John Hughes, a sophomore at Cornell University, sets another CCL first. He became the 1st CCL student to earn an IM norm. John was also the very 1st CCL student, the 1st CCL graduate, the 1st CCL master, and now this. As has happened with his other accomplishments, I am sure that many of you will soon be following in his footsteps. John is still an active student in CCL, currently working with IM Goran Vojinovic.
John was playing in the City of Barcelona (Spain) International Open. It is a strong tournament. John’s section has 52 players with international titles. John started in 58th place. After 8 of the 9 rounds he was 6.0 and tied for fifth place. Most importantly, he has already secured his first International Master norm with a round to spare.