Emole Wins South Suburban Chess Wars X

On January 24, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars X. A total of 28 players were in attendance.  
In the Open Division, Joe Emole took 1st place with 3.0/4.
Richard Zhang came in 2nd with 2.5 points. Eric Luster hammered out 3rd on tiebreak, while Ryan Richardson took 4th with 2.0. Sam Henderson nabbed 5th place with 1.5 points.
Ron Logan won the U1250 Division with a perfect 4-0 score. 

Bradley Guan Wins DuPage County Championship

Ex-Naperville North Captain Bradley Guan returned from college in Pennsylvania to go a perfect four-for-four at the 4th Annual DuPage County Chess Championship. 27 competed in the Championship section. Altogether, 116 players faced off in six rated sections Sunday, December 27. The tournament was held at Benedictine University in Lisle.

The event was organized by Jeff DiOrio of Elite Chess... who also happened to be Bradley's Naperville North coach when they won the IHSA team championships earlier this year.

Guan finished a half point better than Akshay Indusekar and Wisconsin's Avinash Rajendra. Akshay was a member of the back-to-back University of Illinois final four teams, has now graduated, and works in Washington, DC for a major consulting firm. Akshay and Avinash drew head-to-head in the final round.

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Wallach and Bronfeyn Top December Caveman 4X3

Ken Wallach and Daniel Bronfeyn both compiled perfect 3-0 scores at the Caveman Ches tournament held December 19 in Park Ridge. 72 competed in three sections. US Chess Crosstables are available here.

Wallach's closest-rated opponent was 349 points lower (Joe Emole) while Bronfeyn's was 357 points less (Adam Bareket).

But lest you think that ratings disparities are insurmountable, Adam had upset organizer Kevin Bachler in the first round despite a 457-point differential.

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Middleton Tops Chess Wars IX

On December 19, Chess Wars IX was held at the Blakey Center in Glenwood. Doug Middleton was the first place winner at 3-0. He defeated his first three opponents, then withdrew, deciding to excuse himself and live to “fight/play chess” another day.
The second place winner was Madison Loftis, who also had with 3 points. Third place went to Sam Henderson via tiebreaks with 2 points.

Bronfeyn Wins December Kings and Queens

Daniel Bronfeyn won all four of his matches against all-age competition at the December 13 Kings and Queens Challenge in Wheeling. US Chess crosstables are posted.

Finishing a half-point back was Mariano Acosta who took a half-point bye in the third round but won his other three matches.

Tying for third place with 3.0 was the trio of Dimitar Mardov, Nicholas Ladan and Matthew Stone. Both Dimitar and Matthew fell victim to the event champion.

Matthew raised his rating 209 points to 1442 with the event, upsetting both a 1600 (2nd round) and a 1500 (3rd round) in the tournament.

20 players competed in the Open.

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