Illinois Chess Vets Holds Veterans-Only Event


The non-profit Illinois Chess Vets (ICV) held its first “Veterans Only” tournament on March 30, at the American Legion Post 991 in the Chicago suburb of Worth. The non-rated event was a five-round Swiss with Game/15 time controls.

Trophies were awarded to Tony Fuksman (1st), Elmer Adams (2nd) and Thomas Evans (3rd).

The tournament also awarded medals to the top players from the Russian Army, US Army, US Air Force and US Navy. The US Marines and US Merchant Marines were not represented.

The tournament raised $65 that was donated to the Post 991 veteran’s fund.

The ICV conducts bi-weekly recreational chess programs at Jesse Brown and Edward Hines VA hospitals.

“The reasons ICV has decided to hold this tournament outside of the VA hospital are twofold. The veterans do not have to be enrolled in the VA system to play and the post is ideally located next to a train stop,” says ICV president Michael Lenox.

ICV holds weekly USCF-rated and non-rated chess tournaments at the post that are open to the public. See the Open Tournament calendar on the ICA site for more information.

Event space can be limited during some tournaments. Pre-registration is encouraged at Eventbrite/Illinois-Chess-Vets.