FM Ron Simpson of Raleigh posted a 4.0/5.0 in the Open Section to finish as the top state player and claim the title as State Champion at the N.C. Open Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 in Greensboro. Simpson is also the reigning co-champion of the N.C. Invitational — an annual event that includes the top players in the state. He is also having a banner year in the U.S. Chess League — leading the Carolina Cobras to the upcoming playoffs. NM Timur Aliyev of South Carolina was the overall Open winner with a 4.5/5.0 score. About 150 players participated in the N.C. Open.
Special thanks to Chess Dad Randy Wheeless for sending us the story.
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