Escalante-born youngest FIDE Master wins Chessfest in US

January 9, 2015 3:05 am 

BACOLOD CITY,Jan. 08 – Alekhine Nouri, a youngest FIDE master from Escalante City, Negros Occidental has given name to the province after winning the 24th Annual North American Open under 1900 (U1900) Blitz section title recently at Bally’s Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 9-year-old Nouri, who has a current FIDE rating of 1617 and USCF rating of 1850, completed the blitz race with 9.0/10 points, 9 wins and 1 loss, to earn the USD 400 top prize.

Nouri also had won 8 by finishing a tie for third to ninth places in the Standard U1900 section of the tournament. He is currently in the Carlson Chess Club undergoing training and is being supported by Filipino community in Los Angeles.

An awardee of 2014 Philippine Sports Association (PSA) is the son of Ahmed Nouri, who married Rhoda Sabordo Fabiosa Nouri of Brgy. Balintawak, Escalante City, now residing in Cavite.

Ahmed, on the other hand, is a protegee of the late Bro. Rolando Dizon, FSC, former president of University of St. La Salle here.

Alekhine is the youngest FIDE Master at age 7. He receive full scholarship from FEU and allowance from Philippine Sports Commission as member of the Philippine chess team.

He claimed an outright FM title with his victory in the Open 8-under category, making him as the youngest Filipino FIDE Master and the current youngest FIDE Master in the world.

The chess wiz is dreaming to be a super grand master in the world.(PNA)

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