Notice about Illinois Class Championship Prizes

On Friday, December 16th, the Illinois Chess Association confirmed that prize checks from last weekend's Illinois Class Championships issued by Mikhail Korenman's IntECS, Inc., were being returned unpaid, marked "Account Closed." Mikhail Korenman is currently out of the country and will return on December 22nd.

The Illinois Chess Association is profoundly embarrassed that this happened in one of its championship events. On Friday, December 16, ICA board members voted unanimously to pay the prizewinners in full and to reimburse them for any returned item or other bank fees that they may have incurred.

TD Sevan Muradian has recreated the prizewinners' list for us, and ICA Treasurer Carl Dolson will have checks in the mail as soon as he has contact info for the prizewinners.

If you won a prize at the Illinois Class please forward your mailing address to ICA Treasurer Carl Dolson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Again, please accept our sincere apologies!

2011 ICA Election: Ballots Due December 1

ICA is conducting elections for directors. Five director positions are up for election. Terms are two years.

Ballots were distributed by email by November 10 to ICA members eligible to vote. If you are eligible to vote in the ICA election, the official ballot and voting instructions are available here. Ballots must be postmarked by December 1.

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Bid and Tournament Guidelines Revised

ICA has revised its Bid and Tournament Guidelines, which are available here. Most of the changes apply only to scholastic events. While the changes are numerous, we list the highlights here. The revised guidelines will be in effect for tournaments starting in April 2012.

We’ve made more explicit our recommended procedures for the nuts and bolts of running tournaments such as signage, the routine use of PA systems, adequate staffing (including volunteers), having a central location for information and questions, and clarifying whether same-day sign-in will be required (especially if a significant number of no-shows is likely).

We’ve also amended the rules on time controls, notation, and home-schooling, and clarified that cash prizes may be allowed at youth tournaments in special circumstances.

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2011 Annual Meeting and Banquet, Andrew Karklins Honored, Brotsos to Emcee

The ICA is pleased to announce that FM Andrew Karklins has won the Broughton Lifetime Achievment in Chess Award. Join him and celebrate at the Banquet.

Breaking news: Jim Brotsos will emcee the 2011 ICA Banquet honoring Andrew Karklins.

Sunday, November 6, 2011
Annual Meeting: 11:00 a.m.
Banquet honoring Andrew Karklins: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Buca di Beppo
90 Yorktown Road
Lombard, IL USA 60148

Tickets are available online at

Like his father before him, Andrew Karklins has been selected to receive the Natalie Broughton Lifetime Achievement in Chess Award. Andrew's qualifications for the award include:

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Membership Offer 2011 Illinois Open

If you played in any of the events at the 2011 Illinois Open you are entitled to a three month membership or membership extension. Send an email from your own email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the following infromation:
-- Subject: IL Open 2011 Membership Offer
-- Name
-- USCF Number
-- Section played in
-- Membership Type: Regular (19+ years) Scholastic (under 19 years)
-- Mailing address

You will receive an email confirming your new membership details.

You must claim your membership no later than December 31, 2011.