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Sam Fuerstman
Doug Mackey
Mike Lyons +123
Xiaodong Jin
+122 1843
Ali Shirzad
Debs Pedigo
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.
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Any Member may avoid being paired against players under 13 years of age upon request. 

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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.
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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.

15G. Ownership of Scoresheets
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16L. Possible Stipulations
"The Director may require that clocks face a certain direction or that  Black  sit on a particular side of the table..."
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USCF Rule 10A, p.21, Adjustment of Pieces "A player who is on the move and first expresses the intention ...
Insufficient Losing Chances
Official Rules of Chess, 6th Edition, 14H1 p.54 states as follows: "In a sudden death time control, a player on the move with 2 minutes or less of remaining time may stop the clock and make a claim of insufficient losing chances." Doing such constitutes an offer of Draw. If his opponent rejects the offer, half of the claimants time will be subtracted and the 5 second delay feature will be imposed. "The claimant may win, lose or draw the game"
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SM Karthik Rangarajan
NM Daniel Cremisi
NM Shawn Pealer 2204
NM Patrick Sciacca 2130
NM Leland Fuerstman 2034
Keith Eubanks
Michael Kliber 1915
Daryl Gordon 1862
Ali Shirzad 1779
Paul Lucas 1765
Eduardo Regalado 1762
William Clayton 1700
Advaith Karthik 1643
Dawuud Richard 1613
Sam Fuerstman 1611
Spencer Singleton 1562
Douglas Taublib 1545
Scott LaPorte 1519
Carl McKern 1500
Hank Vergi 1490
Doug Mackey 1436
Addison Shonts
Byron Butler 1400
Corey Frazier
Debs Pedigo 1384
Francois Gros 1376
Eric Hartung
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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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Chesterton, The Maniac (1908).

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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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"The older I grow, the more I value my pawns."  Keres
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that the game of chess is a draw theoretically."  Fischer

"There is never 'always' anything
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- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Founded in 1975 -
*We play one rated game every Wednesday evening!*
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* Sciacca, Pealer, Cremisi Crowned 2017 CCC Players of the Year! * Fuerstman Leads Top Section of McAlister's 37 with 1.5-1.5 *

The Charlotte Chess Club has 50 current members
windyWelcome to the CCCwindy
  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 
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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! (Considering that we are in such close proximity, all members are required to arrive bathed, in clean clothing and making use of deodorant and mouthwash. Also, if a member is sick with a cold or symptoms of  flu, he should think twice before spreading unwanted germs). 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 (or bump fists) 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. Mgmt. appreciates your purchase of a healthy meal! McAlister's stays open til 10:15pm.
 NOTE: Wednesday round begins at 7:30pm sharp!
If you're running late, please call or text

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Sciacca, Pealer, Cremisi Share Title of 2017 CCC Player(s) of the Year!
Charlotte, N.C. 1-3-2018: This year, your commandant was faced with a dilemma. Because the criteria to determine "chess success" is not finite, it was difficult to decide upon a clear winner for the 2017 POTY Title. Therefore, in it's wisdom, the CCC council declared a three way tie! Each one of these champions has proven his chess skills in an admirable fashion and all CCC members are proud of their success. Congratulations to 54 year old NM Patrick "Kann" Sciacca (2130) who began the year with a rating of 2114 and gained 16 points. However, he did finish 1st Place on the CCC Titles won in 2017 list with 7. Kudos to 42 year old NM Shawn "Spuds" Pealer (2204) who won 6 Titles and was able to maintain his Master rating for the year. Shawn is also heavily involved in teaching (Charlotte Chess Network) and organizing scholastic events. Finally, 17 year old (soon to be) Senior Master Daniel Cremisi (2379) began the year with a rating of 2322 and gained 57 hard earned points. Though he was not as active in 2017, he did win 4 CCC Titles. He also recently won the Title of 2017 National High School Champion (12th grade). - All 3 champions will have their CCC membership extended for 1 year and be allowed to participate in Wednesday evening rated competition for FREE! The Most Improved Player of the Year Title goes to 11 year old Advaith Karthik (1681) who began the year with a rating of 1000 and gained 681 points!! Six other members gained at least 100 points! Thank you all for participating at the Charlotte Chess Club. Happy New Year! NMLF
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to NM Daniel Cremisi (2382) who finished clear 1st Place in the K12 Section of the Southern Scholastics with 5-0 and gained 3 rating points!
to NM Pat "Kann" Sciacca (2130) who finished clear 1st Place in the Top Section of McAlister's XXXVI with 4-1

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Fuerstman Leads Top; Shirzad "B"; McKern, Vergi "C"; Pedigo Lower Section of McAlister's XXXVII
Charlotte, NC 1-10-17: A stronger turnout of 14 of the most loyal members of the CCC Royal Guard converged upon this think tank more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to enjoy a wonderful meal, socialize with other adults, solve the weekly puzzle, munch on Big Cookies and participate in Rd:3 of McAlister's XXXVII. In the Top Section, the Pride of Mental Hill, ex-Member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "the Dude" Fuerstman (2034) welcomed Eduardo Regalado (1762) back to CCC competition with an ultra sharp King side attack but met with stiff resistance (See Game 1950) until Black overstepped the time limit to lead with 1.5-1.5. In the "B" Section, Ali Shirzad (1762) got into a Sicilian donnybrook with Sam Fuerstman (1611) who overlooked the winning move to lead with 2-0. In the "C" Section, Hank "the Tank" Vergie (1490) outplayed Francois "the Pope" Gros (1376) to share the lead with McKern with 2-1. In addition, "Lord" Byron Butler (1400) split the point with Doug Mackey (1436) (See Game 1951). In the Lower Section, NCCA V.P. Debs Pedigo (1374) got by Michael "Tiger" Lyons (990) to lead with 1.5-1.5. In addition, Michael Foster (1264) defeated Rich "Alert" Trela (863). In order to observe all results, see Current Crosstable. The CCC will conduct Rd:4 of McAlister's XXXVII on Wednesday Jan 24. Round begins at 7:30 sharp! So, get there early and enjoy a wonderful meal or dine while you play! Thank you for participating in CCC competition. - Big Cookie Jan 27!
Sciacca, Fuerstman =1st-2nd in Big Cookie XXIII with 2.5-.5
Charlotte, NC 12-9-17: A light turnout of 6 of the most loyal members of the CCC Royal Guard converged upon this grand ballroom more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to participate in Big Cookie XIII. In the Top Section, NM Pat "Kann" Sciacca (2121) dispatched of Sam Fuerstman (1611) in Rd:1, lost a Pawn in the middle game (See Game 1933) but held on to Draw NM Leland "the Dude" Fuerstman (2023) in Rd:2 and won a tough game against Doug Taublib (1603) in the final round to share the lead with Fuerstman who beat Taublib in Rd:1 and Michael "Tiger" Lyons (917) in the final round each scoring 2.5-.5 and winning $45. In order to observe all results see "Crosstable." An enjoyable time was had by all. Happy Holidays! NMLF
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