IL IM Angelo Young Wins 2016 Iowa Quick Championships


Despite a final-round draw to Iowa youth Joseph Wan, IM Angelo Young posted the high score at the 2016 Iowa Quick Championships.

The six-round event was held Friday, August 27, the day before the Iowa Open began (along with the Iowa Reserve and RBO).

Angelo's 5.5/6 was a half-point better than the scores of co-runners up James Neal and Arshaq Saleem.

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Daniel Garrett Wins 2016 Bradley Summer Open


With a fourth-round draw against Martin Franek, Daniel Garrett secured top placement in the 2016 Bradley Summer Open, an Illinois Tour event.

Daniel's 3.5 was a half-point to the good over co-runners up "Northerner" David Rockwell and Mihir Bafna. David was a perfect 3-for-3, but did not play the last round. In the third round, David defeated Michael Leali who at 1854 was the tournament's top-rated entrant.

15 competed in the one-day Open.

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Jacob Plotnick and Amrutha Venkat Post Top Scores From Illinois at 2016 Iowa Rated Beginners Championship


With matching 3.0/5 results, Jacob Plotnick and Amrutha Venkat tallied positive scores at the 2016 Iowa RBO for players rated Under 1200. These were the top scores for Illinois participants in an August 27 event that drew players from nine states.

The time control was Game/30 with a five-second delay meaning it was dual-rated, impacting both US Chess Regular and Quick ratings.

The 54-player competition was won by Iowa middle-schooler Issay Niki who was a perfect five-for-five, raising his rating an impressive 275 points.

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Just Law Published as Electronic Book and Paperback; Tackles Hundreds of Tournament-Related Questions

Former ICA President and current US Chess Rulebook (6th Edition) Editor Tim Just has written a new book: Just Law. Tim informed the ICA that the title is available as an e-book and paperback on Amazon. It's hoped that a small supply might arrive in time for the Illinois Open Labor Day Weekend.

The book promises to answer the most frequently asked questions of players, tournament directors and organizers in a Q & A format: "notation, draws, byes, clocks, prizes, prize funds, ratings, making claims, playing sites, time controls, pairings, tournament management, tournament creation, scholastic chess mysteries" among other topics.

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New Record: 23 Illinois Juniors Rated Above 2000!


With the arrival of downstaters Caleb Denby and Andrew Fei, Illinois now has 23 juniors rated above 2000 as of the August official ratings. Five juniors are rated above 2200 and are considered "Masters". Between 2000 and 2199 is considered "Expert" territory.

Aren Emrikian jumped into the top five of the 7-and-unders (4th) -- and is the top six-year old in the nation.

Dimitar Mardov (7th), Aydin Turgut (4th), David Peng (5th), Jacob Furfine (10th), and George Li (9th) are also in the top 10 of their respective age groups.

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Matura Doubles US Chess Rating From mid-June to mid-July! Andrew Byrnes, Srihas Rao and Linda Pham All Up 300+!


With solid performances at four tournaments in June and July, Max Matura boosted his official US Chess rating a remarkable 632 points from July to August!

With a published rating in the 600's, Max won four of his five games at the 9th Chicago Class (in Class D competition). He also competed admirably at the 127th Knight's Quest (two wins, two draws), the June Elite Open and a Chicago Chess Center Pre-Opening RBO.

Others showing strong advances in their August ratings include Andrew Byrnes, Srihas Rao and Linda Pham (all 300+ changes). A larger table is listed below.

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47 Compete At Aurora Fundraiser Fighting Blindness In India


When Sriram Ashokkumar mentioned to his uncle that he thought a chess tournament could be more than just about chess, it sparked a chain of events leading to a wonderful outing August 20 in Aurora.

47 competed in a four-round, non-rated chess with all proceeds going to the Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission. The Mission aims to eradicate blindness which it deems "the most painful human handicap".

Four players tied with 3.0 points in the adult / high school section with Indian Creek high schoolers Sean and Austin Insley, Alwyn Pang and Joe Zemgulys all in that score group.

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Big Tournament Weekend Ahead: BSO, Iowa Open, Indy Open


There is something for everyone who enjoys tournament play on the weekend of August 26-28. Iowa, Indiana and Illinois will all host major tournaments that weekend, with thousands of dollars in prize money on the line.

The Bradley Summer Open will take place on one day, Saturday, August 27 with $240 guaranteed to the winner, among many other awards. More importantly, the BSO is the 7th stop of 10 Illinois Tour events. The Peoria event's history is over 50 years. Both the Open and the Reserve (Under 1400) feature four rounds, Game/80, 5-second delay.

The Iowa Open is a two-day event with a 61-year history, but the Reserve (U1600) and RBO (U1200) are Saturday only. 

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GM Anish Giri's Visit Thrills Chicago Chess Community


Giri small eThe 9th-ranked player in the world drew an overflow crowd to a short question-and-answer session followed by some thrilling blitz simuls.

Anish Giri, a Dutch-based grandmaster, appeared at a reception sponsored by the electronic trading firm Optiver at their offices at Prudential Plaza, August 18.

Dozens of familiar faces in the Illinois chess community jumped at the chance to meet the GM.

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Girls in US Top 100 Lists for August, 2016: 44 Active Illinois Players Posted on Elite Lists, Li Striving to Join Liu as Expert


44 Illinois girls have managed to earn spots on this month's top 100 lists compiled by US Chess. Unfortunately, Illinois is without a qualifying 18 year old, but managed to have at least two active players on each of the other 11 lists.

Marissa Li is now within 25 points of joining Miranda Liu in the rarefied air of female Experts (rated 2000 or higher).

The lists are based on ratings achieved and processed by the third Wednesday of the prior month, in this case July 20, 2016.

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