Sean Insley Wins 2015 Black Friday Open in DeKalb

Indian Creek's Sean Insley posted the lone perfect score at the four-round 2015 Black Friday Open in DeKalb. The one-section event was conducted November 27 attracting 16.

A point back at 3.0, tying for second place, were the trio of Tom Segreto, Sreyansh Mamidi and Austin Insley, Sean's brother.

Four entrants finished with 2.5 including David Chen, Rahul Bammidi, Gary Sargent and Vikram Oberai.

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New US Chess Master Freitag Holds 18-Player Simul

On November 19, 2015, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted the Todd Frietag Master Chess Simul. Eighteen enthusiastic players were on hand to battle Illinois’ newest Master!
(Editor's Note:  Frietag eclipsed the magic Master mark tying for the championship of the 2015 Midwest Class. His rating is now 2224).
Mr. Freitag was very personable as he smiled and greeted players before the matches began. Then, he proceeded to methodically and systematically dissect his opponents one by one.
In a contest that lasted nearly 60 moves, one challenger pulled off an extremely narrow victory in a game that could have gone either way.

Patel, Chen and Lal Win Sections at Kumbaya 85

With two wins and a draw, Aryoman Patel won the top section of the 85th Kumbaya conducted November 15 in Skokie. Six competed in the section.

56 players competed in three sections, organized by Chess-Ed and directed by Glenn Panner.

US Chess crosstables have been posted.

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George Li Tops Evanston November Tri-Level

With three wins and a draw, top-rated George Li won the 18-entrant Gold Section at the November 14 Evanston Tri-Level.

George's lone blemish was a fourth round draw against Zachary Holecek. Expert Daniel Bronfeyn and Class B-player George Fu tied for second with 3.0/4 tallies.

Maret Thorpe directed the three-section event at the Levy Center. US Chess Crosstables have been posted.

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"Old Timer" Perfect at Glenwood Chess Wars VII

On November 7,  17 chess warriors converged at the Blakey Center in Glenwood to do battle. When the dust had cleared, “Old Timer” George David -- who had apparently been MIA in tournaments for quite some time -- was completely re-energized as he pummeled everyone in his path to take the undisputed first place with a perfect 4-0 score.
Second and third place prizes were shared by Charles Coffman and Sam Henderson with 3-0 scores. The fourth place trophy went to Doug Middleton with a 2.5 score and better tiebreaks.