Register to Vote in USCF Elections

The United States Chess Federation will hold an executive board election in July. In order to vote in this election, you must be a USCF member in good standing, and you must register to vote. The deadline to register is March 31. To check your status as a registered voting member, go to To register as a voting member, go to: For more information on voter registration, click here. Ballots will go to registered voters with the June edition of Chess Life.

Executive Board re-elected for two more years

Joe Splinter, Larry Cohen and I [Pattie Zinski] counted ballots today [Dec 5th] at the Glen Ellyn Library. Here are the results:

President: Tom Sprandel 16 votes, no write-in candidates
Metro V.P.: Michael Cardinale 15 votes, no write-in candidates
Treasurer: Carl Dolson 16 votes, no write-in candidates
Secretary: Maret Thorpe 16 votes, no write-in candidates
Downstate Vice President: David Long 10 votes, Mark Nibbelin 1 vote

We did not count two ballots that we received. The first one had no name or return address, so we could not verify that whoever sent it was eligible to vote. The second ballot had checks next to the printed list of candidates, as well as checks and names written for write-in candidates.

Revisions in Tournament Guidelines Under Way

ICA issued comprehensive bidding and tournament guidelines in January of 2010. An update of those guidelines is presently under way, with the goal of providing more detailed guidance to organizers on nuts and bolts designed to make tournaments run smoothly. The project has been on our drawing boards and is being expedited partly to address problems which arose at November’s All Grade state championship. The project is being spearheaded by Pattie Zinski of our Youth Committee and Garrett Scott, chair of our Bid Committee.

ICA Announces 2011 Illinois K-8 State Chess Championship

The Illinois Chess Association is pleased to announce that the 2011 Illinois K-8 State Chess Championship will be held in Normal, Illinois at the Illinois State University Bone Center on March 5-6, with State Blitz and Bughouse Championships on the evening of March 4.

The ICA Board of Directors unanimously approved the ICA Bid Committee's recommendation of the bid from Bloomington-Normal Area Scholastic Chess (BNASC). BNASC has successfully run this tournament as well as  the State All Grade Championships several times in the past.

Trio Wins Bid for November 2010 All-Grade Tournament at Whitney Young

The ICA Bid Committee recently went through its initial trial, reviewing two bids for the 2010 Illinois All Grade Championship. Six committee members had input on the bid and participated in a thorough and lively email discussion of the options before us. The committee ultimately recommended to the Executive Board that it approve the bid submitted by Paul Kash (Whitney Young), Zack Fishman (Chess Education Partners) and Michael Cardinale (Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago). The Executive Board unanimously approved our recommendation at its February 11th meeting.

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