Canada's Next GM: Aman Hambleton!

With one round to go IM Aman Hambleton has guaranteed his final GM Norm at the Sunway Sitges International in Spain!

Aman has been playing almost constantly since scoring his second GM Norm in Reykjavik in April, but this week everything came together:

  1. win over an expert;
  2. win over a master; 
  3. draw with black against #5 seed GM Oleksander Zubov (2626); 
  4. win over #7  GM Victor Bologan (2607); 
  5. win over #11 GM Aleksandr Predke (2599); 
  6. draw with #3 seed GM Salem Saleh (2638); 
  7. draw with GM Awonder Liang (2573); 
  8. draw with GM Fernando Peralta (2556).

Not only does Aman's +4 =4 -0 score guarantee the 2600 performance rating he needs for the GM Norm, but it puts him in position for a top place finish after Saturday's final round. 

The photos in the gallery below chart the descent of the normally well-groomed Aman into a hirsuite norm-hungry beast. This happened because Aman promised not to shave until he scored his final GM Norm, and he kept his promise.

In his post-mortem chat on the ChessBrah stream (screencap below), Aman thanked all his supporters, said he was looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday at home, would be celebrating his birthday December 30th, and would have a live de-bearding on the ChessBrah stream on December 31.


Sitges International Chess Festival

ChessBrah Stream

Hambleton games on the Norm Quest