Election Season Begins For At-Large Board Members To ICA


The multi-month election cycle regarding the five at-large ICA board members has kicked off. 

Nominations should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including a statement of interest and 10 declarations of support from current ICA members aged 19 and older.

If interested in an appointment to an open seat between the present time and December 31, 2017, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nominations should be submitted by Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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GMs Georgiev and Mitkov Split $2400 at 2017 IL Open


With a gentleman's draw in the final round, GM Vladimir Georgiev and GM Nikola Mitkov became co-champions of the 2017 Illinois Open, both with 5.5/6 tallies.

GM Georgiev had also been co-champion in 2016 with an outright championship in 2014, the first time it was held in Northbrook. For GM Mitkov, it represented the fourth time he has tied for the championship.

For the first time since 2003, the event drew over 200 players. The 214 entries represented a 15% increase over the 186 who played in the 2015 and 2016 events. The Labor Day weekend event concluded September 4 at the Crowne Plaza Northbrook.

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First IL High School Chess Champion DeFotis Passes Away


Back in the 1960's, long before the IHSA team format and before the upsurge in chess popularity from Bobby Fischer, there was something called the Illinois High School Students Chess Championship.

Greg DeFotis was the very first champion of that event in 1966.

Word has reached the ICA that Mr. DeFotis has passed away at the age of 65. He died yesterday, September 5. Visitation will be held Saturday (9/9) from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles. Funeral Services will follow at 3 PM at the same location. Burial will be private. For information please call the funeral home at 630-584-0060.

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ICA Membership Coordinator Carl Dolson Thankful For Rapid Off-Duty Policeman's Medical Attention; ICA Is Grateful Too!


Chess teaches us about the coordination of pieces and the need to respond to threats quickly.

Former ICA President, Treasurer and current Membership Coordinator Carl Dolson is living testimony to how those principles are vital in life away from the board.

Mr. Dolson posts on his Facbeook page:  "I'm the luckiest guy on earth right now."

"Thursday morning, while driving to a doctor's appointment, I passed out at a stop light with heart failure."

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Downstate Coach and Organizer Murrel Rhodes Earns US Chess Lifetime Achievement Award and ICA's Gratitude


US Chess awarded a select handful of deserving individuals lifetime achievement awards at the annual meetings in Virginia just concluded.

Patrick Cohen, Carl Dolson, Mike Leali and Wayne Zimmerle combined efforts to submit the following:

It is simply hard to imagine what chess in Peoria would look like without Murrel.

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