ICA Election cycle underway - Call for Nominations

The ICA election cycle for five at-large ICA board members has begun.

In order for your name to appear on the ballot, you must state your willingness to serve and submit 10 declarations of support from ICA members by December 20th. Nominations should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The election cycle is beginning late this year and as such a different schedule will be used. The schedule is as follows:

November 27th - Notice of election and call for Nominations

December 20th - Nominations are due

December 20th - Membership deadline to be eligible to vote

January 1st - Deadline for distribution of ballots

January 16th - Last day to mail ballots

January 21st - Counting of ballots

February 1st - General board members take office

2018 Illinois Tour Schedule Announced

The ICA Board of Directors has approved the 2018 Illinois Tour Schedule. The Tim Just Winter Open will kick off the tour on January 6-7 and the Illinois Class will again conclude the tour. The David Mote Memorial held on March 3rd in Springfield is a newcomer to the schedule. Please see the complete schedule below.

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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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Opportunities Available To Serve as Delegate to US Chess Business Meetings in Wisconsin During Late Summer of '18


Late next summer, representatives from most states will convene in Middleton, WI (outside Madison) to discuss updates to the US Chess rulebook and matters of importance in the governance of the nation's primary chess organization.

Based on its membership, Illinois is currently authorized to send five delegates, along with multiple alternates.

Under ICA bylaws, notice is required to be "posted on the ICA website at least 30 days in advance of such selection" and shall ask those interested in serving in these positions "apply in writing and confirm their ability and intent to attend."

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ICA Seeks Downstate Board Member


Although the ICA Board is nine members strong -- a step up from where we were in the prior year -- we're still one short according to ICA bylaws. While ICA President Bill Feldman has received several inquiries from individuals within Cook County and its six surrounding "collar" counties, there is a strong hope to find additional representation involving any of the other 95 Illinois counties.

At this point, the board is meeting telephonically on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 so that availability is important, along with a strong interest in expanding chess in Illinois and enhancing ICA services. Finances for the 56-year old 501 (c) (3) are incredibly solid, so we'd like to hear from folks willing to work cooperatively to guide a sea-worthy vessel.

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