V. Oberai Wins Lozano Spring Scholastic; Lara Nabs Classic


With a perfect five-for-five outing, third-grader Vikram Oberai has won the 2016 Lozano Spring Scholastic, held at the Rudy Lozano Branch of the Chicago Public Library on May 7.

The free non-rated event honored chess moms -- and mothers everywhere -- as players crafted Mothers Day cards between rounds.

Andrey Novikov, Vikram's final round victim, took second place among Grades 2-3 competitors while Virkam's brother, Aditya, took third place. Both Andrey and Aditya compiled 4.0's.

Daniel Roman -- who also fell to Vikram in the fourth round -- had the highest score among Grades 4-5 players. 

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Saint Charles Chess Club Going Strong in Sixth Decade


After an absence of a few years, St. Charles Chess Club has proudly renewed its affiliate membership with the Illinois Chess Association.

The club meets Thursday nights at 7:00pm at the Baker Community Center, where it has been meeting since the 1960's.

During the 1970's the club grew rapidly during the Fischer boom but suffered hard times during the Fischer bust. At one time only three players were attending regularly!

Erv Sedlock took over in the early 1980s and turned things around. For many years the club has had 20+ players coming every week with some nights reaching 40+.

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109 Players Face Off in Champaign-Urbana Chess Fest

23 schools and over 100 players met up on April 3 for the 2016 Spring Chess Fest, hosted at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign.

The tournament featured five rounds of non-elimination competition.

Although crosstables and scores were not reported, grade level winners included Leonardo Ludaescher (8th), Charles Hong (7th) and Jaden Wang (6th).

Other champions included Ari Lerman (5th), Savindi Devmal (4th) and Jazz Anders (3rd).

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Zach Coffman Tops Najdorf Memorial Game/90 in DeKalb


Upsets abounded as nine players rated at least 200-points lower than their opponent managed to defeat (or draw) their foe.

The DeKalb Chess Club tried to offer a little bit of something for everybody April 16 as many of its regular tournament attendees were off in Indianapolis at Junior High Nationals. The Najdorf Memorial marked the 50th regular-rated event in the club's six year history.

Zack Coffman, one of the three Class A players in the field, managed to win all three of his rounds in the "Long Timers" section featuring Game/90 with 5-second delay.

Four players tied for second place with 2.0's including Brian Gong, Marcus Stinson, Kevin Boskey and Kevin Taylor. All but Stinson were also eligible for the top score Under 1800 prize, resulting in a four-way distribution of the combined prize pools. 

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South Suburban Chess Wars XIII

On April 17, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XIII. A total of 29 players were in attendance.
In the Under 1250 division, new scholastic newcomer to the Chess Wars tournaments went undefeated 4-0 for 1st place. Nolan Fletes on a 3-1 tiebreak took 2nd, while James Marchert Sr. with the same scored nabbed 3rd place. Family members Hudson Lutfiyya (son) and Lynn Lutfiyya (mother) secured 4th and 5th place respectively.
In the U1650 division, ambitious competitors, Megan Chen and Zach Warsh decided to play a section up. However, they were met with stiff resistance from the players, in this section who repelled their best efforts and denied them from placing. Still, both Chen and Warsh should be given an “A” for effort(s).