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.

Call for 2012 USCF Delegate Nominations

Call for applicants interested in being Illinois’ voting delegates in the USCF

USCF has asked its state affiliates to choose this next year’s state representatives (“delegates”) for the USCF annual meeting by November 1, 2011.  The one-year term of office for Illinois delegates will commence on January 1, 2012.  Six delegates and up to six alternates will be chosen by the ICA Board from nominations received.

The next USCF annual meeting will be held in Vancouver, Washington on August 11-12, 2012.  If you would like to serve as a delegate, you must confirm your ability and intent to attend the meeting. This is intended to ensure a quorum.  Travel expenses will not be reimbursed by ICA. It is also helpful (but not required) if you can attend the series of Delegate Workshops held in Vancouver on August 8-10, 2012 in which much of the advance work of the USCF annual meeting is done.

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IECS awarded 2011 Illinois Class Tournament

International Educational and Cultural Services, Inc. will hold the 2011 Illinois Class Tournament on December 10th and 11th. The event will be a two day tournament with two games per day in the upper sections, time control will be G90 + 30 sec. The site is the beautiful Orland Park Cultural Center in Orland Park, IL. Complementary parking is available at the Cultural Center property for over 200 vehicles and the event organizers will provide free pick-up and drop-out at the Orland Park Metra station.

The ICA Board unanimously confirmed the recommendation of the Bid Committee during last Thursday's ICA board meeting. The ICA also wishes to thank the Joliet Junior College Chess Club for its bid. Both bids were of good quality and the decision was not easy. We are grateful to everyone for their work in organizing and submitting their bids.