August Chess Roundup

Downers Grove TournamentThe dog days of summer are upon us and not all of the heat being generated is from the sun. A lot is coming from over the chess board. Here's some highlights from tournaments and rated play from around the state.

July 9: Lincoln-Way West High School Open in New Lenox, IL had 2 sections (Open, U1100) and 21 players participating. Crosstable.

July 11 thru 25 : Twin City Chess Club. 7 Players. G/30 + 5 Delay. Crosstable.

July 11 thu August 1: Greater Peoria Chess Federation. Game 60. Crosstable.

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Oak Park Public Library Holds 4th Annual Tournament

Oak Park WinnersThe Oak Park Public Library had a tremendous turnout for our Fourth Annual Chess Tournament on Saturday, July 23. Kids, teens, and adults competed. Below is the 2011 list of the winners.

The annual tournament is divided into brackets for grades K-6 and grades 7-12, with a side tournament for adults, parents, and coaches. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place were awarded for the grade school brackets. The tournament is co-sponsored by the Chess Academy.

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10 Masters Attend Downers Grove's 8th Tournament

Rachel Ulrich playing NM Steven Tennant

Downers Grove Chess Club (DGCC) held its 8th tournament on Saturday July 23rd. 51 players participated in the event including 10 masters!

The co-winners of the event were Chicago Blaze teammates IM Angelo Young and NM Trevor Magness with 3.5/4. They split the first and second prize taking home $248 each. 3rd place saw a ten way tie for $15 each (3rd, 4th, and 5th prizes combined).

The following participants scored 3-1: IM Mateusz Bobula, FM Albert Chow, FM Aung Thant Zin, NM Petros Karagianis, NM Sam Schmakel, Expert Jeff Dixon, Expert Thomas Ulrich, FM Aleksandar Stamnov, DGCC Expert Gregory Bungo, and Expert Matthew Waller.

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Route 20 Chess Club Celebrates One Year of Rated Chess

Route 20 winners: Ma, Kauffman, Conter

Traveling west past McHenry, DeKalb or Kendall County, an Illinoisian finds himself in a part of the state that's hard for him to categorize, being neither "Chicagoland" nor "downstate." It's not an area he has much reason to think about . . . unless he lives there. In this ill-defined area is the little-known micropolis of Freeport, a city not on anyone's list of favored destinations.

Unless you play chess.

Filling a void created by the dormancy of the Rockford Chess Club, the Route 20 Chess Club   (USCF affiliate here), named in honor of the U.S. highway that links northwest Illinois to the outside world, was founded in 2009.

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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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