Yaacov Norowitz might be the best player in the 2013 U.S. Championships that you'e never heard of. Known for years as an ICC blitz legend, Norowitz has been quietly and steadily racking up rating points and norms, securing his third IM norm at the recently concluded Reykjavik Open in Iceland. He has gained more than 100 USCF rating points since February 2010, and he currently sits at his peak USCF rating of 2601.
Known for frequenting Washington Square Park in New York City, Norowitz is also a chess teacher and instructor. When he was younger, Norowitz received instruction from GM Roman Dzindzichashvili.
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