Illinois Players at the Kentucky Open
- Created: 03 July 2009 03 July 2009
FM Aleksandar Stamnov tied for second with Scott Leo Ramer, both had 4.0 points. Stamnov lost only his last round game against first place winner, IM Bryan Smith.
GB Potratz also put in a good showing, finishing clear third in the U1400 section. Potratz scored 3.5 points, he took a half-point bye in the third round and won all his other games except the fourth round against first place finisher Raysean Whitney.
Super Sunday in Chicagoland Chess—March 22, 2009
- Written by Tom Sprandel Tom Sprandel
- Created: 25 March 2009 25 March 2009
Chess fans were treated to five great events in the Chicagoland area this Sunday, March 22nd. They included the 19th NA FIDE Invitational, the MCA FIDE Futurity VII, the Dolphin Blitz Extravaganza, the Illinois Denker Qulaifier, and the Illinois Polgar Qualifier. What a great day for Chicago chess.
Participation and diversity make chess a richer experience for all of us.
19th NA FIDE Invitational
Sevan Muradian, founder of North American Chess Association, conducted rounds 3 and 4 of the 19th NA FIDE Invitaional at Holiday Inn in Skokie. Sevan's tournament had a strong contingent of players headed by GM elect Mesgen Amanov.
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MCA FIDE Futurity VII
On the north side of Chicago at Touch Move Chess Center, Chris Baumgartner of Midwest Chess Adventures, presided over rounds 4 and 5 of his MCA FIDE Futurity VII. This motivated group of players are striving to earn FIDE ratings. A hearty thanks to Chris for his organizing work.
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Dolphin Blitz Extravaganza
The tournament was contested by 36 players ranging in strength from FIDE Masters to beginners. Phillip Parker-Turner, a regular in state scholastic chess, is shown at the right. Blitz is a lot of fun for the players, and is great for the spectators as well.
Congratulations Paul on a great tournament!
Illinois Players at Mid-America Open
- Written by Tom Sprandel Tom Sprandel
- Created: 19 March 2009 19 March 2009
Fifty-eight Illinois players compete
On the weekend of March 13-15th, the 13th Annual Mid-America Open was held in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Missouri. Two hundred ten chess players came from as far away as Texas, New York and British Columbia. They competed for nearly $20,000 in prize money. No less than fifty-eight were from Illinois. NTD Wayne Clark served as Assistant Tournament Director.
Notable results by Illinois players
In the Open section GM Dimitry Gurevich finished in a tie for 2nd with 4 points. FM Aleksandar Stamnov, FM Andrew Karklins, and FM Doug Eckert all finished with 3.5 points and tied with five others. Larry Cohen, veteran player and former ICA President, upset Charles Lawton, a 2358 master.
Paul Mechem won the "A" section with 4.5 points. He was followed by Rene Ancheta of Touch Move Chess Club who had 4 points and tied with three others for second place.
Mike Mei won the "B" section with 4.5 points. Adam Schuld with 3.5 tied for fourth in the "C" section. Also, an aknowledgement goes to GB Potratz, U1400 section, for another demonstration of how to lose a totally won position.
Well done fellows!