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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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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