For the second year in a row, 146 eight-board teams are competing at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) team championships. The two-day, seven-round event kicked off today, February 12, in Peoria.
Crosstables are being posted here on the IHSA site.
The IHSA event has a rich history and is a unique format as team chess goes. Before relocating to Alaska, filmmaker Rick Rysso created the documentary which profiles the amazing event and features many of the coaches who have guided teams over the years.
354 players competed in eight sections at the February 7 2016 Greater Chicago K-12 Championships, 98 of whom played in one of four "Varsity" divisions. US Chess crosstables are posted.
The event was organized by Renassance Knights Chess Foundation. According to its President David Heiser, the Foundation "sponsored 151 inner city students with free entry and one year USCF (US Chess) memberships."
Matthew Varga survived a second-round draw, winning his other four matches to post the highest score in the K-12 Varsity section, 4.5/5. Eric Starkman, Michael Dula and Eduard Danilyan all posted 4.0/5's.
By the narrowest of margins, Burbank (of Chicago) won team honors at the Highland Park February Scholastic. Paced by Angel Nunez's perfect 5.0 score, Burbank outpointed local school Indian Trail 24.0 to 23.0.
In additional to Angel's score, Johnny Tapia, Jose Onofre and Sigifredo Martinez all contributed 4.0's. Adrian Onfre and Santiago Sotomayor added 3.5's to the Burbank tally. Burbank entered 14 in the event with the top six scores counting towards the team total.
84 players competed in five divisions at the February 6 event.
Atop the 11-player Advanced competition, Eli Elder was a perfect 5-for-5, outpointing four players with 3.0's: Ari Koyfman, Lucas Acquasaliente, Dylan McDonough and Julian Wang.
156 entrants faced off in four sections at the Wheaton Christian Grammar School February 6. In three of the four sections, perfect scores were necessary to claim top honors.
In the Lower Primary section, a three-way tie for first saw the top finishers beating each other: Leopold Kozlowski, playing in his first-ever US Chess-rated tournament, defeated Isabella Myung in the final round to enter that mix. Earlier, he'd lost to Anshul Shetty who in turn lost to Isabella in the fourth round.
All three posted 4.0/5's, with Leopold's superior tiebreaks, he brought home the biggest trophy.
273 competitors fought it out Feb. 6 at the Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess event at Benjamin School.
Mohit Bayyarapu was a perfect five-for-five in the Lower Primary with 59 competing. Nine players posted 4.0/5.
Claiming first place, Zach Adkins won all five of his games in the Upper Primary with 95 entered. Harshal Joshi and Michael Xi were both a half-point back with 4.5's, drawing head-to-head in the last round. 11 players tallied 4.0 scores.
Shlok Kinikar posted the lone perfect 5.0/5 in the Elementary section.
246 competed in four sections at the January 30 Glenn Scholastic organized by Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess.
Five players tied atop the Junior High Section. Jacob Davis, Mukundan Raghav, Nihar Mothikuru, Lineeth Sareddy and Joseph Suh all posted 3.5's out of four.
Davis and Raghav drew in the final round while Suh and Mothikuru drew in the second round. Sareddy opened the tournament with a draw against Marcus Lee who finished with 2.5. 52 competed in the section.
Nicholas Bartochoswki went a perfect 3-for-3 to claim the January 30 Evanston 3 by 3.
A foursome tied for second place, a half-point back at 2.5, including Todd Freitag, Roman Kowalysko, Rishi Narayanan and Siddharth Acharya. Rishi and Siddharth drew head to head in the middle round. Kowalysko and Freitag drew in the final round.
22 competed in the Gold section.
In the 18-player Silver section David Chen won both of his matches after being awarded a first round bye to post the only 3.0 score.
If you are still in high school -- or younger -- and you need a USCF (US Chess) membership, you've come to the right place!
For a limited time, the ICA is offering $9 full-year memberships equivalent to the regular membership (the magazine is available for online viewing). These memberships are normally $22 for high school freshmen and $26 for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Update: Requests must be processed by January 31.
This offering is open to all -- but it is hoped will support the Illinois All-Girls Championship in January, the Illinois High School Individual Championships in February and the 2016 K-8 Championships in March.
40 young ladies participated in the first Illinois all-girls chess championship in five years. US Chess crosstables have posted.
The event was resurrected by Glenn Panner of Chess Weekend upon submission of a proposal to the ICA. Niles North High School in Skokie was the host venue which simultaneously hosted the 87th Kumbaya event. The four-round competition was held in three sections with Game/40; 5-second delay time controls.
IMSA sophomore Cassie Parent went undefeated in the Grades 6-12 section, winning all four matches, raising her rating 69 points to 1657.
US Chess (or as you may still be calling it, the USCF) has begun publishing Top 100 lists for girls at each age... not just the groups of U21, U16, U13 as was being compiled previously.
None of the age groups have 100 players yet, but it is hoped that by raising the profile for girls' chess, it may attract -- and retain -- more female players.