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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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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Daniel Garrett Wins 2017 Peoria City Championship


Drama was the name of the game in the 2017 version of the Peoria City Championship. 

Twelve players qualify for the invitational by various means and are split into two evenly-divided groups divided by rating. The winner of each group then meet for a short match to determine the champion.

Although Daniel Garrett won all his games in Group A, it was not as easy as it might seem. Daniel met the ratings favorite, Mike Leali, in the last round.

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IL-based National Master Warren Kreckler Fighting Cancer


National Master Warren Kreckler last played tournament chess in 1996, finishing 4.0/5 in the US Amateur Team Midwest. That 290-player event was directed by Alan Losoff and Walter Brown, Jr. who have both gone on to do amazing things in chess.

Kreckler writes into the ICA that he was active in chess in the 1960's through the 1990's, but that's he's currently facing an even more challenging battle at the moment: Stage Four cancer.

His companion of over two decades, Sophia Gates, writes about Kreckler's chess prowess: "He excelled at precise work and loved to solve problems – characteristics that echoed his expertise at chess. We used to sit up and argue about chess positions."

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