Single and Ready to Mingle? Players Seeking Teams for Feb 17-19 USAT North Are Contacting Organizers With Availability


With less than six weeks until the US Amateur Team North competition to be held in the northwest Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, registrations for both teams and individuals are starting to mount.

The February 17-19 event has two- and three-day options and will once again be hosted at the Hyatt Schaumburg.

Four person teams with one alternate can register until February 1 for a fee of $160. That calculates to $40 a person to play five rounds in a national event -- without even leaving the state of Illinois! 

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Winter Open Preview

The first Illinois Chess Tour event of the 2017 season starts tomorrow with the 34th Annual Tim Just Winter Open. The tournament once again returns to the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg. Registrations have been heating up in the last days before the tournament.

At this time there are currently 179 players registered for the main event and 76 players in the companion tournament - the Winter Scholastic.

Leading the field are FMs Sam Schmakel, George Li, David Peng, and Tansel Turgut. The reserve section is currently led by Rick Lutzke, William Dwyer, Adam Wallach, and Emmett Madigan.

For more information visit the pages in the ICA event list for the Winter Open or the Winter Scholastic.

Stay tuned for the full tour schedule as it will be posted online soon.

Registrations Over 150 for Sunday's Illinois Class


Robust competition is promised in seven sections as the 2016 Illinois Class convenes Sunday November 20.

Once again, the event is being held at the Hilton property in Lisle, just north of the I-88 tollway and east of the Naperville Road exiit.

Online registration continues through 9:00pm Saturday (11/19) -- and onsite registration will be available from 8:30am through 9:30am.

There are sections for everyone including separate U1200 and U800 sections. No previous USCF experience is required although a membership must be active. For juniors, an $11 annual membership is available, representing a substantial discount over standard rates.

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Registrations Surpass 100 for '16 IL Class Nov. 20


If you would like a full-day of quality chess against compatible but not overwhelming opponents, there is no doubt that the 2016 Illinois Class would fill the bill.

The November 20 event is sponsored by the Illinois Chess Association with proceeds going towards supporting ICA operations and programs.

$30 (U1200 and U800 sections) and $50 registration slots (Masters & Experts, Classes A through D) are still available for ICA members with non-members paying $5 more.

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Save $200-plus, Early Registration Deadlines Approach: Sevan Memorial 11/11, IL Class 11/13, Sevan Scholastic 11/22


According to the National Retail Foundation, the average Black Friday shopper in 2015 spent $300. Imagine in how much better shape your pocketbook (or wallet) will be if you played chess instead that day!

Thanks to the Sevan Memorial (and Sevan Scholastic) you will have that opportunity to play tournament chess instead of shopping... and with a potential of $12,500 in prize money offered (in the main event) you might actually come out with positive cash flow! (Full disclosure: The prize fund offering is based on 220 paid entries).

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$40 Entry Still Available for Nov. 5 Illinois All-Grade


The Illinois All-Grade Championship is one of two US Chess-rated scholastic state championships conducted each school year.

Naperville North High School will be the host location for the Saturday, November 5 All-Grade. Registration for this state championship event is only $40 which is less than some organizers charge for local tournaments. A portion of the proceeds goes to support Warren Junior Scholars and Rising Stars.

15 team rooms were made available at $99 for larger groups but generous amounts of skittles areas are available at the school for all.

Registration can be accomplished through the organizer website, Elite Chess. More information is available there as well as on the ICA calendar.

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Chess Moves Against Violence in Ogden Park


Players are invited to compete Saturday, September 17 in both an Open Section and a K-8 section at Ogden Park, 6500 South Racine in Chicago. This is a Chicago Park District Facility although the event is being organized by an outside entity, Not Before My Parents.

Oodles of trophies will be awarded with an entry fee of a mere $10 donation. The event is not rated by US Chess but participants will have a chance to mix discussion of social issues with an afternoon playing their favorite board game.

All event information is posted in both the Open and Scholastic sections of the ICA calendar.

The tournament is the brainchild of Raydell Lacey, a chess parent who lost her grandson to senseless gun violence. The ICA caught up with her while she is making 101 arrangements for the tournament.

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