Registrations Over 700 (now 750!) For 2016 Chicago Open

 

With more than two dozen Grandmasters already signed up, registrations are mounting for the Memorial Day Weekend's Chicago Open.

As of  this hour, the overall number has eclipsed 600 700 750 and may approach or exceed 800 when all is said and done. (Last year's event included 826 including re-entries).

The eight-section event has already guaranteed a $100,000 prize fund. The Westin North Shore is the host site for the Continental Chess Association event.

Yangyi Yu (US Chess rated 2787!) , Varuz Akobian and Tigran Petrosian have all pledged to spend five days playing at the Open, beginnning Thursday, May 26.

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Dimitar Mardov Now Second Ranked Under 7 in US

 

Dimitar Mardov is the number two junior in the US aged 7-and-under as of the May 2016 ratings lists!

Aren Emrikian is ranked 20th in that age group... but is also the fourth-ranked six-year old in the US.

Illinois' two other top 10 players are David Peng, sixth in Age 13, and Jacob Furfine, seventh in Age 14.

The complete table of all 48 Top 100's is below the jump.

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Illinois Chess Contributors To Be Recognized By US Chess

Four long-time contributors to Illinois chess will be recognized by US Chess during a special luncheon held in conjunction with the 2016 US Open. This year's awards will be presented Saturday, August 6 in Indianapolis. 

Former ICA President Carl Dolson has been tabbed for Outstanding Career Achievement.

David and Sheila Heiser of Renaissance Knights will receive the Special Services Award.

The late Sevan Muradian will be acknowledged with a Tournament Director Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to all recipients.

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YCFC 2015-2016 Season Concludes at Chicago's Burbank; Bateman, Burbank and Skinner North Take Sections

 

The Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago concluded its 2015-2016 season with a May 14 five-round, three-section tournament at Burbank Elementary School in northwest Chicago with 219 competing.

According to organizer Mike Cardinale, this brought the season totals across the six events to 1,834 entries, for an average of 306 players per event. All the events provided free entry with a generous line up of trophies thanks to donations and countless hours of volunteer time. This is Cardinale's 14th year organizing the events.

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Illinois Juniors Amass Hardware Arsenal at Ice Harbor

 

Competing in five rated sections, Illinois players brought home an impressive array of trophies from the 4th Ice Harbor Scholastic held May 13-15 in Dubuque, Iowa at the Grand Harbor Resort.

In the K-12 Open section St. Charles East's Ryan Chimienti and Naperville North's Richard Zhang both posted 4.0/5's to tie for second place. Ryan gave section champion Abhy Shukla his lone blemish with a fifth round draw. Richard overcame an opening match loss, posting four subsequent wins. 46 players competed in the section. On tiebreaks, Ryan collected 4th place hardware while Richard was awarded fifth.

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Li, Do, and Liu Earn Tickets to Indy: Denker, Barber and Girls

 

Coming from behind is not something IMSA's George Li has to do often.

George drew Daniel Bronfeyn in the opening match of the Illinois Denker Invitational before finishing strong with four victories.

His 4.5 tally placed the highest-rated high school invitee in clear first place, earning him a spot in the prestigious national Denker competition late this summer in Indianapolis.

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Last Call for $107 Hotel Rate for Chicago Open; $2000 Guaranteed Prize Fund Offered For Sunday Night Blitz

 

An email from the Continental Chess Association reminds the community that Friday, May 13 may be the last day for the deeply-discounted $107 hotel rate for Chicago Open players. After today, the Westin North Shore has the right to bump up the nightly room rate. 

Already some room configurations are no longer available for the Memorial Day Weekend event at the posh Westin in Wheeling.

The Chicago Open kicks off May 26 with nine rounds for the Open Section, with other sections providing seven rounds and the option of either a three-day or two-day schedule.

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ICA Selects Bloomington Normal to Host 2017 K-8 Event; 2016-2017 Scholastic Year Calendar Shaping Up

 

After an exhaustive examination of alternatives, the Illinois Chess Association has accepted a bid from the Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess (BNASC) to host the Illinois K-8 championship for the 2016-2017 school year.

BNASC President Amy Green expressed pride in the decision to offer the hosting rights to her organization. She indicates the competitive dates for the events itself will be Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, with wild-and-crazy Bughouse (two-person teams) and faster-than-the-speed-of-light Blitz on that Friday.

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8 Illinois Juniors Within Top 10 on Ties at '16 Elementary Nationals; Avery Coonley School Earns Three Team Trophies

The beauty of a Swiss-paired chess tournament is that after a few rounds, players start to compete against others of a similar level. And when that happens, draws become more likely.

In the K-6 Championship section of the 2016 US Elementary Nationals, a pair of late draws deprived Aydin Turgut from top honors after five straight wins out of the gate.

Finishing in a six-way tie for second with 6.0/7, the Decatur-area 6th grader took home third place hardware on tiebreaks.

Chicago's Aria Hoesley (coincidentally from Decatur School) finished strong with three straight triumphs to join the 6.0-score group, taking sixth place hardware on tiebreaks.

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V. Oberai Wins Lozano Spring Scholastic; Lara Nabs Classic

 

With a perfect five-for-five outing, third-grader Vikram Oberai has won the 2016 Lozano Spring Scholastic, held at the Rudy Lozano Branch of the Chicago Public Library on May 7.

The free non-rated event honored chess moms -- and mothers everywhere -- as players crafted Mothers Day cards between rounds.

Andrey Novikov, Vikram's final round victim, took second place among Grades 2-3 competitors while Virkam's brother, Aditya, took third place. Both Andrey and Aditya compiled 4.0's.

Daniel Roman -- who also fell to Vikram in the fourth round -- had the highest score among Grades 4-5 players. 

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