44 ( +1 | -1 ) Cairo makes IM norm !Congrats there Cairo! This came up in the titled players thread, but just thought it deserved its own. So now cairo joins fmgaijin among the ranks of GK players with a FIDE IM norm. Way to go! Here is the info from there, just moving over to here as my first post.
194 ( +1 | -1 ) What They Said ...cairo 9/07/2006
Message: never to late, so don't stop pursue whatever goal you may have within chess. It doesn't really matter how realistic it is for you to become an IM, as long as this is what you really want to obtain. Just think about all the games you will have played and perhaps some really great ones among them, as well as how many nice people you will have learned to know! I myself have played chess since I was 7 years old and although I had a significant break of 20 years without playing the game, I obtained my first IM-norm this very spring in an age of 53 years old and I do pursue the last the and final norm onwards :-)) Viktor Korchnoi is 79 years old and he has just won a strong GM-tournament, were lot of the participants, was much younger than himself.
Follow your dreams and try make them reality, I'm sure that will give you a rich live!
Best wishes Cairo
fmgaijin 9/07/2006 Way to Go, Cairo!!!
Message: Congratulations on the IM norm!!
I'd add to that that one of my students (who returned to chess after retiring from a long career) beat his first master when he was almost 80 years old, so Cairo's right that one can keep improving. And it IS possible to earn a living or a living supplement from chess even if you are not an IM by teaching chess in the schools. Many countries (including the U.S.) have opportunities for chess teachers who relate well to kids (which is more important than being a GM; a candidate master with this skill may make a much better teacher than a stronger player who lacks it).
thumper 9/08/2006 Cairo
Message: Congradulations on your accomplishment. You give me some inspiration. My new goal is to break 1800 GK rating. I don't play OTB due to business concerns but I do find that I enjoy the game and don't think that I've topped out quite yet. Who knows, some day I may be able to give you big dogs a good run. :)
Here is a link to the other games in tournament, just click on thru tables and results and under Champions League D1. Here you also will find the rest of the Teams games, many fine games has been played by: carlosmart - nestorix and harpov.
PS! I can confirm that florinserban, has scored a SIM-norm!