ICA Bid Committee

The ICA Bid Committee's task is to gather and review tournament bids and recommend a chosen bidder for ICA State Sanctioned Championship events to the ICA Board. Members of the ICA Bid Committee include:

Murrel Rhodes (Chairperson) has been active in the Peoria chess community for over 40 years. He has also been active in ICA, having served as editor of the Illinois Chess Bulletin, and in the USCF, where he has been a voting delegate from Illinois. Murrel is a chess Expert and currently helps run Peoria’s Hult Chess Club for kids in grades K-9 ( A retired businessman, he is also an active private coach.

Chris Merli has been playing chess since 1970. He earned a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois in1997 and teaches Biology and Chemistry at Richland College in Decatur. His principal research focus is on the regulation of genes. Chris is an Associate National Tournament Director currently working on his National Tournament Director exam. He has directed a number of national tournaments and is heavily involved in high school chess, coaching the excellent University High School team in Urbana and serving as pairing chief at the IHSA State Championship. He also coaches elementary school players and promotes elementary school chess in central Illinois. He has served as the Missouri Chess Association Executive Director and as both the Vice President and President of the ICA. He is currently on the board of the Illinois Chess Coaches Association.

Jeff Wiewel’s mother taught him chess when he was eight. He was Board 1 on the Larkin High School team in Elgin, one of the district’s top teams, and around that time began playing at the St. Charles Chess club. He played in three Pan-Ams while attending the University of Chicago, and became an expert in 1984, peaking at 2137. Jeff has played in ten US Opens. In 1983 Jeff began helping Erv Sedlock's St. Charles team directing K-8 tournaments, which then had little competition. The K-8 state championship was then breaking records with approximately 100 kids. He became an NTD in 2002 and is one of the country’s most active tournament directors. In youth and scholastic chess, he’s directed at 26 national championships, 34 state championships, and more than 150 other events. He’s also directed at more than 20 major national and state open tournaments including four National Opens, and more than 100 club events. He is currently vice-chair of USCF's Tournament Director Certification Committee and became active in ICA in 2009, chairing a task force which drafted ICA’s comprehensive bid guidelines. As a service to coaches and organizers, he sends regular email updates of the schedule of Chicago-area scholastic tournaments.

Pending Bios:

Glenn Panner

Erik Czerwin

Rose Grandy

Bill Buklis

Rick Vincent