Katz

Official Website: https://www.chesseducators.com/
Results: https://chess-results.com/tnr137867.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821

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.

4 Comments

  1. It appeared to be an intense tournament with very strong players. I am very proud of Justus Williams! It was a on the edge of your seat nail biting event. I was a little disappointed with the final outcome. I thought Justus had won the IM title. Thank you for clarifying. Great Job!

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