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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Big Tournament Weekend Ahead: BSO, Iowa Open, Indy Open


There is something for everyone who enjoys tournament play on the weekend of August 26-28. Iowa, Indiana and Illinois will all host major tournaments that weekend, with thousands of dollars in prize money on the line.

The Bradley Summer Open will take place on one day, Saturday, August 27 with $240 guaranteed to the winner, among many other awards. More importantly, the BSO is the 7th stop of 10 Illinois Tour events. The Peoria event's history is over 50 years. Both the Open and the Reserve (Under 1400) feature four rounds, Game/80, 5-second delay.

The Iowa Open is a two-day event with a 61-year history, but the Reserve (U1600) and RBO (U1200) are Saturday only. 

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Registrations Over 700 (now 750!) For 2016 Chicago Open


With more than two dozen Grandmasters already signed up, registrations are mounting for the Memorial Day Weekend's Chicago Open.

As of  this hour, the overall number has eclipsed 600 700 750 and may approach or exceed 800 when all is said and done. (Last year's event included 826 including re-entries).

The eight-section event has already guaranteed a $100,000 prize fund. The Westin North Shore is the host site for the Continental Chess Association event.

Yangyi Yu (US Chess rated 2787!) , Varuz Akobian and Tigran Petrosian have all pledged to spend five days playing at the Open, beginnning Thursday, May 26.

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Last Call for $107 Hotel Rate for Chicago Open; $2000 Guaranteed Prize Fund Offered For Sunday Night Blitz


An email from the Continental Chess Association reminds the community that Friday, May 13 may be the last day for the deeply-discounted $107 hotel rate for Chicago Open players. After today, the Westin North Shore has the right to bump up the nightly room rate. 

Already some room configurations are no longer available for the Memorial Day Weekend event at the posh Westin in Wheeling.

The Chicago Open kicks off May 26 with nine rounds for the Open Section, with other sections providing seven rounds and the option of either a three-day or two-day schedule.

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60+ Heading to Nashville For US Chess Elementary Nationals; 20 Signed Up for Ice Harbor Midwest Championship in Iowa


60 (plus) Illinois juniors are signed up so far for the 2016 Elementary Nationals kicking off May 6 in Nashville, TN. Expert Aydin Turgut (rated 2088) is Illinois' best hope in the K-6 while 1886-rated Arthur Xu is our top-rated K-3 entrant. 

Aren Emrikian, still a kindergartner, is Illinois' top-rated K-1 entry -- officially listed as 1319 but subsequently having eclipsed the 1400 threshold. Aren was the National kindergarten champion at Orlando in December and won the Illinois All-Grade in November.

Dimitar Mardov, holder of an Under 6 National Invitational title, and the recent Grades 2-3 IL Champion, is entered in the K-3.

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