October 1st Deadline Approaching for Warren Junior Scholar and ICA Rising Star Programs; Exciting Year Planned


Announcements for the 2017-2018 Warren Junior Scholar class -- and the ICA's Rising Stars for the same academic year -- have gone out weeks ago. Sunday, October 1 is the deadline for parents to return the permission form and memorandum of understanding.

Although well over half of the designees have had their forms returned, there are dozens who have not yet responded.

The exciting programs are getting ready to launch -- so it's essential that all who intend to be included get their paperwork in by the October 1 deadline as requested.

WJS Program Director Rose Grandy has been hard at work developing the greatest possible program given budgetary constraints, but the 2017-2018 year promises to be quite rewarding to participants.

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Warren Junior Scholars and Rising Stars Enjoy Day of GM Training, Blitz, Bughouse, Awards... and Upscale Pizza


Approximately 75 ICA Warren Junior Scholars and Rising Stars enjoyed a spectacular day of training, competition, camardarie and recognition March 4.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of WJS Director Scott Daniels and event host Jeff DiOrio of Naperville North High School, the event represented the culmination of many months of activity to bring together the premier chess youth of Illinois with top-notch trainers.

The Scholars and Stars were also provided commemorative plaques memorializing their inclusion in an elite class for the 2016 - 2017 school year.

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Boris Avrukh, Gopal Menon Deliver Training to Illinois Youth


Thanks to the tireless efforts of Warren Junior Scholar Director Scott Daniels, over 50 Illinois youth received training from top-rated Illinois players on January 15.

20 or so Warren Scholars were provided 90 minutes of instruction from GM Boris Avrukh, the top-rated active Illinois player by 80 points. GM Avrukh is the author of many opening books from Quality Press -- so it's no surprise that he was asked to speak on openings.

More than 30 Rising Stars were entertained and educated by NM Gopal Menon at approximately the same time on a separate WebEx conference. Menon, the 14th-rated Illinois player, encouraged the Stars to use "active learning" ideas in absorbing opening concepts.

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Dates set for Illinois Youth Invitationals

The dates have been set for the Illinois Youth Invitationals.

All three events - Denker, Barber and Girls - will be held on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15, 2016.

The location will be the Hyatt Hotel in Schaumburg, IL.

Participants will receive their invitations by Feb 15, 2016 with responses due back by Feb 29, 2016.

More information can be found here: http://www.il-chess.org/index.php/denker-qualifier-guidelines

2014 Warren Scholars Class Announced

The 2014 Class of Warren Junior Chess Scholars has been announced with 48 qualifiers, 32 in Grades K-8, 16 in High School.

Six are female, nine are from downstate. 15 have never been Scholars before, three are returning to the program after brief absences. 48 participants represents a leap from 37 qualifiers in 2013 and 36 in 2012.

According to Warren Director Pattie Zinski, "The Warren Junior program sponsors  unique training and playing opportunities for its Scholars, including quarterly clinics, subsidies for select summer camps and invitational playing events."

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Warren Junior Chess Scholars 2012

Warren Junior ScholarsCongratulations to the Class of 2012 Warren Junior Chess Scholars! Warren Scholars are selected based on attainment of minimum USCF ratings and national rankings and, for players 10 years olad and up, commitment to improving their chess game as evidenced by play in Open Chess Tournaments. Through the Warren Program, the ICA seeks to nurture and develop the top chess talent in Illinois by providing unique coaching, mentoring and playing opportunities. The 2012 class of Warren Scholars includes the following 25 elementary and 17 high school students.

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2011 ICA Warren Scholars Announced

Congratulations to 43 talented youth chess players across the state who were named as ICA 2011 Warren Junior Chess Scholars. The group of players includes 36 boys and 7 girls, ranging in age from 7 to 18. For 13 of the students, this is the first time they’ve received the honor, which has been given annually since 2006. To qualify, the students needed to be among the top-ranked youth chess players for their age in the country.

Nine of the high school students among this year’s Warren Scholars were present to receive special recognition at the awards ceremony of the Illinois high school team championships on February 13. The elementary and junior high students will receive their awards at the state K8 championships that will be held in Bloomington the weekend of March 5-6. A letter is also being sent to each student’s school principal about this special achievement.

The ICA Warren Scholar program provides some funding for individual instruction, and arranges group instruction with high-level masters and grandmasters. They also are eligible to receive a special discount and scholarship money to attend chess summer camp at the Yury Shulman International Chess School. The Warren Scholar program also sponsors three competitive invitational tournaments for the state’s top high school, top female, and top K8 players, and provides funding for each of the winners to travel to national competitions.

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2011 Denker Qualifier Information

The llinois Denker High School Qualifier is  an invitational tournament for the state's top high school players sponsored by the ICA Warren Junior Scholar program.  The winner of the qualifier is becomes the state's high school champion, and goes on to represent Illinois at the U.S. Denker High School Tournament of champions, to be held in Orlando from July 30 to August 2.

Date: Saturday, March 26 to Monday, March 28

Location:   North Shore Chess Center, 5500 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL

Format: 5 or 7 round Round Robin OR 4- or 5-round swiss, depending on number of players*

Time Control: G90 plus 30-second increment

Tournament Organizer/Director: North American Chess Association/Sevan Muradian

How Players are Chosen: HOW PLAYERS ARE CHOSEN: All eligible (see next section) players who have reached a peak rating of 2000 or more from games played between Feb. 1, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011 will be invited. The top-scoring player in the ICCA individual championship tournament, to be held Feb. 5, 2011, who would not have otherwise have been invited will also receive an invitation. If fewer than six players accept their invitations, alternates will be invited in order of peak rating.

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Warren Scholar Back-to-School Seminar

GM Gurevich teaches at Warren Scholar seminarChicago's Whitney Young High School and its chess coach Paul Kash played host to nineteen talented chess players who came from the city and suburbs to attend an intensive one-day training seminar with Grandmasters Dmitry Gurevich and Nikola Mitkov.  The seminar was organized by the ICA Warren Junior Scholar program, whose mission is to provide instruction and support for the state's top youth chess players.  Players at the all-day workshop ranged in age from 10 to 17, and in rating from 1500 to over 2200.  Thanks to the instructors and to Mr. Kash for making the event a success.  More photos can be found here.