Texas IM Xiong Wins 2015 Chicago Open

With a ninth round defeat of Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista, IM Jeffery Xiong claimed the 24th Chicago Open championship. The victory was worth $10,300 to the Texan who was undefeated with five wins and four draws for a total of 7.0/9 points.

In round eight, IM Xiong handed GM Boris Avrukh his first defeat in five events since moving to Illinois from Israel. Avrukh had compiled 19 wins and 13 draws before the loss, lauding his game against the eventual winner.

The 2015 Chicago Open, concluding May 25, attracted 826 players to the main event, an 18 percent larger field than in 2014.

At 6.5/9 there was an eight-way tie for second place with FM Eric Rosen nabbing the slightly-richer $2000 prize for top Under 2400 score in the Open. Seven others -- all Grandmasters -- each took home $1671.43. 

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24th Chicago Open Kicks Off Today

The 24th Chicago Open promises to have something for everyone over the course of five days. The jewel of the Continental Chess Association's midwest circuit begins May 21 for Open Section players only. 4-day, 3-day and 2-day options begin tomorrow for the other seven sections.

20 Grandmasters are already pre-registered with hours to go before the event launches.  American GM's such as Daniel Naroditsky, Samuel Sevian, Josh Friedel and Conrad Holt join international GM's Illia Nyzhnyk, Andrey Stukopin and Bartiomiej Macieja.

Illinois may be fielding the most GM's it has ever seen in this event with Boris Avrukh, Vladamir Georgiev, Nikola Mitkov, Dmitry Gurevich and Mesgen Amanov all registered.

Nearly 700 entrants have signed up with over 100 in the Open. Registration remains open at this hour.

Once again, GM John Fedorowicz will entertain the masses with free game analysis and many entertaining stories involving chess legends.

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Discounted USCF Memberships Available For Juniors

From now through the end of May (2015), any juniors K-12 who are interested in a USCF one year membership at the rate of $9 may contact Carl Dolson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This gives the member the right to play in USCF-rated events and to achieve a USCF rating.

This membership is part of a bulk purchase which does not provide for mailing of a printed magazine, but does include access so that the Chess Life (or CL for Kids) magazine can be viewed and selectively printed at home.

There are a limited number of vouchers and once the supply is depleted, the promotion may not be available to others.

Existing regular memberships are $17 for those Under 12, $22 for those Under 16 and $26 for other high schoolers, so this is quite a discount.

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Illinois Players Earn Hardware at 3rd Ice Harbor Scholastic, Panner Wins K-6 U800, Rockford Marshall Nabs K-12 U1200

IC - Gabe WebAidan Carey could have played it easy and entered the K-6 Open at the Third Annual Ice Harbor Scholastic. But who likes easy?

Instead the Avery Coonley School sixth grader entered the K-12 Open, beat a 1900, drew an 1800, raised his USCF rating to 1768 and nabbed the fifth place trophy.

Aidan's only loss came at the hands of Joseph Wan of Iowa, the event champion and the 2014 K-6 National Champion.

Fellow Aurora Chess Club member Vrishank Ramnath also might have vied for the K-3 Open championship, but after winning his first round, moved up to the K-12 where he won one and drew another against players twice his age. 

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Alex Zhao Wins K-1 National Championship, Coonley Takes 5th

Alex Z croppedAlex Zhao, a first-grader at Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, is the K-1 National Champion!

Alex defeated Californian Sriram Krishnakumar in the final round to secure the championship after upsetting top-rated Marvin Gao (1613) and third-ranked Adrian Kondakov (1500) in the sixth and fifth rounds respectively. 

Sriram was the top tiebreak in the ten-player 6.0 scoregroup, which included Illinois' Dimitar Mardov. Sriram claimed third place, Dimitar, the K-1 Illinois Champion, took fifth place. Sriram defeated Dimitar in the sixth round.

Virginia Kindergartner Ronen Wilson had a shot at the co-championship, but could only manage a draw in the last round against second-rated William Safranek (1596) of New York. Ronen finished with 6.5 to claim second place outright.

