Deadlines Looming For Early Registration


Time waits for no one.

And chess organizers (with a few exceptions) generally follow that same golden rule.

Several tournaments are nearing their early registration cut-off date. This means you can still get in on the fun -- it just might cost you a few more dollars.

Wednesday January 25 is the early registration deadline for the Illinois Elementary School Association state championships coming up Feb. 24 & 25 in Peoria at the historic Civic Center.

The event is open to attendees of IESA schools, with registration fees jumping from $15 to $30 as of January 26. So far 30 schools are signed up so it should be another wonderful event for 5th through 8th graders.

IESA website section for Chess

Speaking of Peoria, the second stop on the presumed 2017 Illinois Chess Tour is slated to be the Bradley Winter Open. In an interesting coincidence, this is the 23rd year of the event -- and, as of this hour, 23 are registered: 14 in the Open; 9 in the Reserve.

Four rounds of long-time control chess are on the docket: Game/80 with a 5-second delay. $1000 prizes are guaranteed with a $30 entry fee available with registration through Thursday, January 26. (After that registration goes up by five bucks).

Bradley Winter Open Announcement

ICA Calendar Listing for BWO 23

Wednesday, February 1 is the last day to get the $160 team rate (four players and one alternate) for the US Amateur Team North event to be held in Schaumburg. To have a chance to play in a national US Chess tournament without leaving the state is an opportunity not to be missed. The Feb. 17-19 tournament will attract teams from throughout the midwest, with a two-day option (Feb. 18-19). Never fear: starting Feb. 2 through Feb. 10, team entries are only $20 more.

ICA Calendar listing for USAT North

Players still have until March 1 for the lowest possible registration fee for the Illinois K-8 Championships to be held in Normal, Illinois March 10-12. However, in order to get the $129 "chess rate" for the host Bloomington-Normal Marriott, parties should do so no later than February 17 (Friday).

ICA calendar posting for K-8's