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ccmcacollister 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.
ccmcacollister 194 ( +1 | -1 )
What They Said ... cairo

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

Way to Go, Cairo!!!

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).


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. :)
ccmcacollister 10 ( +1 | -1 )
What I Shudda Said in Question Post: Cairo, I'd sure love to here the play by play of how the tournament went, and maybe see a game or two?
tag1153 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Congrats Soren!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done:)

mere mortal
tim_b 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Well done, Cairo and fmgaijin, great stuff!

diversemanx 31 ( +1 | -1 )
I would also like to add my congratulations... both of these very fine and worthy players...:)

In addition, I believe florinserben has also earned a SIM Senior International Master norm during his latest games in the ICCF Champions League...:)

Kind regards, --Rick
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diversemanx 13 ( +1 | -1 )
...The link just above was misspelled... florinserban ...sorry...:)
cairo 115 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for all the nice wishes.

There is one game in particular in the tournament, I was quite satisfied with, it goes like this:

Stephen J. Boyd Canada 2458 vs Soren R. Ottesen Denmark 2339

1.c4 f5 2.b3 e5 3.Bb2 Nc6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 d6
6.Nc3 g6 7.e3 Bg7 8.Nge2 O-O 9.O-O g5 10.f4 gxf4
11.exf4 e4 12.d3 d5 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.dxe4 Ne3 15.Qxd8 Rxd8
16.e5 Nxf1 17.Kxf1 Nb4 18.Nb5 c5 19.Rc1 Nxa2 20.Rxc5 Rd1+
21.Kf2 Nb4 22.Ba3 Nd3+ 23.Ke3 Nxc5 24.Bxc5 Bd7 25.Nec3 Bf8
26.Bd4 Re1+ 27.Kd2 Bxb5 28.Kxe1 Bc6 29.Bf1 Rd8 30.Bc4+ Kg7
31.Ne2 b6 32.Bc3 Bc5 33.g4 b5 34.Be6 fxg4 35.f5 Bf3
36.b4 Be3 37.Bd7 Rxd7 38.e6+ Kf8 39.exd7 Ke7 40.Bd4 Bg5
41.Bxa7 Bxe2 42.Kxe2 Bf4 43.Bg1 Kxd7 44.Kd3 Ke7 45.Ke4 Bb8
46.Kd5 h5 47.Kc6 h4 48.Kxb5 Bxh2 0-1

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!
loreta 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Keep going! Nice person, nice achievement!