5 Different Teams Win Sections at Wildwood YCFC Event


Decatur, Skinner West, Ward, Irving Park CICS and Bateman were the team winners at the April 22 YCFC / CCF competition hosted by Wildwood International Baccalaureate Magnet School in Chicago. 261 competed according to organizer Mike Cardinale.

Fox Valley Chess Club's Anshul Shetty won the K-2 Novice section with a perfect 5.0 score, a half-point better than home-schooled Hili Bareket. There was a seven-way tie for third place with Kinzie's Isabella Patel-Garcia posting the the highest tiebreak.

Decatur's top four tied with Skinner North's top quartet with 12.0 apiece, winning the K-2 first place trophy on tiebreaks. Fox Valley was a half-point back in third place with 11.5.

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2017 Illinois Youth Invitational


The 2017 Illinois Youth Invitational was held April 21 - 23 at the Schaumburg Hyatt Regency. The Denker section featured 12 of the top high school players in Illinois. The Barber included a dozen of the best K-8 players. The third section pitted eight of the highest-rated girls in the state. The winners of each section will represent Illinois at their respective national competition at the U.S. Open in Norfolk, VA this summer. 

A three-way tie in the Denker saw George Li prevail in a blitz playoff. Aydin Turgut won the Barber with a clear 4.0/5 tally, a half-point better than runner-up Arthur Xu. Xu managed to eclipse the 2000-mark for the first time to earn his USCF Candidate Master title. Marissa Li won the Girls section outright with 3.5, ahead of four girls with 3.0's.  Final standings and complete crosstables are listed below.

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Nguyen and McDonough Tie At HP April Event


Jim Nguyen and Dylan McDonough tied for first place at the Apirl 2017 Highland Park event,  both with 4.5/5 in the Advanced Section. Thanks to the slightly higher tiebreak, Bateman's Nguyen earned the championship trophy.

Julian Wang posted 4.0/5 to earn third place honors out of 17 participants in the Advanced, one of four sections of competition.

In the Fourth through Eighth Grade section, Adrian Onofre scored the lone 5-for-5 result to win clear first place.

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ICA Approves Discounted Group Memberships for ChessKid or Internet Chess Club / Chess FM To Support Illinois Youth


On April 19, the Illinois Chess Association Board of Directors approved support of a plan to offer youth chess players $1 per month online chess learning and playing tools.

As do other offerings in the marketplace, ChessKid.com and ChessClub.com offer a broad variety of videos and playing options. ChessKid Gold accounts are normally $49/year while ChessClub.com (ICC) accounts are $69.95.

But for only $12 for the year, Illinois youth can become part of either offering, placing the tools of chess improvement only a mouse-click away.

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Four-Way Ties Atop 2017 Greater Peoria Open In Both Open and Reserve Sections; Kevin Ho Takes 2017 Tour Lead


Draws a-plenty meant no perfect scores at the 2017 Greater Peoria Open, the third of ten stops on the 2017 ICA Chess Tour.

Pete Karagianis, Tim McEntee, Robert Reynolds and Wisconsin's Hersh Singh all posted three wins and two draws for 4.0/5 totals.

Karagianis drew Singh in the third round and fellow Master McCentee in the fourth round before finishing out the event with a victory over a Class C opponent.

McEntee also drew the Class A Reynolds in the final round.

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Volunteeers Sought for ICA Bid Committee


Have you been a few tournaments and pondered how all the pieces have come together, from the amount of awards to the size of the playing hall to the availability of places to sit between rounds? The entry fees? The number of tournament directors -- and their experience levels?

No detail goes unexamined!  All these and more are discussed by the ICA's Bid Committee when they are asked to evaluate competitive bids for various ICA events.

Have you attended an ICA K-8 (usually in March) and/or the ICA All-Grade (usually in November)? What about the Illinois Open or Illinois Class?

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Higuchi Runs 1st Harper College Event; Bartochowski Wins


On April 8, I was honored to host my first-ever USCF tournament at Harper College. 

Even with many other events happening around the state, a remarkable 45 players competed; 25 in the open and 20 in the U1700 section.  Out of 25 players in the Open section, there were six Experts and a Master in the field.

In the Open section, Nicholas Bartochowski was the clear winner.  Winning all three games, Bartochowski raised his rating to 2169. 

NM Ken Wallach and Experts Rishi Narayanan and Abhy Venkat tied for second with 2.5's.

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Opportunity For ICA Involvement; IL Open & IL Class Staffing


The Illinois Chess Association is a statewide non-profit helping to promote chess education and the enjoyment of chess competition. We're an all-volunteer organization, and although financially solid, it takes a lot of human capital for the organization to fulfill its mission.

Effective February 1, 2017, a new Executive Board was installed, and effective this week, three new at-large board members joined the oversight of the organization: Jeff Yasumoto, Eva Harrison and Paul Carey. David Rockwell has agreed to become Treasurer through the 2017-2018 calendar years.

These four are already keeping the President on his toes with insightful email exchanges!

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Clark Street Capital GM Invitational Hits Chicago


Chicago Chess Center is proud to present the Clark Street Capital Grandmaster Invitational on April 12th – 16th. The event features some of the worlds’ best chess players as well as up and coming, promising Chicagoans. The event features GM’s Ilya Smirin (former Israeli champion) Nikola Mitkov, Vladimir Georgiev, and Priyadharshan Kannappan.

This is the first event of its kind in the city of Chicago in the last decade, and it gives our young chess players the opportunity to compete and win international titles.

This event is being graciously sponsored by our friend Jon Winick of Clark Street Capital.

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Liu is All-Girls National Co-Champion; Li Clear 2nd in U16


Mirandu Liu has tied for first place in the U18 section of the All-Girls Nationals completed April 9 in Chicago. On tiebreaks, Miranda brought home the second place trophy. Miranda scored 5.0/6 as did her co-champion from New York.

Marissa Li won clear second place in the U16 section with her own 5.0/6 tally behind the champion from California.

81 Illinois females competed representing about 19% of the entrants, Although host Illinois entered the second-most players of any state, New York had almost twice as many entrants, over 1/3 the field.

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