Rajendra Tops 18 & Younger at National All-Girls
- Published on Monday, 23 April 2012 19:47
- 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
- Published on Friday, 23 March 2012 16:01
- 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.
25th Annual MLK Day Chess Tournament in Normal, IL
- Published on Sunday, 22 January 2012 22:17
- Written by Mark Nibb
260 children played in this tournament which was also picked up by local news.
Clear winner in Lower Primary - Matthew Paul Alexander 5-0.
In Upper Primary - four tied with 4.5 points - Advaith Prabu, Vishal Chandraesekar, Nuha Fatima Mozumder, Neal Adam Sundaram.
Elementary - Cassie Parent with 5-0.
In Jr High - Co-champions Sam Heil and Andrew Yueyang Fei with 4-0.
47th Kumbaya Tournament
- Published on Wednesday, 28 December 2011 16:45
- Written by Alice Holt
The 47th Kumbaya Tournament had over 130 participants at this event!
Some players included the current 8 and under World Chess Champion -- Awonder Liang and his brothers Adream and Abel. Participants included "Top Gun" Jonathan Hrach from Highland Park, together with heavy hitters like Jack and Henry Curcio from Park Ridge and Ryan Toepher, of Chicago. Ryan was the talk of the tournament winning against the 2 top rated players in the tournament.
Dynamic Chess's Third Tournament
- Published on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 15:47
- Written by Paul Kash
On Sunday December 18th, Dynamic Chess, Inc. hosted the third in a series of eight monthly scholastic tournaments at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. Thirty-three players were divided into three sections, K-2, K-8 U800, and K-8 Open.On this day, the Musikic twins, Ivana and Stephan, stole the show. Ivana won the K-2 section with 3.5 points and Stephan won the K-8 Open with a perfect 4 points, beating a Ricky Roman in the final round.Stephan is quickly climbing the USCF U7 Top 100 list. The K-5 U800 section was won by Sawyer Harris. Though three players took home first place trophies, all of the players enjoyed the friendly yet competitive environment in the Whitney Young High School library.
The next tournament will be held on January 22nd.