Illinois Juniors Hit ISU's Bone Center for K-8 Championships

It's all systems go for the 2015 K-8 Championships March 7 and 8 at the Bone Center on the campus of Illinois State University. Registrations are being accepted up through 9pm Friday, March 6 either onsite or through the designated website.

More information is available on the Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess organization's website.

Competition will kick off Friday with side events including Blitz and Bughouse.

The main event spans two days will include seven rounds of non-elimination competition in four sections, based on grade level: K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-8. The event is USCF-rated.

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Chess Without Borders Hosting Charity Event

MGToday is the last day to enjoy the lowest rate for the Chess Without Borders'Grove Avenue School charity event, but registration continues.

CWB is holding a tournament February 28 with something for everyone in four sections. Time control is Game/30 with five rounds in each.

Dr. Kiran Frey and Grandmaster Yury Shulman are behind Chess Without Borders. Said Dr. Frey, "Chess Without Borders has been deeply involved in supporting two longstanding charities.

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2014 Illinois Class Championships


A State Championship Event! --- An Illinois Chess Tour Event!


Discounted Entry Ends after
Sunday, Nov 16th!


4SS: G/60, d5.

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Full Line Up of Events Accepting Registrations for 8/16 & 8/17; Illinois Chess Tour Returns To Peoria

Some weekends it seems like the chess calendar aligns on a single large event and all eyes are focused there. Then there are times such as next weekend where everywhere you look, there's a fantastic tournament available for all tastes and abilities.

Nine Eight different tournaments in all, all to be rated by the USCF, all occuring between Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17, most are one-day, with a two-day state championship.

The 2014 Illinois Chess Tour travels to downstate Peoria for the eighth of twelve stops. Saturday's Bradley Summer Open features a $1000 guaranteed prize fund covering two sections: Open and Reserve, both providing Game/80, 5-second delay time controls.

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60th Iowa Open: Early Registration Continues for 2-day Open August 16-17, 1-day RBO and Reserve

Illinois' neighbors to the west will be hosting a diverse chess weekend August 15-17 with something for everyone.

The Iowa State Chess Association, an affiliate of the Illinois Chess Association, is the sponsoring organization with Mark Capron and Bill Broich serving as Chief TD's. The events are being held at the Marriot Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, IA, just northwest of Iowa City. Estimated travel time from Chicago is 3.5 hours.

Early registration discounts are still available through August 11 and IM's and GM's receive free entry into the Open (with entry fee deducted from winnings). Organizers are even offering discounts for out-of-state residents -- and waiving the membership requirement for the IASCA (although membership does have its privileges).

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Ice Harbor Scholastic Offering National Event Look-and-Feel at Midwest Site, May 17-18

Midwest scholastic players -- and teams -- are gearing up for the 2014 Ice Harbor Scholastic Open to be held May 17 and 18. Competitors from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois are already registering.

Hosted at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, this scholastic chess tournament is inspired by national tournament facilities and amenities. For the geographically-challenged, Dubuque is just over the Mississippi River from Illinois, in far-eastern Iowa, an easy drive from Bloomington-Normal, Peoria or Chicago.

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Girls Invade Northbrook For '14 Nationals

Although relocated from downtown Chicago, the 2014 National All-Girls Championship returns to Illinois this week.

The six round, six section event convenes Friday, April 11 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Northbrook. In addition to earning a national title, winners of each section qualify for the 2014 World Youth Championships, to be held in South Africa.

The Under 20 section has been eliminated but organizer David Heiser reports more than 300 pre-registrations have been received in U18 through U8 classifications. Heiser promises this will be the fourth year in a row of increasing participation. The 2013 All-Girls fielded 280 players with more than three-quarters of the competitors registered from outside of Illinois.

The tournament is a joint production of the Kasparov Chess Foundation in association with the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation and the US Chess Federation. 

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