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IM Matros Dominates QC G/30!

A grand total of 50 players (including an international master!) from both North and South Carolina participated in the first QC G/30 tournament. It was truly a different experience for most players. Squeezing in 5 rounds with a short time control can lead to exciting games, and parking lot brawls. Fortunately all players were in good spirits and the event was a great success. Over $700 in prizes were distributed.


TOP: IM Alexander Matros with a perfect 5-0IMG_0582


U1700: Jeremy Chen with an almost perfect 4.5-0.5


U1300: 4 Way Tie Matthew Kroll, Dylan Kabasakalian, Colin Roop, Jaiden Chuang


U700: AJ Miller with 4.5-0.5


See rated crosstable for all results.


A great time was had by all players. Our next event is Reverse Angle on March 8. So far NM Chris Mabe has declared that he will be attending. We hope to see everyone there.
If you are a resident of the Charlotte Metro Area, visit our website about weekly meeting times.

We have also planned summer camps with Grandmasters. This summer GM’s: Magesh Panchanathan, Alexander Shabalov, and John Fedorowicz will be leading the master tour chess camps.

For more information visit

Thanks for all your support! Until next time,

Peter Giannatos

Director, Queen City Chess

Reverse Angle 33 (Ron Simpson Memorial)

A mixed crowd of total of 65 players from North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina participated in Reverse Angle 33 in memory of the late Ron Simpson. $800.00 is always guaranteed but it is no surprise the QCCA decided to give out over $1100.00 in prizes..


To commemorate Ron Simpson, those who won all their games received an additional $50.00. I had a few encounters with Ron myself and he was never content with a draw, he was a fighter, hence the 3-0 Simpson prize. One player in every section managed to win the Simpson prize and each pocketed $175.00 for their efforts. Between rounds I also offered free Game Analysis to any players interested. I had a lot of fun doing this and Ron, a man who was always “in” for game analysis, would have appreciated the gesture


Winners of the Simpson Prize (and $175.00!):

OPEN: Charlotte’s Michael Brown

U1800: Greensboro’s Garret Allen

U1400: Atlanta’s Carolyn Lantelme

U1100: Charlotte’s Logan Torve

See rated crosstable for all results.

A great time was had by all players. The next Reverse Angle is planned for November 30. Please come out and continue to support Charlotte’s most active chess organization!


If you live in the Charlotte area and you are looking for more chess Visit for upcoming events as well as our weekly club meeting times.


Thank You for Your Support,

Peter Giannatos

Director, Queen City Chess


Raby is Inaugural NC Senior Chess Champion

NC Senior Champion

Inaugural NC Senior Champion Earl Lee Raby flanked by Organizers/Directors Mike Eberhardinger and Bob Mahan

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.

NC Senior Champion Bottle

NC Senior Champion Bottle

nc senior wine

Wine Bottle Trophies

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.

The tournament was directed by Bob Mahan, with able assistance from Mike Eberhardinger and Bea Mahan.