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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Joining the ICA Forum

ICA members and interested chess players are welcome to join our web site and our forum.

To join the ICA Forum, click the "create user account" link in the "user login" menu to the left. Follow the registration procedure, and you will be notified when your user account has been opened.

User names/passwords work for both the ICA web site and the ICA forum.

The forum is strictly for chess. No non-chess discussions or postings on the forum, please.

Anonymous postings will be removed by the moderators. When you post, make sure either your user name or your signature lists your name.

If you are interested in contributing news items to the site, contact president (at) il-chess (dot) org.

Cooperative Effort Leads to New ICA Committees

Joint efforts by dedicated people from the Illinois Chess Association and CoChess led to the establishment on November 11th of two new standing committees in the ICA. The Youth Committee will focus on building youth chess in the state. The Bid Committee will manage the procurement of bids and awarding of contracts for ICA events, both youth and adult.

The two new committees are the result of recommendations from two temporary task forces set up by the two groups in early September.

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