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Grandmasters Naroditsky and Bortnyk Win CCC Blitz, Bellamy Tops Rapid

On March 16, 2024, the Charlotte Chess Center hosted our Rapid & Blitz event at the CCC Main/South location. Players of all strengths, including Grandmasters Daniel Naroditsky and Olexandr Bortnyk, participated in a day of quick chess, featuring a five-round rapid tournament and nine rounds of blitz.


In our previous Rapid & Blitz event, Chase Bellamy was amongst a bevy of players tying for first in the rapid portion with 4/5. This time around, Chase won it outright. He ceded only a last-round "grandmaster draw" against Lokruth Patil to clinch clear first place with 4.5/5, netting $120 for his performance.

Four players tied for second-through-fifth place behind Bellamy with 4/5 each and took home $30: Han Schut, Kishan Karthigeyan, Smayan Ammasani, and the aforementioned Lokruth Patil.

Charlotte Chess Center Rapid and Blitz tournament

Other prize winners were:

  • Ishaan Ballal, Musa Naushad, Naitik Rathi, and Vihaan Purohit (Top U1800 - $10 each)

  • Trishona Kumar and Luis Ramos (Top U1600 - $20 each)

  • Charles Cameron (Top U1400 - $40)

  • Michael Powell (Top U1200 - $40)


Grandmasters Daniel Naroditsky and Olexandr Bortnyk tied for first place in the blitz event, drawing their game against each other and sweeping the rest of the field. With 8.5/9, and no other competitors finishing above 6.5, it was a dominant performance from the two GMs. There was a moment, entering the eighth round, when three other players in the top ten of the standings were undefeated - apart from losses to both Danya and Bortnyk!

The two GMs earned $150 each for shared first place, with FM Donald Johnson scoring 6.5/9 and winning $60 for clear third.

Other prize winners:

  • WFM Devina Devagharan and Karthikeya Malireddy (Top U2100 - $30 each)

  • Smayan Ammasani and Alex Kaelin (Top U1900 - $30 each)

  • Luis Ramos (Top U1700 - $40)

  • Benjamin Raz and Samanyu Ammasani (Top U1500 - $20 each)

  • Michael Powell (Top U1300 - $40)

We hope to see you at the next Rapid and Blitz event on April 6!

For upcoming tournaments, bookmark our Events Schedule. The CCC hosts nearly 8 events a week at our facilities in North and South Charlotte, along with bi-monthly major events such as the upcoming 2024 Spring Open and ALTO tournaments.

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NM Dennis Norman

Chess Coach - Club Journalist

Charlotte Chess Center


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