Four-Way Ties Atop 2017 Greater Peoria Open In Both Open and Reserve Sections; Kevin Ho Takes 2017 Tour Lead


Draws a-plenty meant no perfect scores at the 2017 Greater Peoria Open, the third of ten stops on the 2017 ICA Chess Tour.

Pete Karagianis, Tim McEntee, Robert Reynolds and Wisconsin's Hersh Singh all posted three wins and two draws for 4.0/5 totals.

Karagianis drew Singh in the third round and fellow Master McCentee in the fourth round before finishing out the event with a victory over a Class C opponent.

McEntee also drew the Class A Reynolds in the final round.

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Three Way Tie At 2017 Bradley Winter Open


It's not fun to play someone with whom you've enjoyed a coaching relationship. Pete Karagianis faced that challenge in the last round of the January 28 Bradley Winter Open, drawing with his one-time protege Jason Daniels.

Both competitors finished with 3.5/4's as did St. Louis area's Benjamin Shoykhet. Shokyet went three-for-three following an opening round half-point bye. Each of the trio was awarded $140 in prize money.

Overall, 49 participated in two sections at the event held at Bradley University in Peoria. The BWO represented the second stop on the 2017 Illinois Chess Tour.

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George Li Reigns at the 2017 Tim Just Winter Open


The 2017 Tim Just Winter Open marked the first event on the 2017 Illinois Tour Schedule. For the remaining events see the tour schedule page. This year's event was once again held at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg. The tournament drew a record crowd with 192 players competing - 99 in the open section and 93 in the reserve section along with an additional 83 juniors in the one day scholastic tournament.

In the main event FM George Li held off all challengers to win this year's Tim Just Winter Open. FM Sam Schmakel gave him a good fight in the last round, but George held him to a draw to finish with 4.5 points and sole possesion of the first place prize money. Sam (4.0 points) shared second place with 11 others.

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George Li Breaks 2400, Wins 2016 Illinois Class and $500


George Li had quite a day Sunday.

The IMSA-junior defeated two Masters and two Experts posting a perfect 4.0/4 score in the top of seven sections at the 2016 Illinois Class Championships held November 20.

For his efforts in the 21-player Masters / Experts section, he received a $500 award. The FIDE Master's USCF rating surpassed 2400 for the first time.

And he managed to secure a second place plaque in the Open section of the prestigious 10-event 2016 Illinois Chess Tour.

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Avrukh, Corrales Jimenez Top 2016 Midwest Class


With third-round draws against different opponents GM Boris Avrukh and Missouri GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez both posted 4.5/5 results to split the Premier Section championship of the 2016 Midwest Class.

The duo finished a full-point ahead of a six-pack of 3.5 finishers which included Illinois' Todd Freitag, Jacob Furfine and George Li.

Avrukh's draw came against fellow-GM Vladimir Georgiev while Jimenez could only muster 1/2 point against Furfine.

Michigan's Seth Homa and Ben Li and Missouri's Priyad Kannappan rounded out the 3.5 score group, with Homa posting three draws, a win versus Furfine and a full-point from an uplayed first-round game.

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GM's Georgiev and Gurevich Win '16 Illinois Open


A tightly bunched field topped the standings at the 2016 Illinois Open completed Sept. 5 at the Crowne Plaza, Deerfield. Illinois-based Grandmasters Vlad Georgiev and Dmitry Gurevich both finished with 5.5/6 to go down in history as co-champions.

Both players will be cashing $1200 checks for their efforts.

David Peng was the common ingredient in denying both GM's perfect scores; David drew GM Gurevich in the fourth round and GM Georgiev in the final round.

David finished with 5.0/6, tying with Angelo Young and Hugo Padilla for third place.

Pending re-rate, it looks like Aydin Turgut has achieved a Master rating of 2200 from the event. Aydin finished with 4.0, tying with eight others for the best score of players who started the event with a published rating of Under 2200.

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Daniel Garrett Wins 2016 Bradley Summer Open


With a fourth-round draw against Martin Franek, Daniel Garrett secured top placement in the 2016 Bradley Summer Open, an Illinois Tour event.

Daniel's 3.5 was a half-point to the good over co-runners up "Northerner" David Rockwell and Mihir Bafna. David was a perfect 3-for-3, but did not play the last round. In the third round, David defeated Michael Leali who at 1854 was the tournament's top-rated entrant.

15 competed in the one-day Open.

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GM Mikhalevski Wins 2016 Chicago Class


With a fifth round victory over Michigan's Michael Chen, GM Victor Mikhalevski secured top honors in the Masters section at the 2016 Chicago Class completed July 17 in Wheeling.

GM Mikhalevski claimed $2100 in prize money with his 4.5/5 tally. A trio of GM's tied for 2nd through 4th place: Alex Chimanov, Fidel Jimenez and Illinois-based Vlad Georgiev, all with 4.0's. They each cashed $600 checks.

Four players tied for 1st and 2nd place among players rated Under 2400 in the section, all with 3.5's earning $300: David Peng, George Li, Iskandar Aripov and the aforementioned Michael Chen.

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ICA Tour Coming Back to Life, Partial Updates Posted


Thanks to the efforts of ICA President Bill Buklis, the ICA Tour is on its way to renewal for the 2016 calendar year.

Through three events, Jason Daniels is leading the Open section with 7.5, a half-point better than Arthur Hughes. David Rockwell is leading the Adult Reserve with 5.0, a half-point better than Eva Harrison and Sam Henderson. Rahul Bammidi leads the Scholastic Reserve with 7.0, a full point and a half better than Nicholas Ladan. 

Chicago Open results have not been added to these calculations -- and are likely to shift things drastically. The Chicago Open represents the fourth of ten events scheduled for this year with the 6th Orwell Memorial slated as the endpoint of the first half, June 18.

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Furfine, Gurevich Tie for 2015 Illinois Class Championship; Daniels Sweeps Class A, Earns Expert Status

With a fourth round victory over GM Vlad Georgiev, Jacob Furfine claimed a share of the 2015 Illinois Class Championship alongside GM Dmitry Gurevich. Both finished with 3.5/4.

Earlier Gurevich had drawn Georgiev while Furfine had drawn fellow junior Nicholas Bartochowski. Wisconsin's Alexander Velikanov, Dritan Zekaj and Bartochowski tied for third in the section.

The event was held at the Hilton Lisle / Naperville November 22 with six sections. US Chess crosstables have been published. Results for all sections are now posted on the ICA site.

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2017 Tour Schedule

  1. Tim Just Winter Open, Jan 7-8 results
  2. Bradley Winter Open, Jan 28 results
  3. Greater Peoria Open, April 8-9 results
  4. Chicago Open, May 25-29 info
  5. George Orwell Memorial Open, June 24 info
  6. Chicago Class, July 14-16 info
  7. Bradley Summer Open, TBA
  8. Illinois Open, Sep 2-4 info
  9. Midwest Class, Oct 6-8 info
  10. Illinois Class, Nov 19 info