ICA Site Hacked Again, Articles Lost, No Further Content Forthcoming Pending Security Review


With days to go before the 2016 Illinois Class, the Joomla-based ICA site was hacked and shut down by the site's host due to suspicious activity. Prompt action by webmaster Bill Buklis and Joomla administrator Maret Thorpe got the site up and running within hours with minimal content loss.

Over the next few days additional updated content was restored and other mysteries were resolved. Life was back to normal.

Yesterday (December 5), the site was attacked again and in the process of getting it back up, many recent articles posted over the past two weeks were lost.

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Junior Submission: An Account of The World Championships


The ICA -- and this website -- encourages the submission of articles to this space from our chess-playing community. 

Earlier this year the ICA site was named the top website in the country out of all state affiliates. Unofficial calculations indicate our viewers enjoyed three times as many articles in 2015-2016 as the runner up (two-time defending winner Maine).

Nonetheless, we can do better. We would love more submissions from clubs and affiliates and also from coaches regarding their students and their progress.

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Sevan Muradian Awarded Broughton Award Posthumously


For his tragically-shortened lifetime contributions to chess, Sevan Muradian has been awarded the ICA's 2016 Natalie Broughton Award. 

The award will officially come Friday, November 25 at 5pm at the RAM Restaurant and Brewery, 1901 McConnor Parkway in Schaumburg. The restaurant is around the corner from the Hyatt Schaumburg where the Sevan Scholastic (Friday) and Sevan Memorial (Friday through Sunday) are taking place.

There is no cost to attend -- other than the price of food or beverages purchased -- and adults as well as children are welcome.

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George Li Breaks 2400, Wins 2016 Illinois Class and $500


George Li had quite a day Sunday.

The IMSA-junior defeated two Masters and two Experts posting a perfect 4.0/4 score in the top of seven sections at the 2016 Illinois Class Championships held November 20.

For his efforts in the 21-player Masters / Experts section, he received a $500 award. The FIDE Master's USCF rating surpassed 2400 for the first time.

And he managed to secure a second place plaque in the Open section of the prestigious 10-event 2016 Illinois Chess Tour.

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Registrations Over 150 for Sunday's Illinois Class


Robust competition is promised in seven sections as the 2016 Illinois Class convenes Sunday November 20.

Once again, the event is being held at the Hilton property in Lisle, just north of the I-88 tollway and east of the Naperville Road exiit.

Online registration continues through 9:00pm Saturday (11/19) -- and onsite registration will be available from 8:30am through 9:30am.

There are sections for everyone including separate U1200 and U800 sections. No previous USCF experience is required although a membership must be active. For juniors, an $11 annual membership is available, representing a substantial discount over standard rates.

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ICA Website Maliciously Attacked, Service Restored


Good news, bad news.

Service has now been largely restored on this website thanks to the valiant efforts of webmaster Bill Buklis along with those Maret Thorpe, the site-designer and Joomla administrator.

Unusual activity had been detected by the internet service provider, provoking them to close down the site for a time on Friday (11/18). The site was restored to its pre-attack state using back ups and attempts are being made to restore updated content.

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300-plus Compete at Lane Tech YCFC Tournament


310 junior players representing 45 teams competed at the initial Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago (YCFC) tournament of the 2016-2017 school year.

The five-round event was conducted at Lane Tech College Prep High School on the northside of Chicago November 12.

In true democratic fashion all five sections were won by different teams!

Andy Cao of Skinner North was the victor in the Novice K-2 section with a perfect 5-for-5. 

Decatur "edged" Edgebrook 13.0 to 12.5 to win the top team trophy in the K-2.

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50 Illinois Youth in November US Top 100's including Seven Masters and A Whopping 19 Experts


Led by 16-year old George Li and 13-year old David Peng, Illinois boasts seven junior USCF Masters as of the November 2016 published ratings. 12-year old Aydin Turgut, along with Jacob Furfine, Alex Bian, Spencer Lehmann, Jonathan Hrach fill out the magnificent seven.

Seven is also the magic number for 13-year olds and 16-year olds in the top 100 (whereas one might expect only four based on population). Our class of 15-year olds goes one better with eight, led by Furfine.

New names in the top 100's this month include 7-year olds Michael Li and Liam Murray who have both broken the 1000-mark. 

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Registrations Surpass 100 for '16 IL Class Nov. 20


If you would like a full-day of quality chess against compatible but not overwhelming opponents, there is no doubt that the 2016 Illinois Class would fill the bill.

The November 20 event is sponsored by the Illinois Chess Association with proceeds going towards supporting ICA operations and programs.

$30 (U1200 and U800 sections) and $50 registration slots (Masters & Experts, Classes A through D) are still available for ICA members with non-members paying $5 more.

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Save $200-plus, Early Registration Deadlines Approach: Sevan Memorial 11/11, IL Class 11/13, Sevan Scholastic 11/22


According to the National Retail Foundation, the average Black Friday shopper in 2015 spent $300. Imagine in how much better shape your pocketbook (or wallet) will be if you played chess instead that day!

Thanks to the Sevan Memorial (and Sevan Scholastic) you will have that opportunity to play tournament chess instead of shopping... and with a potential of $12,500 in prize money offered (in the main event) you might actually come out with positive cash flow! (Full disclosure: The prize fund offering is based on 220 paid entries).

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