Earl Lee Raby emerged victorious with a perfect 4-0 record at the inaugural North Carolina Senior Open, where he claimed the title of 2013 North Carolina Senior Chess Champion. Raby, whose rating soared 90 points to 1855, earned his first Category 1 norm while picking up a check for $150 and commemorative Wine Bottle trophies as both the “2013 NC Senior Chess Champion” and the overall tournament winner.
Held at the decidedly upscale Hampton Inn & Suites Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, the tournament attracted 26 players. The $150 second- and third-place prize fund was shared by Bill Schaefer, Charles Pole, Ellis Jones, Bruce Roth, and Michael Tedder. Four players, David Tupps, Gordon Ray, Rosalyn Katz, and Avram Friedman, shared the Under-1600 prize of $100, with Tupps winning the Wine Bottle trophy on tiebreak.