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Turgut Claims 2nd at National K-6, Daniels Ties for 5th

Dropping a game at a national tournament is never fun, but for Aydin Turgut it did not mean the end of the road.

Despite the fifth round loss to the eventual champion, Aydin rallied, won his last two games and, as things fell into place, Aydin claimed second place.

California fourth grader Andrew Hong, already a USCF master, was crowned National Champion. Aydin had the highest tiebreaks among a trio of 6.0/7's, despite having the lowest of the three pre-event ratings.

Aydin's bughouse partner, Jason Daniels had a strong finish of his own, posting 5.5/7, tying for fifth place, earning 13th place hardware on tiebreaks.

Buffalo Grove's Ricky Wang was a half-point back at 5.0, tying for 18th, 19th on tiebreaks.

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Advaith Prabu Ties for 4th at National K-5, 7th on Tiebreaks

AP-K5Advaith Prabu came within a half-point of the National K-5 Championship. The fifth grader finished 6.0/7, losing only to Washington's Anthony He, the second highest-rated player in the section.

Anthony drew the first and second place finishers, Tan Nguyen and Daniel Levkov, in the sixth and seventh rounds respectively. As a result, the fourth grade USCF Expert finished with the highest tiebreak among six 6.0 scorers, taking home fourth place hardware.

Advaith claimed the seventh place trophy, despite having the lowest pre-event rating among the top 10 finishers. His score paced his Benjamin Elementary (Bloomington) team to 17th place hardware. Also contributing to the Benjamin team score were Tyler Tanton (3.5), Arnav Sriram (2.0) and Owen Parker (2.0).

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Aaron Gan Ties for Third at National Elementary K-3

AG15 K3Aaron Gan of Lincolnshire's Half Day School won six of his seven games -- including his last five matches -- tying for third place in the K-3 section of the 2015 Elementary Championships.

On tiebreaks, Aaron took home fifth place hardware from the Nashville competition which concluded May 10.

Second grader Arthur Xu had the top tiebreak among 4.5 scorers, tying for 46th place out of 255 players competing in multiple rounds.

A half-point back was Vrishank Ramnath and Sohan Bendre, both with 4.0's.

Sohan's 4.0 paced Avery Coonley School to 15th place team honors. Yash Desai (3.0), Jaden Fauske (2.5) also contributed to the 11.5 team result, along with solid tallies from Abhi Batchu and Neola Edwin.

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Mardov and Zhao Perfect at National K-1 Through Five Rounds, Max Malecki also 5.0/5 in K-6 Under 1000

Update: In a major upset (330 rating points!), Alex Zhao won his sixth round match and is one of three perfect scores remaining in the National K-1 Championship. Max Malecki also won round six, and now plays for the K-6 Under 1000 championship.

Dimitar Mardov (5.0/6) is playing white on Board 5 in the K-1, Aydin Tugut (5.0/6) is playing white on Board 5 of the K-6 Championship, and Aaron Gan (5.0/6) is playing black on Board 6 of the K-3 Championship. In the K-5 Championship, Peter Zheng (5.0/6) is playing black on Board 6 and Advaith Prabu (5.0/6) is playing black on Board 9.

Original story: With two rounds remaining, a pair of Illinois youth have two of the five perfect scores in the K-1 section of the National Elementary Championships. The seven round event concludes today in Nashville, TN. 

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Daniels-Turgut Team Wins National Bughouse Championship

2015 National Bughouse ChampsIt won't impact their USCF ratings in the least, but a pair of downstate Illinois juniors have claimed the National Elementary Bughouse Championship.

Jason Daniels and Aydin Turgut compiled 11 out of 12 points to claim clear first place at the competition completed May 7 in Nashville, TN. They split in the fourth round with Alex Costello and Max Lu, the pair which took second on tiebreaks atop a four-pack of 10.0 scorers.

Jason is in sixth grade, Aydin is in 5th grade. Aydin is the defending K-5 Champion, a title he earned at the same competition last year in Dallas. 

70 pairs competed in one or more rounds of the bughouse competition. Results are posted at the USCF site.

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