Warren Scholars Lead the Way at Northbridge Chess Camp
- Written by Pete Karagianis
52 scholastic players turned out for the 2012 Northbridge Chess Camp, a Bloomington-Normal tradition started in 2001 by then-pastor Bill Barton. Leading the way were three Warren Scholars: Hanson Hao and Jason Daniels,of Bloomington, and Aydin Turgut, of Decatur.
Rose School Chess Tournament a Success
- Written by Kiran Frey
The Barbara Rose School Chess Tournament was held on June 9th, 2012 at the Barbara Rose Elementary Chess School in Barrington, Illinois. There were 92 players who competed in the tournament, over 100 visitors and another 10 students and 10 adults who volunteered in a variety of roles to make the tournament an educational success. Four sections in the tournament were USCF rated but there was also a non rated section for new players to be introduced to chess tournaments.
IM Felecan Appointed Coach at Northside College Prep
- Written by Michael Bologna
CHICAGO -- Northside College Prep High School is pleased to announce the appointment of International Master Florin Felecan as coach of the Mustang Chess Team.
With the appointment of IM Felecan, Northside Prep will be one of the few chess programs in Illinois to be headed by a coach carrying a performance-based title awarded by the World Chess Federation.
Rajendra Tops 18 & Younger at National All-Girls
- Written by Lawrence Cohen
Anupama Rajendra was the top scorer in the 18 and Under section of the 2012 edition of the Kasparov Chess Foundation National All-Girls tournament with 5 points out of 6. She started the tournament with a draw against top rated (at 2085) Anna Matlin, who finished second. Along the way to the 5 points were victories against 3 expert rated players. This section had 5 experts and 2 A class players playing in the event. Yet with a listed rating under 1600 Anupama Rajendra was the winner, and will represent the US in the 2012 World Youth championships.
New Letters to Mayor Show Growing Support for Improving Chess in CPS
- Written by Jerry Neugarten
A series of recent letters from Illinois chess leaders to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel show support is growing to strengthen the chess program in Chicago's public schools. The letters, collected here, were written by the state's Grandmasters and International Masters, CPS chess coaches, major organizers, parents and others. Focusing on the low number of chess players in Chicago and the city's virtual absence from the state and national competitive scenes, they urge the mayor to support ICA's proposal, at no cost to the city, to raise funds and set up an independent office which would introduce chess to thousands of new kids and bring many new coaches into Chicago's schools.