Brewington Hardaway Earns 2nd IM Norm

Brewington Hardaway Earns 2nd IM Norm


Thirteen-year-old FM Brewington Hardaway earned his second of three norms required for the international master title on Sunday. He finished in tied first with another talented young FM, 18-year-old Gus Huston, each with 7/9 at the Marshall Chess Club NYC Winter IM Invitational. Both teenagers earned their second IM norms at this event and finished ahead of the highest-rated player, GM Mark Paragua, by a full point.

Rk. Title Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
1 FM Hardaway, Brewington 2370 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7
2 FM Huston, Gus 2285 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 7
3 GM Paragua, Mark 2455 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 6
4 FM Lee, Alice 2320 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1 5
5 NM Tanenbaum, Zachary 2244 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 5
6 NM Moor, Nathaniel 2168 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 4
7 IM Almeida, Alfonso 2254 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 3.5
8 IM Martin Del Campo, Roberto 2225 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5
9 FM La Manna, Andrea 2245 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 2.5
10 NM Moskow, Eric 2144 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1.5

The young phenom, who was rated 2370, gains 23.8 rating points from this event. In order to acquire the international master title, he must have a minimum of 2400 FIDE rating and achieve the third IM norm (specifically from a Swiss tournament and not a round-robin, due to a recent change in FIDE regulations). 

Hardaway just needed a draw in the last round vs. FM Alice Lee. She declined two draw offers before accepting his third. Photo: Gregory Keener.

The “BrewMaster” (his handle on ChessKid) went undefeated in the event. He scored three victories at the start of the tournament, defeating his future co-leader in round two. He won five games and drew four.

Hardaway’s head-to-head scores.

The teenager master from the Bronx, New York, earned his first IM norm just over a month ago from another round-robin event by the same organizers. IM Alex Ostrovskiy shared that 22 GM/IM norms have been earned in their eight events to date.

It was the latest in a series of quick successes in the young man’s life. Hardaway earned the national master title at the age of 10. He has a list of impressive tournament results, including victories at the seventh- and eighth-grade national championships.

One year ago, his rating dropped below 2200. However, he had several massive rating spurts and is now on the cusp of the sky-high 2400 rating. He earned the FM title in 2023.

Hardaway’s rating graph. Image: FIDE profile.

The young Hardaway, who is African-American, recently discussed his chess career with IM Kassa Korley in the latest video of the series entitled “Celebrating Black Excellence,” included below. You can learn more about his early chess beginnings in his article on ChessKid here

Hardaway continues to publish articles on ChessKid. Here, he writes an article about his first international master norm. He also plays against viewers weekly on ChessKid, and the schedule can be found here.

 In an email, he shared his thoughts about this recent achievement:

After a strong performance, it gives me a confidence boost and every time I have a strong performance, it shows me that I can really become one of the best. And seeing my work and preparation pay off, it motivates me to work more so that I can keep thriving.

And seeing my work and preparation pay off, it motivates me to work more so that I can keep thriving.

—Brewington Hardaway

Asked about his plans to achieve the third norm at a Swiss tournament, he responded:

I am looking at the Foxwoods Open tournament which is from April 5-9 but if I do not play that one, the next will be the Chicago Open from May 25-29. Of course I would love to become an IM ASAP, I am focused on becoming GM so I am not too concerned about playing swiss tournaments.

Congratulations, Brew! 


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