Gordon Boomstra, Anthony Yang win at Rated Beginners' Open #13

Rated Beginners' Open #13 drew 22 players to UIC's Student Center East on December 9th. Gordon Boomstra won the Under 1200 Section, scoring a perfect 5-0 and increasing his provisional rating to 1374 after only 14 games. (In case you're wondering, eligibility for this event is always based on the current month's official US Chess ratings) Jared Slucter, Jack Glerum, and Matthew Chang tied for second with 3½.

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Velikanov & Paitrick win Plus-Score 15; Elijah Platnick sweeps U1800

The Milwaukee duo of FM Alexander Velikanov (2413) and Derek Paitrick (2092) scored 3½-½ to earn $120 each at the Chicago Chess Center's Plus-Score 15, held December 9th at the University of Illinois's Student Center East. IN the final round, Velikanov was pressing against IM Angelo Young (2314) for the full point, which would have earned him $240 for a perfect 4-0 score. Young defended comfotrtably; he, Adam Chambers (1979), and Bill Smythe (1860) tied for third: each won $60. Tom Bareket and Natalie Wisniowski each won $30 for scoring +1.Notable rating performances were turned in by Bill Smythe , who picked up 60 points in a mere four games at the age of 74-ish. and Wisnowski, who was playing for a share of first in the final round. My personal hero of the day was Anastasiia Radiushyna, who had not played since she was an 11-year-old First Category Player in Ukraine! She did not win any games, but finished with a  more than respectable 1719 performance rating.

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Roselle Library’s inaugural chess meeting and event

My son and I went to the Roselle library on Thursday, December 7, 2017, for their inaugural meeting. David Sye, who operates the club, supplied sets and a few clocks. He even played a simul against two scholastic kids that were finished early. He is a very nice young man. They are going to have a one round rated game every two-weeks and a meeting on the alternate weeks. This first meeting date was a rated game. Over 10 people showed up and six played rated games while the rest played non-rated games. It was fun for all.

 I just moved over to Metro VP for ICA, from being secretary, and plan on visiting several clubs. I encourage anyone who wants to support a new club in the northwest suburban area to come and join the fun. As Metro VP, anyone who wants me to visit their club, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Steve Plotnick, Metro VP

Casual and Competitive Chess at the Roselle Public Library!


Starting this winter, the Roselle Public Library District will be hosting chess events on most Thursdays. Non-library patrons are welcome!

Roselle Public Library is located on 40 South Park Street in Roselle. Roselle is a Northwest Suburb of Chicago located in Cook and DuPage counties, near IL Route 390, I-290, and I-355.

Stop by between 6:45pm-8:30pm for casual chess in the Library Atrium near the Adult Services section. Chess sets will be provided at the Library Card desk. Below is the current schedule for Casual Chess Meetups:
December 14th, 28th
January 11th, 25th

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Indiana's Parnham Wins Springfield National Chess Day Tournament Dedicated to Former SCC President Donelly


The Springfield Chess Club celebrated National Chess Day on October 14 with a tournament at Douglas United Methodist Church.

13 players participated. Bernard Parham, of Lafayette, Ind., swept the tournament with a perfect score of 4-0 to take first place.

Thomas Knoedler and Evan Gresen, both of Springfield, each scored 3-1 to share second place.

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