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Ian Haigler
If a violation of a rule of chess occurs during your game, immediately stop the clocks and "quietly" report it to the Director who will address the issue. TD
CCC Cell Phone Policy
Unless approved by the Director, after 7:30pm, the use of a cell phone in the playing area is strictly prohibited. First offense subtracts 10 minutes from violators clock; second offense may result in forfeiture of game.
TD a Player Himself
Time Control For McAlister's
All Sections: G75

The player with the Black pieces chooses whether to use "5 second time delay." If so, 5 minutes subtracted from both clocks.

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- Active CCC members Class "C" and above -
NM Daniel Cremisi 2258
NM Emmanuel Carter 2224
Jonathon McNeill
NM Shawn Pealer 2140
Mark Biernacki 2098
NM Patrick Sciacca 2084
NM Leland Fuerstman 2057
Keith Eubanks 1996
Lorenzo Carter 1988
Michael Kliber 1980
Bill Connell 1972
Michael Uwakwe 1957
Bernard Baker 1865
Daryl Gordon 1810
George Melton 1800
Dr. Ron Breukelaar 1777
Paul Lucas 1766
Spencer Singleton 1707
Kydriana Carter 1697
Xiaodong Jin 1695
Austin Chuang 1692
Joe Rafferty 1690
Dawuud Richards 1680
Jaiden Chuang 1616
Ervon Nichols 1605
Marnzell Hand 1600
George Cashell 1600
Danny Cropper 1594
Ian Haigler 1564
Byron Butler 1557
Joe Little 1557
Carl McKern 1511
Tony Cato 1503
Julian Billings 1500
Mikey Trott 1464
Drew Canning 1430
Corey Frazier
Scott LaPorte 1418
Claude Rainford
Francois Gros

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Here is the only truth:  "We are the pawns of the mysterious game of chess played by God,  who moves us,  stops us,  shifts us ahead,  and soon picks us up one after the other and gathers us in the same box of  Nothing."
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"the chess playing of a master ties him to the game, fetters his mind and shapes it to a certain extent so that his internal freedom and ease, no matter how strong he is, must inevitably be affected."  Spinoza
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"There is never 'always' anything
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It can't buy you money?!"
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"Love can not be found where love does not exist; and love is never hidden where love really is" anonymous
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“The more you play, the more beauty you are able to see.”
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"The side which stays within it's fortification is beaten"

"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition
from weak minds."
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
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* Cremisi Clear 1st Place in Carlsen Section of Big Cookie VIII * Sciacca Takes Top Section of McAlister's XVII with 4-1 *

The Charlotte Chess Club has 71 current members
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 Greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, Earth to everyone out there in cyberia, and welcome to the Charlotte Chess Club website. On this page, which is continuously updated, we will report a weekly synopsis of the previous meeting to include current standings, annotated games, Weekly Puzzle and other interesting anecdotes for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure. We welcome your contributions and comments.
This Website is provided by NM Leland Fuerstman, Editor (235.0)
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The Charlotte Chess Club is the premier "adult" chess club in the southeast.  The CCC is open to players of every race, color, creed, national origin, gender, religion, political affiliation or galaxy!  As a CCC member, you are expected to treat your fellow members equally, with dignity and respect regardless of skill level or experience. In accordance with the standards of good sportsmanship, all members are asked to shake hands before and after each game! If during play, a possible rules violation occurs, you must first, stop your clock and report the situation to the Tournament Director. (A loud verbal confrontation over the rules is a distraction to everyone) The TD will make the necessary ruling.  If a noise distraction occurs, you may stop your clock, turn to the "minor noise violators" and silently place your finger over your lips! After the "talkers" acknowledge your complaint, you resume your game. All postmortem analysis must be moved to an area away from games which are still in progress. Anyone who violates these rules will receive 10 lashes with a wet noodle... Have fun!!  NMLF
The Charlotte Chess Club, an Independent Affiliate
of the USCF meets each Wednesday evening at 6:30pm
(or as early as 5:30 for some!)
at the

4805 Park Rd. Charlotte, NC 28209
  Primarily an "adult" club, the CCC conducts a perpetual
round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm sharp!
The time control is G75 - Entry fee is $5. ($8 for non-members) FREE Entry for all Section winners. - (Winners must have 4 points with no byes). The Annual club membership fee is $25. Current members receive $5 discount. (Note: Non-members who pay a $25 EF to participate in CCC Saturday events receive $5 credit toward membership for each event entered!) The venue guarantees a private area with padded chairs and a lamp over each table! - 2 players per table!! "Wi-Fi," great menu and prices, direct parking for 100 cars, his & hers sanitary multi-port lavatories and very friendly & crew! --- (Management requests that you purchase your meal at McAlister's Deli) --- Join us to participate in casual play as well as USCF rated games. If you are not playing in the tournament, your first visit is FREE! Non-members, who have visited more than once, and play off-hand games are required to pay $3. The CCC occasionally sponsors a bi-monthly 3 rd. Swiss and other special tournaments. For schedule see "Upcoming Events" In order to compete in USCF "Tournament Competition" you must be a member of the USCF (uschess.org). Or, to join the CCC or USCF you may simply show up at the site!
 (Current Crosstable) 
  Note: Non-members will be preempted by Members who arrive before 7:30pm! If you're running late, call or text 704-965-8931 and we'll work you in!
 Contact Information: charlottechessclub@gmail.com
Explanation of "Weekly Tournament Competition"
The CCC conducts a perpetual 5 round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. sharp! The time control is G75 - All players who compete in tournament competition are required to be members of the United States Chess Federation.  Regardless of  which round(s) one chooses to enter, a player only gets credit for the game(s) he actually plays. There is no penalty for not showing up; it is simply counted as an unplayed game. Management appreciates your purchase of a healthy meal! McAlister's stays open til 10:30pm.
NOTE: Wednesday night round begins at 7:30pm sharp!
If you're running late, please call or text

