ICA Recognizes, Applauds Chess Moms on Their Special Day


It's been over a decade since I lost my own mother, but the Illinois chess community has in many ways been a second mother to me. The support of many has gotten me through the loss of my father within the past year, and I'm humbled with appreciation.

I've often wondered where chess would be without the chess moms out there who wait patiently for their little bundles of joy to emerge from the tournament room. Long before the tell-tale thumbs up or down is flashed for the benefit of others, these chess moms can tell by the way their sons or daughters carry themselves what the result at the board has been.

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Notes From Nashville: The Diary of a Chicago Chess Coach


Chicago Public School teacher and Newton Bateman Elementary Chess Coach Adam Geisler has been kind enough to share his "coaches notebook" from Nashville, TN where his team is competing in SuperNationals VI. Over 90 Illinois schools are competing and the ICA would love to hear from all their coaches (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Heading into Day 1:  Bateman will have 11 players, which is our largest contingent to date for a national tournament. To prepare, we have been busy with tactics puzzles, tournament strategy and game analysis, including some gems from the recent Lozano Spring Scholastic tournament.  Here's hoping for some great results!

Heading into Day 2:  "It's not WHO you play; it's HOW you play."

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Chicago Tribune Columnist Applauds CCF Efforts


Chicago Tribune Columnist Mary Schmick has profiled CPS Teacher Candice Usher and her efforts at teaching chess to Fuller Elementary School students. Schmick continues on by applauding the Chicago Chess Foundation and former ICA Youth Chairperson Jerry Neugarten: Reprint of Mary Schmick column, 4/30/17

Although CCF has made some progress this past year, a Tribune reader subsequently has written lamenting the pace of progress at CPS -- and reminiscing upon past efforts to spread chess through the public schools: Tribune Letter, May 3, 2017

May 4 is designated as a charitable giving day so why not help support the growth of chess through a donation through the CCF or the ICA?

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US Chess Launches Dating App To Bring Like-Minded Couples Together, Promoting the Romance of Chess


Utilizing propreitary algorithms developed by demographic researchers at the Devry Institute, US Chess has launched a new "app" aimed at creating compatible couples.

Project manager Alex Aleksandrovich indicates that by bringing together more chess players today, US Chess hopes to expand the number of chess-playing offspring in the next generation.

"Too often chess players are inter-marrying with non-chess players and we are noting lower tournament participation levels from these intermarriages," said Aleksandrovich. "Those electronic devices and Magic the Gathering are just too enticing to today's youth."

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Ghita Wins U1900 at Mid-American; Li Co-Champ in U1700


A six-way tie for first with 4.0/5 left out Illinois players at the 21st Mid-American Open!

George Li, David Peng and Tansel Turgut were all a half-point back, part of a seven-pack of 3.5 scorers. Li managed an impressive draw against the event's top-rated player and co-champion, Fidel Jimenez.

Peng went undefeated with three draws and two wins.

Gopal Menon, Jacob Furfine, Spencer Lehmann, Mark Robledo, Jr., Marissa Li and Aydin Turgut all posted solid 3.0 scores. Aydin and Jacob were bookends of sorts -- both facing off against the aforementioned Jimenez, Aydin in the first round, Jacob in the last round.

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