2011 FIDE Continental Americas Amateur Chess Championship

First place winner Carl Haessler. Over the 4th of July holiday, over 100 players representing 5 countries from the Americas participated in the 2011 FIDE Continental Americas Amateur Chess Championship. The event was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Rosemont.The event was a 7R-SS with a time control of 90 30 (Game-90 with a 30-sec increment).

The event had many twists and turns but in the end we finished with the following results:

1st place - Carl Haessler
2nd place - Prashantha Amarasinghe
3rd place - Jim Mundy

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Stamnov Tops Double Class

Albert Chow, Alexandar Stamnov and others analyze.On July 2-3 about 50 players turned out to play in the inaugural All American Double Class tournament. No player scored a perfect 5-0, but in the top section [M/X] FM Alexandsar Stamnov scored 4.5 points for clear first. This section included 2 IMs, a total of 11 Masters, and an average rating over 2200! Tying for 2nd/3rd were IM Angelo Young, FM Albert Chow, Kevin Cao, & Peter Gilruth. Top players in the A/B section with 4 points were Zhaozhi Li and Andrew Pheasant. Top players in the C/D section were Rudy Padilla and Jordan Nach. The only 4 point score in E/U was scored by Andrew Hochstadt.  Full results are available on the USCF web site MSA section.

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July Chess Fireworks Roundup

Ted Mercer at the Continental AmateurDuring July, you may think of the founding of our country, grilling, and the flag. A few hundred Illinois players also thought of chess. And the fireworks metaphor held up for a few of these players over the board. Here's a summary of some of the tournaments and results that happened around the state during the first couple weeks in July.

July 1-4 : 104 chess players travelled to Skokie, IL to participate in the Continental Americas Amateur Class Championships Tournament. Crosstable. 

July 2nd and 3rd: 47 people played in the All American Double Class Tournament in Oakbrook, IL. Crosstable.

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Wallach wins Highland Park, Liang takes second

Liang and NM WallachNM Ken Wallach, the perennial winner of Highland Park tournaments had no trouble in his games against his opponents in the last installment, which took place on April 24 at the Moose Lodge. There was one exception: when he sat across the board from Awonder Liang in the 3rd round. Ken and Awonder played to a draw the day before at Scott Silverman Memorial Tournament organized by Sevan Muradian. The 8 year-old from Wisconsin, who is ranked #1 nationally, fought bravely and wisely in this game as well, with the contest going down to the wire until he had only 6 minutes left to Wallach’s 1 minute in the G/45 event.

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Downers Grove Club Tournament Draws Strong Field

Downers Grove Chess Club hosted its 7th tournament this past Saturday April 9th. 40 players turned out for the occasion including 6 masters! The winner was Indiana FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos with a perfect 4-0 score (defeating FM Aleksandar Stamnov in the final round) to take home the first place prize of $275. 2nd and 3rd was a tie between IM Florin Felecan and FM Albert Chow who drew each other in the final round during an immense time scramble for 3.5-.5 – each took home $138.

The tournament’s turnout was so great that the prizes were increased from 3 book prizes to 10 book prizes! Two of the winners of the upset prizes came in round one, Hao Hansen (1497) defeated DGCC member Daniel Dugovic (1984) and Sritej Vontikommu (1434) took home a win over Wisconsin player Phil Shields (1929). While the third upset prize was taken down by Luo Chengliang (1951) for his victory against FIDE Master Aung Thant Zin (2322). Click here to read about some of the games in the ICA Chess Blog.