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Congratulations to 16 year old NM Daniel Cremisi (2258) who finished clear 1st Place in the Carlsen Section of Big Cookie VIII with 3-0 and pocketed $100.
Honorable mention to "Lord" Byron Butler (1557) who finished clear 1st Place in the Kramnik Section of Big Cookie VIII with 3-0, won $100 and gained 71 points!
Big shout out to 14 year old Mark "the Bird" Boyd (1395) who finished =2nd-4th in the Kramnik Section of  Big Cookie VIII with 2-1 and gained 114 rating points!
Kudos to NM Pat "Kan" Sciacca (2057) who finished clear 1st Place in the Top Section of McXVII with 4-1.
Honorable mention to Francois "the Pope" Gros (1413) who finished with 3.5-1.5 in the Lower Section of McAlister's XVII and was promoted to Class "C"!
Congratulations to Expert Jonathon McNeill (2185) who finished =1st-2nd in the U2200 Section of LotS with 4.5-.5 and took home $375!

Kudos to Jaiden Chuang (1616) who finished clear 2nd Place in the U1700 Section of LotS with 4.5-.5 and $250.
Congratulations to Spencer "Jazzman" Singleton (1707)  for =3rd-5th in the U1700 Section of LotS with 4-1, broke 1700 establishing his highest rating ever and won $62.50!
Kudos to James E. Butterworth III (1145) who finished =2nd-4th in the U1200 Section of LotS with 4-1, gained 76 rating points and pocketed $93.75!
Honorable mention to Francois Gros (1352) who finished with 2.5-2.5 in the U1700 Section and pocketed $62.50.

Big Shout out to 14 year old Mark "the Bird" Boyd (1217) who finished =2nd-3rd in the Lower Section of the LotS Speed Tournament with 4.5-.5 and pocketed $55!

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Cremisi Takes Carlsen Section, Butler Wins Kramnik Section of Big Cookie VIII
Charlotte, NC 2-6-16:  A moderate turnout of 21 of the most loyal members of the CCC Royal Guard congregated at this grand ballroom more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to participate in Big Cookie VIII. In the Carlsen Section, which included no less than 4 USCF Certified Masters, 16 year old Daniel Cremisi (2255) dispatched of Team Columbia Expert James "Big" MacDougall (2009) in Rd:1, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2057) in Rd:2 and NM Pat "Kan" Sciacca (2084) in the final round to finish clear 1st Place with 3-0 and pocket $100. Equal 2nd-3rd were NM Shawn "Tater" Pealer (2140) and Sciacca each with 2-1 winning $25. In the Kramnik Section, "Lord" Byron Butler (1557) defeated Angelo Sciulli (1172) in Rd:1, Danny "the Stopper" Cropper (1594) in Rd:2 and Mark "the Bird" Boyd (1395) in the final round to finish clear 1st Place with 3-0 and collect $100. Equal 2nd-4th were Cropper, Boyd and George "Cashman" Cashell (1600) each with 2-1 winning $15.00. In order to observe all results, see "Crosstable." An enjoyable time was had by all. Fuerstman directed.
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Sciacca Takes Top; Rafferty, McKern "B"; Butler "C"; Boyd Lower Section of McAlister's XVII
Charlotte, NC 2-3-16:
A grand total of 30 of the most capable mental jousters in the Charlotte area converged upon this think tank more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to enjoy a wonderful meal and participate in  McAlister's XVII. In the Top Section, NM Pat "Kan" Sciacca (2074) hung tough against a feisty George "Cashman" Cashell (1600) but ultimately notched the point to finish clear 1st Place with 4-1 and win FREE Entry intoMcAlister's XVIII. Meanwhile, NM Shawn "Tater" Pealer (2149) had to take it to the endgame before registering the win against Paul "Survivalist" Lucas (1766) while Expert Michael "Bolton" Kliber (1980) bounced back from a poor showing at LotS and clobbered the Pride of Mental Hill, ex-Member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2062) (See Game 1631). In the "B" Section, in spite of the fact that he lost to Dave "Dawuud" Richards (1669) Carl "Marx" McKern (1542) finished =1st-2nd with "Big" Joe Rafferty (1646) who routed "Little" Joe Little (1557) each with 2.5-2.5. In addition, Danny "the Stopper" Cropper (1607) outplayed "Lord" Byron Butler (1486) who still finished clear 1st Place in the "C" Section with 3-2. In addition, Scott "the Door" LaPorte (1462) beat down returning member "Smokin" Corey Frazier (1427). In the Lower Section, FSC Student 14 year old Mark "the Bird" Boyd (1281) routed Rich "Alert" Trela (1060) (See Game 1632) to finish clear 1st Place with 4-1 and win FREE Entry into McAlister's XVIII. Meanwhile, Francois "the Pope" Gros (1413) defeated Angelo Sciulli (1121) and graduated to the "C" Section!, Michael "Tiger" Lyons (961) registered the win against Debs Pedigo (1200) and Puneet Kapur (909) won his first rated game against Alex Rambo-Navarrete (1079). In order to observe all results see "Current Crosstable." The CCC will conduct Rd:1 of McAlister's XVIII on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at McAlister's Deli, 4805 Park Rd. Round begins at 7:30 sharp! So, get there early and enjoy a wonderful meal or dine while you play! Long live the CCC!
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