Hardaway gets 1st GM norm, clinches IM title

Brewington Hardway earned his first Grandmaster norm at the U.S. Masters in Charlotte. The 14-year-old had a blistering month of November earning more than 100 Elo points. Prior to his norm performance, he earned 50 Elo points at the nine-round NYC GM Fall Invitational. He bettered that result with another handsome cache of 62 Elo points coming from U.S. Masters! He has essentially sprinted past the 2400 mark with two strong performances.

Brewington showing his norm certificates
Photo by Ikuko Hardaway

Maurice Ashley relayed the news to The Chess Drum via Brewington’s mother, Ikuko Hardaway. Brewington made his own announcement viz “X” (Twitter).

The Hardaway clan was ecstatic and the mother told The Chess Drum that Brewington had a difficult time scoring good results and went from 2390 to 2323. His rating haul in New York nearly erased his slide. His performance in Charlotte vaulted him over 2400.

“I am so proud of him for his tolerance during the challenging times. He made a big break through which I even was not expecting.

~Ikuko Hardaway

Selected Games from 2023 U.S. Masters

FM Brewington Hardaway (2323-USA)

# Player ELO Nation
1 Eshaan Hebbar 1937 USA
2 GM Renato Quintiliano Pinto 2506 Brazil
3 IM Brian Escalante 2490 USA
4 GM Yasser Quesada Perez 2527 Cuba
5 GM Balaji Daggupati 2477 USA
6 GM David Brodsky 2497 USA
7 IM Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux 2492 Canada
8 GM Titas Stremavicius 2563 Lithiuania
9 GM Praveen Balakrishnan 2521 USA
Score: 6-3 GM NORM
Brewington with his sister Nia Hardaway
Photo by Ikuko Hardaway

Results: https://chess.stream/usmasters/standings


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