Illinois Players Off To Missouri For Mid-America Open

 

The Land of Lincoln hopes to bring home some of the $20,000 in prize money up for grabs at this weekend's Mid-America Open.  The Contintinental Chess Association event is the first of six midwest-based tournaments CCA will hold in 2016.

The Mid-American features two-day (starting Saturday) and three-day (starting Friday) options beginning March 18 or March 19. The five-round tournament concludes Sunday, March 20 and is being conducted in seven sections ranging from Open to Under 1000.

The tournament website is http://www.midamericaopen.com/. Complete tournament information can be found here. Registration can be accomplished here.

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Registration Continues For '16 IL K-8 Championship

 

Registration continues for Illinois' largest rated scholastic event of the year.

The estimated registration for the March 12-13 K-8 championship is expected to approach 700 with around 460, 550, 580 635 received so far.

Registration can be accomplished at this site. Look under Chess Weekend.

A number of side events are also available beginning Friday, March 11, including Blitz and Bughouse. A puzzle contest will take place Saturday night, March 13.

Complete details are posted on the ICA scholastic event calendar.

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ICA Authorizes USCF-Rated 2016 High School Championship; Maine South to Host Feb. 27-28 in Park Ridge

For the first time in many years, Illinois High School players will have a chance to compete in a US Chess-rated state championship. The five-round, two-day event will be hosted at Maine South High School in Park Ridge February 27 and 28. 

The initiative to ressurrect the championship was provided by Maine South Coach Kevin Bachler whose Caveman Chess organization is co-sponsoring the event, along with the school chess team and the ICA. 

Details can be found and registration accomplished through the Caveman web site. Entry fees are extremely low for a rated event with state titles attached. It is now posted on the ICA Calendar as well.

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Holiday Season Full of Tournaments

Just because school is on hiatus and you're sipping hot cocoa waiting for some portly guy in a red suit to climb down through your chimney doesn't mean your brain should atrophe! Competitive chess opportunities abound across northern Illinois this season.

Saturday, December 26, the DeKalb Chess Club will host the 4th Annual Home for the Holidays with four sections and four rounds of Game/55 competition and a five-second delay. Entry fee is only $8 or $12 at the door. See www.DeKalbChess.com for more information. All equipment provided.

Sunday, December 27, is the 4th Annual DuPage County Chess Championship. Six rated sections: U800, U1000, U1200, U1400, U1600 and Championship, all with four rounds. Game analysis and concessions on-site.

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Registrations Over 120 For Sunday's Illinois Class

The final stop of the 2015 Illinois Chess Tour has 116 registered as of midday on Friday.

The Illinois Class Champions will be determined Sunday at the Hilton Lisle / Naperville after four rounds with Game/60, five-second delay competition.

Registration is available here. Complete details are posted here.

As of Saturday morning, GM Vladmir Georgiev and Dimitry Gurevich are the two grandmasters signied up so far. 12 are on board in the Master / Expert section.

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2015 Illinois Class Championships

On-Line Registration     Registered Players     Full Details    Results

A State Championship Event! --- An Illinois Chess Tour Event!
11/22/2015 --- 4SS: G/60, d5.

Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

GM Dmitry Gurevich will play!
GM Vladimir Georgiev will play!
FM Aung T. Zin wil play!

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Columbus Day Weekend Discovers Midwest Class

Four Grandmasters have thrown their hats into the ring along with more than 50 others in the Premier Section of the 24th Annual Midwest Class. The five-round event is organized by the Continental Chess Association and is once again hosted at the Westin North Shore in Wheeling.

GM's Borish Avrukh, Vladimir Georgiev, Ashwin Jayaram, Alexander Goldin are expected to be among the leading contenders for the $2,000 championship prize.

All totaled, $20,000 in prize money will be awarded in seven sections. Once again, an $800 stipend will be award too the top male-female combined score.

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