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Michael Smith, Deniz Galitsky Top Rated Scholastic at CCC North

On January 27, 2024, the Charlotte Chess Center hosted our Rated Scholastic event at the North location. The tournament featured four rounds of USCF-rated chess and was open to all players rated under 1000 in grades K-8. Over 15 total trophies and medals were awarded to the prizewinners.


In the U1000 section, Michael Smith took clear first place with a score of 3.5/4! He entered the last round as the only player on 3/3, with opponent Carter Hahn the only 2.5/3, meaning a "grandmaster draw" was all it took to secure first place.


In the U500 section, Deniz Galitsky went a perfect 4/4. For this, Deniz gained a whopping 148 rating points, despite only playing three games due to receiving a full-point bye in the first round!


Our Rated Scholastic events are also qualifiers for the NEW Tournament of Champions event scheduled for May 4. Congratulations to the following players who each scored 2.5/4 or higher and have now earned a spot in the Tournament of Champions:


  • U1000: Michael Smith, Carter Hahn, Samuel Newsome, Magathkannan Udayasankar, Micah Cardinal, and Shrinika Musuluri

  • U500: Deniz Galitsky, Elliot Zuluaga, Oliver McCready, Avyaan Prasad, and Abhiram Avula


Our next Rated Scholastic event will take place at the CCC Main/South location on February 3. The next Rated Scholastic at the North location will be held on February 24. We hope to see you there!



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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