WHO ARE: Charlotte Chess Center TBT 2018



Quick Hits

Bid: Buy-in slot 

Notable Players: Antwan Wilkerson, David Haughton

Number of Active Pros: 5

TBT History: Jamboree entrant in 2017. Lost to Broad Street Ballers.

Nutshell: Longtime chess professional and teacher John Curcuru is using TBT to try and help spread the game. Played well in the Jamboree last summer. 


What to Know

  • The team played as the Las Vegas Chess Center last summer.
  • In addition to chess, Curcuru has played in several professional poker tournaments across the country.
  • Curcuru played on the freshman/sohpomore team at UNC in 2001.
  • Former Johnson C. Smith standout Atwan Wilkerson dropped 28 points in the team's lone game last summer.


How They Fared in TBT 2017

Jamboree Round 1: Broad Street Too Much for Chess Center in Jamboree

It was an early tip-off in Philadelphia this morning, but neither team wasted time getting going in the Jamboree West semifinal.

Broad Street Brawlers took advantage of cold 3-PT shooting from Las Vegas (3-13 in the first half; 23.1%) to take a 49-44 lead into halftime. They came out strong to start the second, pushing their lead to as many as 10.

But the Chess Center had no intentions of lying down. They chipped away at the Brawlers lead, cutting it to just three late in the second half.

With a foul call at just under four minutes to play, the first ever Elam Ending was put into play. Broad Street led 88-84, setting the target winning score at 95 (88+7). Broad Street’s post scoring proved to be too much for Vegas to overcome, and a free throw from Dalton Pepper sealed the 95-88 win the Ballers.

The Brawlers really benefitted from spreading the love on offense. Six of Broad Street’s seven players scored, and every player that did ended with at least 12 points. Center Peter Alexis led the way with 21 points and six rebounds. Shooting guard Chris Fouch added 18 points and Philly University alumni Christian Burns pitched in 14 points and nine boards on his old home court.

Small forward Antwan Wilkerson shined for Las Vegas Chess Center with 28 points (12-18 FG) and 9 rebounds. Power forward David Haughton went for a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but the Chess Center just couldn’t knock down enough shots from behind the arc or the charity stripe to advance.

The win for Broad Street means they’ll move on to face Primetime NYC tomorrow for the final spot in the West for TBT2017. That game will tip-off at 12:45 on WatchESPN.