Bindi Cheng shines at DC International!
Congratulations to Toronto IM Bindi Cheng for finishing clear 2nd at the strong DC International held between June 27 and July 1 of this year. Scoring a super 7 points in 9 games, Cheng narrowly missed his first GM-norm because of a technicality.HERE.
We don’t often talk about Bindi’s chess but we should. A self-taught player –and an excellent coach–Bindi will no doubt soon become a grandmaster and one of Canada’s elite players. Possessing a strong work ethic and a real passion for the game, Bindi will be a real asset for our National Team, either as player or captain.
Bindi was the 2006 Canadian Júnior Champion and played first board for the U of T. He gained his IM title the hard way: none of this shameless CFC-bullshit, discouraging strong players from participating in the National championships so that also-rans can get cheap IM-titles. (Fortunately FIDE has caught on and now this practice has been disallowed).
I am certain that I can speak on behalf of all of my Canadian readers in wishing Bindi the best of luck with his future chess tournaments!