All-Wheaton Celebrates Community With 175 Player Event


Chess communities do not evolve over night.

Last weekend, nearly 600 from programs around the state gathered in Normal for the state K-8's. That doesn't happen by accident. Tuesday, ICA website readers learned about a 21-year old Elmhurst district blitz chess event attracting 275 players. 

Although organized by the coaches themselves, schools within the Wheaton-Warrenville District (CUSD 200) held a 175 player tournament in six individual sections and four team divisions to Wheaton Christian Grammar School on March 18.

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Emrikian Now Top 7 & Under in US; 48 IL Youth in Top 100's


As of the March 2017 official ratings, 7-year old Aren Emrikian has given Illinois a top-in-age-group distinction for the first time since David Peng briefly held that honor. Aren's 1864 rating is 42 points higher than the number two seven-year old from Arizona. 

Ekansh Mehrotra is the number two Illinois 7-year old (ranked 41 in the US). Yuvraj Chennareddy is the number three Illinois 7-and-under -- and in fact is still only 6 years old!  He is the fifth highest-rated six-year old in the country.

Arthur Xu is number two in the country for nine-year olds. Arthur is 17 points shy from becoming a US Chess Expert -- with a higher rating than any Illinois 10 or 11 year old -- or 12 year old other than Aydin Turgut.

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275 Face Off In Game/7 Elmhurst Pi Day Tournament


275 youth chess players competed for nearly two and a half hours at York High School in Elmhurst, March 14, Pi Day. The annual event was open to residents of the western Chicago suburb of Elmhurst -- or those who attend school there.

Playing blitz time controls of Game/7 with no delay, champions were crowned in five grade-based sections along with a combined middle school group. An informal high school tournament was also held.

Where two perfect five-for-five competitors were left, a five-minute play-off was held. And in all three instances, the lower tiebreak holder won the play off game!

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Shreya Mangalam Wins 2017 K-8's; Vikram Oberai Is 4-5 Champ; Owen Zhang Tops 2-3; Anshul Shetty Perfect In K-1; Avery Coonley School Wins 3 of 4 Team Championships


Congrats to Shreya Mangalam!

And Vikram Oberai, Owen Zhang, and Anshul Shetty.

All four are now Illinois state champions thanks to their stellar performances at the 2017 Illinois K-8 Championships completed March 12 in Normal, IL.

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Daniels Wins K-8 Blitz, Daniels & Davis Win K-8 Bughouse


Ahead of an amazing seven-way tie for second place, the team of Jacob Davis and Jason Daniels won the K-8 Bughouse competition with a perfect five-for-five peformance.

The event was held Friday, March 10, ahead of the K-8 Championships kicking off the next day at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal.

It took a fifth round victory over the team of Kevin Ho and Aidan Carey to earn the championship, with Ho-Carey earning second place hardware with the highest tiebreaks in the 4.0/5 score group.

Also posting 4.0's were Hoesley-Vincent, (third place), Deligiannis-Kaplan (fourth place), Katam-Sareddy (fifth place), along with Fayn-Platnick, Husarik-Kale and Mehta-Daniels (Alex).

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ICA Seeking Two New At-Large Directors To Round Out Board


The Illinois Chess Association is seeking two additional board members to serve out terms through December 31, 2017.

Board members will have an opportunity to contribute their voice to the decision making process for the 55-year old 501 (c) (3).

Duties will vary depending upon skillsets -- but the core responsibility will be telephonic attendance of monthly board meetings (typically on the second Wednesday of each month).

This is truly an opportunity to make a difference in the Illinois chess community.

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Pastor and Moolky Top U1600 at Chess-Ed's Kumbaya 100


Chess-Ed ran its 100th Kumbaya tournament March 5 at Niles North High School in Skokie.

114 competed in four rated sections with additional players participating in non-rated games.

Jonathan Phillips and Avi Kaplan were the elite duo in the 1600-plus field, playing head to head, with Phillips winning all three matches.

16 entrants faced off in the Under 1600 section with Adam Pastor and Ankush Moolky both posting perfect three-for-three tallies in Game/40; 5-second delay competition. Seven finished tied for third with 2.0/3 scores.

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Warren Junior Scholars and Rising Stars Enjoy Day of GM Training, Blitz, Bughouse, Awards... and Upscale Pizza


Approximately 75 ICA Warren Junior Scholars and Rising Stars enjoyed a spectacular day of training, competition, camardarie and recognition March 4.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of WJS Director Scott Daniels and event host Jeff DiOrio of Naperville North High School, the event represented the culmination of many months of activity to bring together the premier chess youth of Illinois with top-notch trainers.

The Scholars and Stars were also provided commemorative plaques memorializing their inclusion in an elite class for the 2016 - 2017 school year.

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109 Illinois Players Increase Ratings 150+ Points in March


Congratulations to Abhiram Karnatapu of the Bloomington Normal area for having the highest ratings differential in Illinois from February to March! Abhiram was one of 10 Illinois players with ratings bumps of 300 points or more!

Abhiram has never been an official member of US Chess but has played three scholastic tournaments in 2017 under the auspices of the Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess group. Under the US Chess JTP Program, players are allowed to compete in certain rated events without an official membership through third grade. This program is designed to allow young players to sample rated chess without having to incur the burden of membership dues.

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GM Perspective: USAT-N -- Battle of the Quarterbacks -- and Queen + Pawn versus Queen endings

The 2017 U.S. Amateur Team North Chess Championship, held February 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, set new records, with 78 teams and over 320 individual participants.

Two teams tied for first: “Fake Moves” (pictured) led by FM Sam Schmakel, and “How to Train Your Sicilian Dragon” with IM Eric Rosen on the first board (pictured with second board Tansel Turgut). 

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