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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Zekaj and Gratz Co-Champions at Northern IL Fall Classic


The Fox Valley Chess Club hosted its first tournament since its rename (from Aurora Naperville Chess Club) and a pair of experts achieved top honors in the Open Section.

The Northern Illinois Fall Classic was held October 30 in Aurora with 44 competing in three sections.

Dritan Zekaj and Glen Gratz both went undefeated with three wins and a single draw to post 3.5/4's, but a couple of top Illinois juniors denied them both perfect scores.

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Fox Valley Chess Club To Celebrate Diwali Tuesday Nov. 1


Thanks to the enthusiasm of a few chess parents, the Fox Valley Chess Club will be observing the Indian tradition of Diwali in a special way, Tuesday, November 1.

The Fox Valley club is the new name of the Aurora Naperville Chess Club -- which meets regularly at the Aurora Turners on Tuesdays at 7:15 pm. The club generally offers open game play in a very family-friendly, kid-welcoming environment.

For Diwali, the club will host a free blitz tournament with trophies for several top designations. Even if you are not a regular -- or member of the club -- and even if you're not from Indian heritage, everyone is invited to this special family-friend and FREE event!

But chess may not be the main attraction on this night...

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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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