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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ICA Seeking Two New At-Large Directors To Round Out Board


The Illinois Chess Association is seeking two additional board members to serve out terms through December 31, 2017.

Board members will have an opportunity to contribute their voice to the decision making process for the 55-year old 501 (c) (3).

Duties will vary depending upon skillsets -- but the core responsibility will be telephonic attendance of monthly board meetings (typically on the second Wednesday of each month).

This is truly an opportunity to make a difference in the Illinois chess community.

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New ICA Executive Board Takes Office


Acting Secretary (for purposes of elections) Bill Brock has announced a certification of results in the recent Illinois Chess Association elections.

Effective today, February 1, the following Executive Board members have taken office: Bill Feldman, President; Kevin Taylor, Metro VP; Murrel Rhodes, Downstate VP; Mike Flynn, Treasurer; and Stephen Plotnick, Secretary. The scheduled term is through 12/31/18.

Continuing in office as Board Members At Large, through 12/31/17, are D. Scott Daniels, Robert Stoltz and Michael Lenox, with two vacancies.

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CALL FOR BIDS: 2018 IL K-8 Championships


The Illinois Chess Association is now accepting bids for the 2018 Illinois K-8 Chess Championships.

Suggested dates are March 10 and 11, 2018. Preference will be given to bidders with an upstate location for 2018.

Bid deadline is now April 28, 2017.

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Sevan Muradian Conferred Broughton Award Posthumously


For his tragically-shortened lifetime contributions to chess, Sevan Muradian has been awarded the ICA's 2016 Natalie Broughton Award. 

The award will officially come Friday, November 25 at 5pm at the RAM Restaurant and Brewery, 1901 McConnor Parkway in Schaumburg. The restaurant is around the corner from the Hyatt Schaumburg where the Sevan Scholastic (Friday) and Sevan Memorial (Friday through Sunday) are taking place.

There is no cost to attend -- other than the price of food or beverages purchased -- and adults as well as children are welcome.

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