Glenwood Chess Club Hosts Chess Wars XVII

 
On October 15, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XVII. By its conclusion, Joe Anthony took first place with 3.0 points -- despite not playing the final round.
 
Anthony, who organizes the Tinley Park Chess Club, finished ahead of a four-way pack which tied for second place.
 
Via tiebreaks, all with 2.0 points, Sam Henderson and Eric Luster placed second and third, followed by newcomer Jacob Plotnick and this author.
 
Plotnick and Rahul Bammidi were the star juniors of the event with Plotnick raising his rating by 166 points -- to over 1000! -- and Bammidi gaining 33. Both dispensed with the tournament organizer during the course of the event. 
 

Cops & Kids Tournament Observes National Chess Day

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Around the country this weekend thousands will be chessing it up, observing National Chess Day (Saturday, October 8).

The third go-around of Millionaire Chess is already underway in Atlantic City with more than two dozen grandmasters and others of varied skill levels competing. The 25th Midwest Class Championships kick off later today (Friday, October 7) with a two-day option beginning Saturday. 

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Aidan Carey Sweeps Field of DeKalb's Nevermind Classic

 

Oak Park's Aidan Carey won all five of his quick chess matches as he was crowned champion of the 2016 Nevermind Classic in DeKalb September 24.

The event honored the 25th anniversary of the "drop" of the classic Nirvana album on 9/24/91. (What's an album, right?)

Fellow juniors Shreyas Reddy and David Chen both compiled strong 2.5 scores to split the top Under 1400 prize.

Although the Game/25; zero-delay time control only impacted "quick" ratings, regular ratings were used for pairing and prize purposes.

Rockford Jefferson High School Senior Nate Blair played in his first US Chess event, receiving a USCF-membership scholarship for the year!

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South Suburban Chess Wars XVI

 
On September 18, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XVI. This tournament could have been dubbed: “The Tie Break Tournament”.
 
In the U1250 division, Anthony Pedragel was the only clear cut winner of the day and graciously accepted his 1st place trophy!
 
Theresa Walatka, Ryan Alford, Elmer Adams and Stephen Gonzalez took 2nd to 5th place respectively via tiebreaks.
 
In the U1650 division, Leroy Sims, Todd Walatka and the tournament organizer took 1st to 3rd place, also through tiebreaks.
 

Bill Smythe Wins DeKalb's Judd Lauger Memorial Classic

 

With an exciting endgame finale, Bill Smythe edged Joe Zemgulys to close out the Judd Lauger Memorial Classic with a perfect 3.0/3 score. Smythe earned a crisp $100 bill (or its equivalent) for the Open section championship.

David Yong and Alex Zhao split the Under 1800 prize fund, both with 2.0/3 scores.

In a theoretical draw, Josh Kueker managed to make his three clock seconds last long enough to prevail over previously-unbeaten Jonathan Gaenzle, winning the Reserve Section. In a fascinating pawns and bishop vs. pawns and rook endgame, Kueker wound up sacrificing his rook to get the job done. 

Kueker repeatedly made moves within the five-second delay to keep the game alive.

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