Josh Friedel’s Final GM Norm

The 2008 US Chess Championship just wrapped up and hometown hero Josh Friedel has earned his third and final GM Norm. Now, all that remains is to get his FIDE rating above the magic 2500 mark. He should be able to accomplish that within a tourney or two. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s safe to say, New Hampshire has it’s first Grandmaster! :)

“I have not felt this good in a while. I called my family and close friends and probably I’ll be celebrating over the next year.” -Friedel

Overall, this event was full of fighting chess—with Josh a major contributor—and was a real pleasure to watch. Particularly rivetting was the Women’s playoff, which,
based on the mistakes, was clearly a tense affair. Irina Krush was still smiling at the end though.

Monroi kept an up-to-date blog with video and commentary throughout. One of the features of their game replay is the ability to vote on a favorite game of the round. Josh was awarded that fan accolate with his fourth round victory over Boris Gulko.

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