Games 19228 and 19229 have been removed from the Illinois Games Database. The games which showed Bill Brock defeating Fred Allsbrook were not actual games, they were analysis that was mistakenly included in the database. Apologies to Mr. Allsbrook.
With plenty of time to register, Illinois players are committing to compete in the 61st Iowa Open August 29-30. The swanky Marriot Resort and Convention Center in Coralville, IA will once again be the host site, just over a three-hour drive from the Chicago Loop, two hours northwest from Peoria and about an hour west of the Quad Cities.
As of this posting, Illinois' Pete Karagianis and Angelo Young have registered as have juniors Patrick Rao and Abhy Venkat.
In addition to the two-day Open, the weekend will feature a one-day Reserve tournament (Under 1600), a one-day Rated Beginner's Open (Under 1200) and a one-day Quick Chess side event on Friday night (six rounds, Game/10; two-second delay).
Registration for all four events can be accomplished here (under Iowa State Chess Association) and details can also be found on the ICA calendar.
On July 16th, The Glenwood Chess Club was proud to host International Master Dejan "Maks" Maksimovic, who has recently returned to the Chicago area from Europe.
"Maks", an IM with a FIDE rating of 2432 (and a GM norm), warmly greeted the members of the club, and after some introductory remarks from Glenwood CC President Ken Windmon, proceeded to take on 18 club members in a simultaneous exhibition.
Moving from board to board, Maks introduced himself to each player with a handshake, and the battles were on!
Fresh off his five-way tie for first at the 2015 World Open, GM Alexander Ipatov has signed up for the Eighth Chicago Class. The Class kicks off Friday at the Westin North Shore in Wheeling.
Although he's never played a tournament here, GM Ipatov, rated USCF 2715, is registered as from Illinois. The 20-something is the second highest-rated Turkish-registered player in the FIDE database, achieving GM-status in 2011. Ipatov is rated 337 points higher than #2 registrant, FM Dennis Monokroussos.
[Update: FM's Gauri Shankar, Sam Schmakel and Tansel Turgut have now registered.)
The ICA announcement is posted here. Event sign up can be accomplished here. ICA members receive a $5 discount as they will for September's Illinois Open, October's Midwest Class and the Illinois Class in November. Such a deal!
Rafeh Qazi defeated fellow-Expert Robby Hecht in the fourth round to claim top honors at the 115th Knight's Quest, held July 12 in Northbrook.
Alec Feygin prevailed over Howard Cohen in the last round, giving both players 3.0/4 scores (along with Hecht, John Compton and Nathan Fong).
26 competed in the Open Section at a tepid Game/40 pace, boosted by a five-second delay. Overall, 103 players entered one of the tournament's four sections. Crosstables have been published here.
Playing in his first USCF-rated event, Nathan Xu was a perfect 3-0 with a full-point bye in the first round, earning clear first in the Under 1400 section. Eric Helgemo was second at 3.5/4, boosting his rating to the 1250's.
With a fourth round victory over Jason Daniels, Sam Schmakel completed a perfect 4-0 campaign at the July 11 Evanston Tri-Level.
Schmakel took a lead in the opening which he never relinquished. Daniels finished at 3.0, tying for second place with Robby Hecht, Bill Brock and Jonathan Lee. In the penultimate third round, Daniels defeated Hecht, one of the event's two USCF Experts.
A five-way tie for sixth place at 2.5/4 included Nicholas Bartochowski (the other Expert), Bill Smythe, Neel Jay and brothers Tom and Adam Bareket.
Crosstables are published here. 27 competed in the Gold Open sections with three additional players posting single games.
With a GM draw, Experts Todd Freitag and Dritan Zekaj cemented their co-championships of the 5th Orwell Memorial Open.
The four-round event was held June 27 in DeKalb, representing the sixth stop on the 2015 Illinois Chess Tour. USCF Crosstables are posted here.
Entering the last round at 2.5, Junior Tom Bareket had a chance to join the top score group, but the junior dropped his last game to Expert Bradley Guan. Guan had lost to Freitag in the penultimate round.
Guan finished at 3.0 as did fellow Naperville North teammates Danny Emge and Mark Reed. Emge claimed top honors for those starting the tournament Under 1800 while Reed had the top score for Under 2000's (which had a slightly lower prize pool).