2014 Tour Returns To Springfield; David Mote Remembered

The second stop on the 2014 Illinois Chess Tour will be held in downstate Springfield this weekend. The 11th Mote Memorial will be hosted by the Springfield Chess Club on Saturday, March 29. 

Competitors will battle it out for overall and class prizes through four rounds. A time control of Game/60 with a 5-second delay will be used. A $400 prize fund has been announced, based on 30 entries. Complete details are posted elsewhere on this site.

The event is held in honor of longtime Illinois Master and attorney David B. Mote, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 44.

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2014 Illinois Senior Open Approaches

Note: Today, March 15 is the early registration deadline for this event.

Slow time controls and pleasant company in a beautiful hotel setting appeal to you?

Well, if you were born before March 23, 1964, you have the opportunity to play in the inaugural Illinois Senior Open Chess Championship, March 22-23, at the Country Inn and Suites, 1837 Centre Point Circle in Naperville. 

The Illinois Chess Association has sanctioned this event for awarding of a state title, meaning the highest-placing Illinois resident will be the Illinois Senior Chess Champion for 2014. Mikhail Korenman is organizing the event, which will be conducted over two days at a G/115, 5d time limit.

Cash prizes, based on 100 paid entries are: 

Open: $1000 - 750 - 500 - 300 - 200; 

1600 - 1800: $400 - 300 - 200; 

1400 - 1599: $350 - 250 - 150; 

U1400: $300 - 200 - 100

So if you’re 50 years old by March 22nd and want to play five rounds of reasonably slow chess against more mature (at least in age) players, please join us in Naperville. The entry fee is $80 by March 15, $90 after March 15, and $100 at the door. Free entry to FIDE GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs, and WFMs. ICA will rebate $5 to all ICA members registering to play. 

Pre-registration for the 2-day, 5-round event may be done online at http://www.intecsus.org/homechess/senior%20tournaments.htm or by mail by sending your name, USCF #, and phone number to IL Senior Championship, INTECS, Inc., 63 W. 75th Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527 (must arrive by 3/21). 


2014 Illinois K-8 Championship Registration Continuing For 3-Day Schaumburg Extravaganza

A week remains before the 2014 Illinois K-8 Championship kicks off in Schaumburg. Registrations are approaching 600 have now exceeded 620 670 and organizers indicate 700 entries remains feasible.

The tournament itself will run Saturday, March 15 to Sunday, March 16 with seven rounds of non-elimination competition in four sections (by grade). The time controls vary by section. 

Side events will be held Friday evening (3/14) including Blitz and Bughouse. On Saturday (3/15), there will be a scholastic puzzle-solving competition and chess players of all ages will have the opportunity to face members of the Illini Chess Club which has qualified for the Collegiate Final Four this year.

Registrations for both the main event and the side events can be processed here. A list of current entrants to the main event can be seen here. The formal listing for the event can be found elsewhere on the ICA site.

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Chess and Social Entrepreneurship

Chess Without Borders, a non-profit chess program, has successfully raised almost $100,000 for local and global charities while educating hundreds of students. This chess program was created by an Illinois chess player, Rishi Sethi who invited 2008 US Champion GM Shulman to help him run the program. Both co-founded Chess Without Borders with the mission of combining chess education with service and philanthropy. 

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Mothers Day 2013

Options abound this weekend for those wishing to show mom how much her support has helped your chess skills blossom.

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2012 Illinois Open

September 1-3, 2012
Oakbrook, Illinois

+$250 Isaac Braswell Fighting Chess Award

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Blitz Tournament Will Benefit Braswell Memorial High School Chess Prize

The Evanston Chess Club and the Illinois Chess Coaches Association (ICCA) are very pleased to announce the Isaac Braswell Memorial Prize. This new prize will recognize achievement in IHSA (Illinois) high school chess competition by an African American high school senior, and will be awarded in 2013.

Evanston Chess Club will hold a USCF-rated blitz tournament on Saturday, June 9, 2012, to raise funds for the Braswell Memorial Prize. All entry fees ($5 at the door) and free-will donations beyond the entry fee will go to the prize fund. Registration for the tournament is from 9:00-9:30 a.m. and it will be held at the Levy Activity Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. For more information, visit evanstonchess.org. Those who cannot attend the tournament but would like to make a donation should contact Maret Thorpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Braswell prize will be awarded to the African American high school senior with the highest IHSA chess rating following the IHSA State Chess Team Championship in February 2013. The winner will receive a cash prize, a plaque and recognition on the ICCA and Evanston Chess Club web sites.

Evanston Chess hopes to hold the tournament annually and continue funding the prize.

Isaac M. Braswell (1979-2012) was one of the strongest active African American chess players in the Chicago area. He reached a peak USCF rating of 2104 (expert level), in spite of poverty, disability and health challenges. Everyone who knew Isaac remembers what a friendly, funny, enthusiastic and kind person he was, even as he was a fierce competitor over-the-board. Isaac’s friendships crossed all lines of race, age, class and profession, and chess was one of many ways he connected with others. Isaac probably played chess everywhere in Chicago; he was a regular at Evanston Chess Club and many other clubs, as well as a member of a Chicago Industrial Chess League team. In February 2012 he played for an Evanston Chess Team at the US Amateur Team-North championships.