2015 IL Senior Open Championship

10/31/2015 - 11/01/2015

A State Championship Event

Top Illinois resident finisher will be the Illinois Senior Champion for 2015.

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
5SS: G/120, d5.

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Columbus Day Weekend Discovers Midwest Class

Four Grandmasters have thrown their hats into the ring along with more than 50 others in the Premier Section of the 24th Annual Midwest Class. The five-round event is organized by the Continental Chess Association and is once again hosted at the Westin North Shore in Wheeling.

GM's Borish Avrukh, Vladimir Georgiev, Ashwin Jayaram, Alexander Goldin are expected to be among the leading contenders for the $2,000 championship prize.

All totaled, $20,000 in prize money will be awarded in seven sections. Once again, an $800 stipend will be award too the top male-female combined score.

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Volunteer Membership Secretary Sought

The ICA is seeking a volunteer Membership Secretary to keep its Membership database up to date and posted timely to the ICA website. Read More

Accepting Applicants for ICA Web Editor

The ICA is accepting applications for its Web Editor position. Read More

Call for 2016 USCF Delegates

The ICA is calling for delegates to the 2016 USCF Annual Delegates Meeting, taking place August 6-7, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN. If you wish to serve, please submit your application to Carl Dolson, ICA President, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than November 15, 2015.

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ICA Tournament Bid Schedule

2016 Illinois Senior Open Chess Championship

The Illinois Chess Association is requesting bids from organizers interested in organizing the 2016 Illinois Senior Open Chess Championship, the winner of which will be the 2016 Illinois Senior Champion.

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Notice of Election 2015

The ICA is calling for nominations of General Members to the Board of Directors. These are the five members who are not executive officers.

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Sam Schmakel Takes 2015 Illinois Blitz State Championship

19 players ventured out to the Crowne Plaza in Northbrook on Saturday evening, September 5, to compete for the Illinois Blitz State Chess Championship title. 

After five rounds of double Swiss action (10 games), our congratulations go to Sam Schmakel, who took the Illinois Blitz state champion's title with a score of 8.0 points. USCF Crosstables here.

Schmakel was followed by Dritan Zekaj and Vadim Ruzell, each with 7.5 points.

Schmakel, Zekaj, Ruzell, and Jonathan Hrach were tied at the top after three rounds with 5.0/6.0, with Nicholas Bartochowski a half point behind. Schmakel's separation from the pack came in round four, when he took both games from Hrach, while Zekaj gave up a half point to Ruzell. In the final round, Schmakel took the first game from Zekaj, cementing his Illinois Blitz state champion's title.

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Five Tie for Top Spot at 2015 Illinois Open

The 2015 Illinois Open State Chess Championship saw 94 contenders in the Open section, including five grandmasters, four international masters, and one woman international master.

After six hard-fought rounds, the Illinois state champion title will be shared by three, GM Alexander Goldin, GM Nikola Mitkov, and IM Florin Felecan, with non-Illinois resident IMs Priyadharshan Kannappan and Justin Tan also tying for the top spot, all with 5.0 points.

Six others were tied at 4.5 points, including GM Boris Avrukh, WIM Viktorija Ni, CM David Peng, and Masters Petros Karagianis, Jacob Furfine, and out-of-stater Nicholas Rosenthal.

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IL Open Starts Saturday; Five GMs Registered

The ninth event of the '15 Illinois Tour will feature two sections this Labor Day weekend in Northbrook. $8500 in total prize money is guaranteed at the Illinois Open State Championship.

Editor's Note: as of 9/4 5:00am, 152 are registered in both sections which is the total number who played in the 2014 Illinois Open.

Discounted entry is available for ICA members, but membership is not required to participate. Certain titled players receive free entry.

The six-round tournament features two- and three-day options. Once again the Crowne Plaze Hotel in Northbrook will be the host site. Details here; Registration here.

This year, the Ray Doyle Satterlee Memorial Upset Prize will be awarded in both sections.

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