Prime Weekend For IL Chess: National All-Girls in Chicago, Greater Peoria Open, ChessFest in C-U, Among Others!


When it rains, it pours!

Illinois once again is host to the National All-Girls this weekend with 447 pre-registered as of Thursday. The event begins April 7 and runs through April 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is the 14th annual NAG tournament with six sections and a number of side events. Unofficially, Illinois appears to have 80 entrants in the event, fewer than 20% of the entries.

The Greater Peoria Open continues the Illinois Chess Tour with five rounds in two sections.

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Ice Harbor Scholastic Entry Fee Increasing April 1: No Joke


The premier midwest scholastic championship is just over a month away, this year taking place April 29 & 30 in Dubuque, Iowa. Once again, the Ice Harbor Scholastic will be hosted at the Grand Harbor Resort on the banks of the mighty Mississippi.

This year's event features six rated sections and one section (K-6) where no USCF membership is required.

With the placement of the Denker / Barber / Girls Invitationals the previous weekend, it's hoped that Illinois will have strong representation in the Masters and Experts section. That competition is also FIDE-rated with generous Game/90; 30-second increment time controls.

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551 Already: Online Registration Now Closed For K-8 Championships; Sign Up Available On-Site 'Til 9pm Friday


With 551 signed up so far, the competition should be fierce at the 2017 Illinois K-8 Championships in Normal this weekend.

Online registration is now closed -- but don't despair -- walk-up registrations can be accomplished at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center from 7pm through 9pm Friday, March 10. A complete listing of registrants can be seen at the site -- which will also provide any last-minute change information.

Check in Saturday morning is NOT required according to BNASC -- unless there are corrections to what is listed on the website. 

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Over 500 Registered for ICA K-8's March 10-12 in Normal


Just over a week remains until the 2017 Illinois K-8 Championships, this year hosted by the Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess group. 

Although the early registration discount has evaporated, a $50 registration for a two-day state championship is still an amazing offering -- available through 9pm on Friday, March 10.

The weekend kicks off with blitz and bughouse side events on Friday night... with the main event beginning Saturday morning at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Normal.

More than 500 players and countless teams have registered for the four-section, seven-round scholastic event. Check out for complete details -- or to register.

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Registrations Hit 65 Teams for USAT North This Weekend


With witty names like How To Train Your Sicilian Dragon, Wisconsinknights, and The Wrath of Caro-Kann, teams aplenty are signing up for five rounds of long-time control team chess this weekend in Schaumburg.

The US Amateur Team North -- largely featuring entrants from midwest states -- is an opportunity for Illinois players to compete in a National tournament without leaving the state.

As of the conclusion of the weekend, Glenn Panner reports 65 team have registered -- with several individuals still looking to get matched up with partial teams.

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Registrations Coming In For 2017 K-8 In Normal: March 10-12


With more than three dozen Illinois youth already signed up in four sections, the 2017 Illinois K-8 Championships will be attracting over 500+ (maybe 600 or 700?) chess players from throughout the state, March 10-12.

Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess -- which provides an incredible model of how a community chess organization can be run -- will once again host of the US Chess rated championship. BNASC was awarded the event based on a competitive bid submitted to the ICA in 2016.

Due to anticipated renovations at the nearby Bone Center on the ISU campus, this year's event will be held entirely at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Normal.

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Deadlines Looming For Early Registration


Time waits for no one.

And chess organizers (with a few exceptions) generally follow that same golden rule.

Several tournaments are nearing their early registration cut-off date. This means you can still get in on the fun -- it just might cost you a few more dollars.

Wednesday January 25 is the early registration deadline for the Illinois Elementary School Association state championships coming up Feb. 24 & 25 in Peoria at the historic Civic Center.

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