Bronfeyn Grabs January Evanston Tri-Level Gold


With both Ken Wallach and Albert Chow taking two draws, Daniel Bronfeyn's 3.5/4 was the highest score in the January 21 Evanston Tri-Level's Gold Section.

Bronfeyn drew FM Albert Chow in the third round, while US Chess Master Wallach drew his final two matches against Roman Kowalysko and Zach Coffman. Chow also drew Kowalysko in the final round.

Six players finished with 3.0/4 points in the 28-player section including Wallach, Chow, Kowalysko, Coffman along with Jordan Cohen and Marissa Li.

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South Suburban Chess Wars XIX

On January 14,  the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XIX.
The Under 1650 and Open Sections were combined at the event. The always dangerous Sam Henderson took first place as the Open section winner.
The lucky tournament organizer seemed to be on fire and took first place in the U1650 section. The other winners taking second through fifth place respectively were: Richard Lewis, Yashom Kapoor, Joseph “The Great” Hooks and Megan Chen.

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Glen Gratz, Alex Lim Top 2016 Northern IL Wrap Up


Nobody's perfect -- and 2016 was far from a perfect year.

The final event on the Illinois chess docket for 2016 demonstrated that adage in more ways than one.

North Boone High School coach Glen Gratz and Nequa Valley player Alex Lim battled to a time-influenced but theoretical draw in the first round of the 2016 Northern Illinois Wrap Up hosted by the DeKalb Chess Club.

Both players went on to win their other two matches to claim top honors in the Open section with matching 2.5/3's. Overall 39 participated in three sections.

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South Suburban Chess Wars XVIII

On November 20, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XVIII.

Although the ICA was holding the Illinois Class Championships 44 miles away, we had this tournament in consideration for those for those living in closer proximity.

Sam Henderson once again was the first place winner with Leroy Sims and this writer tied for second and third place.

However, newcomer, Ethan Salazar scored the upset of the day as he defeated Henderson in the last round.

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Warren Junior Scholar Tom Bareket Eclipses 2000 At CCC


Sometimes you hit a milestone -- and you just want to take a step back and bask in the glory.

15 months after eclipsing the 1900-mark at a September 2015 Caveman event, Warren Junior Scholar Tom Bareket finally became a US Chess Candidate Master (aka Expert), crossing over a 2000 US Chess rating.

With first and second round victories over Class A players at the December 10 Chicago Chess Club event, Bareket called it a day after the two wins.

National Master Raul Aillon, who recently returned to rated chess after a two-year hiatus, was the lone four-for-four finisher in the Open Section of the CCC Plus Score #6.

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