Freitag and Zekaj Top 5th Orwell Memorial

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).

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Middleton Unstoppable at Glenwood Club's Chess Wars

Chess Wars IV WinnersOn June 28th, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted its first Chess Wars -- [an event inherited from the South Suburban Chess Club -- hence the listing as Chess Wars IV].

It was a successful tournament; we had a total of 19 players [in the main event]. USCF Crosstables were published here.

Douglas Middleton (3.5) was almost unstoppable; the only blemish on his record was a last round draw to Jon Winick. However, Mr. Middleton fell victim to “Murphy’s Law”. Doug had chosen to enter under the tournament's "rating points only" option [at a reduced entry fee]. Therefore, he was ineligible for the prize distribution.

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Bennett Joseph Wins Knight Moves Summer Open in Pilsen

KMCC Summer Top TableNo stranger to to the Knight Moves Chess Club and its two decades of competitions, Bennett Joseph nailed down the championship at the KMCC's Summer Open, sweeping all five rounds.

The unrated event was held June 20th at the Lozano Branch of the Chicago Public Library in Pilsen.

A four-way tie for second at 3.5/5 included Fabian Ramon, Ayodele Abejide, Malik Brewley and Mark Jungo.  Joseph defeated Ramos in the second round and Abejide in the fourth round. 

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Out of Staters Sweep US Junior and US Senior Opens

Awonder Liang (left)Wisconsin youth won three of the four sections at the 2015 US Junior Open completed June 14 in Schaumburg.  Massachusetts GM Alexander Ivanov won the 2015 US Senior Open.

Both events were organized by Sevan Muradian of ChessIQ and Glenn Panner of Chess Weekend and were hosted at the Hyatt Regency of Schaumburg. Crosstables are viewable for the Junior Open and the Senior Open.

12-year old Awonder Liang of Wisconsin was perfect in the U18 section defeating Atulya Shetty of Michigan in the final round.  

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Schaumburg to Host Dual USCF National Events

Registrations remain open at this hour for both the 2015 US Senior Open and the 2015 US Junior Open. Both events kick off tomorrow, Friday, June 12, at the Schaumburg Hyatt Regency, and run through Sunday.

Entries can be viewed and registrations accepted here.

Tournament details can be viewed on the ICA calendar listings for the Senior and the Junior.

Both events are six-round tournaments beginning at 10am on Friday. The time controls are Game in 90 minutes with a 30-second (per move) increment.

Juniors will compete in four age-based sections: Under 21, Under 15, Under 11, Under 8. Overall prizes will be supplemented by additional age- and ratings-based prizes.

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Mardov & Peng Represent Illinois in Rated Online Tournament

Update: Mardov Wins Under 6 National Title!  Peng Wins U12!

Dimitar in action6-year old Dimitar Mardov and 12-year old David Peng will be the two Illinois competitors in the 4th ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC). 

The five-round, three-day event kicks off this evening, June 5. All five rounds will be broadcast live on Chess.com/TV. Round one is Friday at 6:00pm, but it is anticipated that broadcasts will start after all games have begun, perhaps 15 minutes or so after the round begins.

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Dr G's Hosts First "Chess Plus" Event in Urbana

Dr G's Chess Event, 5/30/15Dr G's first annual Chess Plus Event, held on May 30 at Urbana's Lincoln Square Mall, added up to three-plus hours of chess adventure for more than 20 youngsters, ages 5-12.

Family and friends gathered as the talented youth enjoyed relaxed yet competitive game play and analysis.

Blitz, Speed, Challenge, Puzzles, Demo Debates, Pawns, Knight/Queen -- and Dr G's Treasure Chess (aye, doubloons!) captivated the audience.

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Naperville North Hosts Community Chess Extravaganza 8

Extravaganza 8 WinnersOn Wednesday, May 27th, the IHSA State Champion Naperville North High School Chess Team hosted a night of chess fun for the Naperville community.

The tournament featured unrated sections by grade level, rated sections, a parent tournament, a group lesson, and a "Beat the Varsity Player" challenge.

The goal of the tournament was to continue to spread the great game of chess to the community and to raise money for the NNHS Chess Team to compete in USCF National Tournaments next year.

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Albanian Expert Dritan Zekaj wins 2015 Lincoln Memorial Open; 3-Way Tie in Reserve: Sean Insley, Tom Segreto, Bryce Lawson

Dritan Zekaj made quick work of the field at the four-round Lincoln Memorial Open. The four-round event was hosted by the DeKalb Chess Club.

Zekaj, an MBA and JD student, played his final provisional game, raising his USCF rating to 2088. He avenged his loss to Suresh Rajamani in the previous DeKalb event. Rajamani took second place winning his other three matches, boosting his rating to 1851.

Rockford's Elijah Patterson won two of his four games, breaking the 1550-mark for the first time at 1554.

The one-day event observed the 93rd anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on May 30, 1922.

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Top 100 Youth -- May 2015

Illinois continues to host 11 18-year olds in the top 100 nationwide, whereas statistically we'd expect to have only four.

For the first time, Illinois has six females among the top 100 Under 21 with three above 1900.

Illinois is proud to host six top ten players in the country including #4 18-year old Sam Schmakel, #5 12-year old David Peng, #5 10-year old Aydin Turgut, #6 13-year old Jacob Furfine, #7 U13 Girl Marissa Li and #9 (tie) 15-year old George Li.

Akhil Kalghatgi rose above 2000 once again and Nicholas Bartochowski smashed the 2K barrier for the first time, climbing to 2043!

That gives Illinois 15 junior Experts along with six junior Masters (or better).

High improvers this month included Eddie Zhang up 85 rating points and Alex Zhao up 83. 

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