Kassa Korley solid in Open Portugal

IM Kassa Korley

International Master Kassa Korley has been on a path since earning his first GM norm last June. Korley’s quest for the 2500 FIDE Elo rating took a setback after a 5.5/9 finish at the Bay Area International. A month later, he landed in Lisbon for the 2018 Open Portugal tournament with renewed focus.

The field had 17 Grandmasters in a very diverse field of players. Eduardo Iturrizaga won clear 1st with 7.5/9. Alexander Motylev got joint 2nd along with seven other on 7/9. Korley turned in a solid result with joint 3rd on 6.5 points. He started off paired down the first three rounds damaging his chances to earn a second GM norm. He is currently looking to get invites to closed tournaments for norm opportunities.

IM Kassa Korley (2426-Denmark)
# Player USCF Nation
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Result
1 Alex-Sacha Ladistic 1934 France
1
2 Luis Sousa Reis 2146 Portugal
1
3 Aleksandrs Jazdanovs 2390 Latvia
1
4 GM Eric Hansen 2615 Canada
½
5 IM Sumiya Bilguun 2402 Mongolia
1
6 GM Nikita Petrov 2585 Russia
½
7 GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy 2570 Ukraine
0
8 FM Nicolo Napoli 2316 Italy
½
9 FM Jose Antonio Sande Edreira 2244 Spain
1
Score: 6.5-2.5 (Results)

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.

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