The Illinois Chess Association (“ICA”) is the recognized state affiliate of the United States Chess Federation (“USCF”) for the State of Illinois. ICA is an Illinois corporation with not-for-profit status under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) §501(c)3. As the USCF state affiliate, ICA is responsible for conferring chess titles for the state of Illinois under USCF auspices.

Although the ICA is responsible for conferring USCF titles in Illinois and retains the right to organize a championship tournament itself, it may request and encourage other organizers to submit bids for state titled events. ICA may also confer a title based on an event run by another entity. For example, ICA has in the past recognized the title awarded by IHSA for the high school team title.

General bid and tournament guidelines are below. Current calls for bids, including event-specific requirements and bid deadlines will also appear on this page.

Bid and Tournament Guidelines

These are ICA’s tournament bidding guidelines (revised 5-9-13). Also available below are the two bid forms in Microsoft Word format.

Bid and Tournament Guidelines 2013-05-09 (PDF)

Conflict Disclosure Statement (Word)

ICA Bid Table (Word)

Sample tournament specs for past bids

Following are specifications for past tournaments that ICA has put out for bid. Note: These specifications may be out of date, and bidders are advised to make sure they have the current versions.

2011 Illinois Class Championships

2011 Illinois All-Grade Chess Championships

2011 Illinois K-8 Chess Championships