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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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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