FM Joseph Bradford, another Austin resident, was in contention for an IM norm. As I said yesterday, he is more than strong enough to be an IM. However, he needed to win against IM Irina Krush with the Black pieces to get the IM norm and he did it! Here is the game:

[White “Krush, Irina”]
[Black “Bradford, Joseph Mark”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White ELO “2488”]
[White Title “IM”]
[Black ELO “2457”]
[Black Title “FM”]
[Source “MonRoi”]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nbd2 c5 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.a3 O-O 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.O-O b6 10.b4 Be7 11.Bb2 Bb7 12.Qe2 a5 13.b5 Nc5 14.Bc2 Nfe4 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Rfd1 Qe8 17.a4 f5 18.Nf1 Bf6 19.Nd4 Qd7 20.Ng3 Rae8 21.Nh5 Bh4 22.g3 Bg5 23.Bb1 Nxf2 24.Bxf5 Rxf5 25.Nxf5 Qxf5 26.Bd4 Bxe3 27.Nxg7 Qe4 28.Qxe3 Nh3 0-1

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Congratulations to FM Joseph Bradford! Job well done!

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