ICA Bid and Election Notices

ICA is in the process of obtaining bids for tournaments in 2018, and holding an election for five at-large board members.

Requests for bids are posted here: 

Call for Bids for 2018 Illinois Open State Championship, Call for Bids for 2018 Illinois All Grade, and Call for Bids for 2018 Illinois Class Championship. Send completed bids to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The instructions for self-nominating for an at-large board member position are here:

ICA Election cycle underway - Call for Nominations

Dr. Steven Tennant, 1948 - 2017


Dr. Steven Tennant, international correspondence chess master, national master, life master, and former Illinois state champion, passed away last week at the age of 69.

Graveside service Friday, 12/8/2017, 3:00 p.m. at Westlawn Cemetery, Norridge.

Info: The Goldman Funeral Group, www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com, (847) 478-1600.

A detailed article will follow.

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Casual and Competitive Chess at the Roselle Public Library!


Starting this winter, the Roselle Public Library District will be hosting chess events on most Thursdays. Non-library patrons are welcome!

Roselle Public Library is located on 40 South Park Street in Roselle. Roselle is a Northwest Suburb of Chicago located in Cook and DuPage counties, near IL Route 390, I-290, and I-355.

Stop by between 6:45pm-8:30pm for casual chess in the Library Atrium near the Adult Services section. Chess sets will be provided at the Library Card desk. Below is the current schedule for Casual Chess Meetups:
December 14th, 28th
January 11th, 25th

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November 2017: IL Top 100 Girls


The most recent lists include 46 young ladies from Illinois with eleven of them ranking in the top 20.

Nandini Prakash and Hili Bareket continued to gain rating points and both climbed 4 ranks in the “Age 7 and Under” list. Second-grader Saruul Ann Uuganbayar, who has only been playing tournament chess for six months, made her first appearance on the list — congratulations!

Eight-year old Siri Chennareddy can also be proud of her achievements, advancing from rank 72 to rank 41 in one month. Niyathi Girish is another newcomer on the list. Well done!

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November 2017: 53 Illinois Youth Among US Top 100's


Once again, Aren Emrikian is the #1 player in his age group in the US -- Ages 7 & Under.  Joining him in the top 10 this month is Yuvraj Chennareddy, #4 in that age range.

David Peng (14) and Dimitar Mardov (9) are both #2 in their respective age bracket.

Four other Illinois players are in the top 10 -- with an impressive array of 53 in the top 100's.

Four Illinois youth have been named to the US Chess All-America Team -- see recently posted article on the ICA site.

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Four IL Youth Named to Prestigious 2018 All-America Team


Four top Illinois juniors were among the 74 selected by US Chess for the 2018 All-America Team.

Candidates were based on their 1/1/2017 rating and peak post-tournament ratings from 7/1/16 through 6/30/17.

George Li was one of eleven 16-year olds with a minium rating of 2400. David Peng is one of eight 13-year olds with ratings above 2300.

Arthur Xu is listed as one of four 9-year olds with a minimum rating of 2000 -- and in fact, is listed as the top such youth. For the Age 8 and Under group, Dimitar Mardov is one of nine with ratings above 1900, designated as the third highest in the impressive group.

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GM Mitkov Wins 2017 Illinois Class Championship(s)


It's lonely at the top.

Grandmaster Nikola Mitkov was the lone GM entered in the 2017 Illinois Class Championship -- and he held form to win top honors at the one-day event held November 19 in the Chicago suburb of Lisle. 

GM Mitkov defeated Derek Paitrick a Wisconsin Expert, in the final round to close out the tournament in the Masters / Experts section, the top of seven divisions.

Wisconsin's Alex Velikanov took second place after requesting a half-point bye in the final round, finishing with 3.5. IMSA's George Li took clear third with 3.0/4, and presumably the 2017 Illinois Chess Tour top honors with his points from the event.

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258 Face Off At Peoria's 2017 Illinois All-Grade


[Editor's Note: the article has now been updated to include team results which were posted November 15. See below.] 

The Lutfiyya brothers took sibling rivalry to new heights at the 2017 Illinois All-Grade Championships, held November 11 at the Peoria Civic Center.

Pre-schooler Ren and First-grader Hudson both posted perfect 5.0's in the "Lower Primary" section (Grades K-1). 19 competed in the youngest division.

Ren benefited from a first-round bye but both finished two full-points ahead of an eight-way tie for third with 3.0 scores, with the Lutfiyya's earning a rare family state co-championship. 

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ICA's 2017 Annual Meeting Scheduled for November 18


The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Chess Association will be held Saturday, November 18 at Naperville North High School.

Agenda is pending, but the meeting should commence around 7:00 pm.

Earlier in the day, Warren Scholars and ICA Rising Stars will receive training, followed by a blitz tournament and an awards banquet.

The winner of the Natalie Broughton Award will be announced at the banquet. (Cancelled)

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Steve Szpisjak, Angelo Young Top '17 IL Senior Open


With a third-round head-to-head draw, Life Master Steven Szpisjak and International Master Angelo Young earned top honors at the 2017 Illinois Senior Open completed November 5 in Schaumburg.

Both Young and Szpisjak closed out the four-round event with victories, splitting $375 in prize money.

Larry Cohen and Tim Ailes finished tied for third place with 2.5/4's -- a full point behind the co-champions.

With 2.0's, Sam Henderson, Rick Jaconette and Daumants Hauzer tied for the best Under 1800 score in the Open Section.

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October 2017: 51 IL Youth Among US Top 100's; 8 Top 10's


Ages 7, 9 and 16 each have three Illinois players ranked in the US Top 30's.  All totalled, 51 youth are on one of the Top 100's.

Eight Illinois players are in the Top 10 of their respective age group, with Aren Emrikian (7), Dimitar Mardov (9), and David Peng (14) all one spot away from highest honors.

Four females are on the lists irrespective of gender.

A remarkable 24 players are at 2000 or above this month -- with Edward Zhang and Rishi Narayanan within 10 rating points of that distinction.

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