South Suburban Chess Wars XII


On March 20, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XII. A total of 30 players were in attendance.

However, in the experimental Non-Rated Section, nobody entered. But, not wishing to waste pre-bought and labeled medals, Club President Ken Windmon and the article’s writer begged and pleaded for two happily content spectators to join the fracas, dangling free entry as a carrot.

Ralph Bielobradek, who brought his two sons, and Joe Emole, a 1900 rated former Open Chess Wars Winner, who brought his first place U1650 chess student with him, accepted the challenge. Emole blitzed the tournament organizer, and nabbed the 1st Bounty Hunter Prize while Windmon defeated Bielobradek.

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Adam Bareket Wins Chess Wars XI

On February 28, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XI. A total of 24 players were in attendance.

In the U-1250 Section, Christopher Harrison took 5th place with 2 points. Shockingly, 1st - 4th place -- with players all having 3 points -- was decided via tiebreaks as follows: First: Jayel Taylor, Second: Megan Chen, Third: Brian Bright and Fourth: Nimrod Bareket.

In the U-1650 Section, Jimmy Jackson took 1st with 3.5 points. Freddie Taylor, father of U-1250 winner, Jayel. took 2nd place. The article’s writer via tiebreak “stole” 3rd. John Ruff and David Harrison rounded out the top five.

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Countryside Tournament: About More Than Just Chess

The Countryside Chess Tournament was held on Jan 30 at the Countryside Elementary School in Barrington.

Over 80 students competed in US Chess-rated sections as well as an unrated division for beginners. GM Yury Shulman ran the tournament in conjunction with Chess Without Borders (CWB).

A unique feature of CWB tournaments is the support of a local or global charity. Participating young players -- and their families -- undertand the mission is to combine chess education with service and philanthropy.

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NM Padilla Wins CCC February Plus Score Tournament

NM Hugo Padilla won the Chicago Chess Center's Pre-Opening Plus-Score #1, held February 13 at Conference Chicago at University Center. Padilla took home $200 for his perfect score of 4-0.

Thirty players participated: full crosstable is here.

My Chicago Industrial Chess League teammate Ulysses Acevedo (provisional 1203!) had the tournament of his life (so far!), finishing clear second with 3½-½, winning $100, and adding 252 points to his provisional US Chess rating. Acevedo's CICL rating of 1612 is more indicative of his current strength, but still a great result! 

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Bartochowski Wins January Evanston 3x3

Nicholas Bartochoswki went a perfect 3-for-3 to claim the January 30 Evanston 3 by 3.

A foursome tied for second place, a half-point back at 2.5, including Todd Freitag, Roman Kowalysko, Rishi Narayanan and Siddharth Acharya. Rishi and Siddharth drew head to head in the middle round. Kowalysko and Freitag drew in the final round.

22 competed in the Gold section.

In the 18-player Silver section David Chen won both of his matches after being awarded a first round bye to post the only 3.0 score.

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