ICA Bid and Election Notices

ICA is in the process of obtaining bids for tournaments in 2018 and 2019, and holding an election for five at-large board members.

Requests for bids are posted here: 

Call for Bids for 2018 Illinois All Grade, Call for Bids for 2018 Illinois Class Championship, and Call for Bids for 2019 Illinois K-8 State Championships. Send completed bids to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The election schedule is here:

ICA Election cycle underway


January 2018 US Top 100 Lists For Girls

 

With the latest addition of Ankaa Gantulga and Bolor Sarah Lkhavgajav, Illinois now boasts 48 girls in the top 100 lists compiled by US Chess, with twelve young ladies featured in the top 20.

Nandine Prakash leads the 'Age 7' group with a solid 1156 rating (#9) followed by Sukhi Doddi, who also gained points over last month.

Linda Pham moved her rating back into the 4-digit territory with a string of good tournaments.

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In memoriam: James Robert Michalak (1941 - 2017)

by NM Len Weber

The Illinois chess scene has lost another longtime favorite.  In December, we lost James "Jimbo" Michalak, after a long health battle.  This writer first met Jim at the Homewood Flossmoor Park District Chess Club (defunct in 1984).  A "Fischer boomer", Jim reached over 1800 USCF, winning several notable prizes, before leaving the tournament scene in the mid-1980s.  In more recent years, "Jimbo" spent many warm weather days as a regular at the chess haunts in Chicago, including North Avenue Beach, where he taught lessons, played all comers, hustled and got hustled, earned wins against experts and masters, and traded fearless wit and clever barbs with even the most ferocious patrons.

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Illinois Chess Vets Christmas and Awards Party

The Illinois Chess Vets NFP (ICV) Christmas and Awards party was held on December 17, 2017 at the 2 Volcanoes Seafood Boil Buffet in Chicago. There were 45 attendees, to include ICA Metro VP Steven Plotnick, ICA Board Member Michael Lenox, Life Master Len Weber, and Master Nikhil Kalghatgi, enjoyed dinner, a presentation, a gift exchange, a blitz challenge board and conversation.

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Illinois Chess Vets Christmas and Awards Party

The Illinois Chess Vets NFP (ICV) Christmas and Awards party was held on December 17, 2017 at the 2 Volcanoes Seafood Boil Buffet in Chicago. There were 45 attendees, to include ICA Metro VP Steven Plotnick, ICA Board Member Michael Lenox, Life Master Len Weber, and Master Nikhil Kalghatgi, enjoyed dinner, a presentation, a gift exchange, a blitz challenge board and conversation.

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2018 Illinois Invitational State Qualifier Tournament Dates Announced

The 2018 Illinois Invitational State Qualifier tournament will be held May 5-6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg.

This tournament determines which scholastic players will represent Illinois in the Barber, Denker, and National Girls’ Invitational Tournaments and SPF Girls’ Invitational Tournament.

Invitations will be sent out in early February.  As specified in the guidelines, invitation to this tournament is based on USCF rating from the January supplement.  Players who are currently in the Warren Junior Scholar or Rising Stars programs will automatically be considered.  Other players who are not currently in these programs who want to should be considered should email name, grade, gender and USCF number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than January 31, 2018.  All players must be current residents of Illinois.

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December 2017 US Top 100 Lists For Girls

 

Forty-seven Illinois girls have managed to earn spots on the most recent top 100 lists compiled by US Chess, which include the results of the 2017 Illinois All Grade in Peoria last month.

Almost all of the girls in the 'Age 7 and Under' group improved their ratings over the previous month. A big shout-out to newcomer Mehak Jiandani, who is 6 years old and ranks in 86th place nationwide after only a dozen tournaments.

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2018 Illinois Tour Schedule Announced

The ICA Board of Directors has approved the 2018 Illinois Tour Schedule. The Tim Just Winter Open will kick off the tour on January 6-7 and the Illinois Class will again conclude the tour. The David Mote Memorial held on March 3rd in Springfield is a newcomer to the schedule. Please see the complete schedule below.

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52 Players From Illinois Competed at the National K-12s in Orlando on December 8-10

Warren Junior Scholar, Matthew Stevens, from Whitney Young was the clear winner of the K-12 Blitz tournament with a score of 11.5.    Class trophies were awarded to Tristan Kenny, 2nd place for unrated and Luke Faxon, 3rd place for Ratings 1000-1199.    Team trophies were awarded to Whitney Young for 1st place and Glen Grove School for 5th.

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Dr. Steven Tennant, 1948 - 2017

 

Dr. Steven Tennant, international correspondence chess master, national master, life master, and former Illinois state champion, passed away last week at the age of 69.

Graveside service Friday, 12/8/2017, 3:00 p.m. at Westlawn Cemetery, Norridge.

Info: The Goldman Funeral Group, www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com, (847) 478-1600.

A detailed article will follow.

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Casual and Competitive Chess at the Roselle Public Library!

 

Starting this winter, the Roselle Public Library District will be hosting chess events on most Thursdays. Non-library patrons are welcome!

Roselle Public Library is located on 40 South Park Street in Roselle. Roselle is a Northwest Suburb of Chicago located in Cook and DuPage counties, near IL Route 390, I-290, and I-355.

Stop by between 6:45pm-8:30pm for casual chess in the Library Atrium near the Adult Services section. Chess sets will be provided at the Library Card desk. Below is the current schedule for Casual Chess Meetups:
December 14th, 28th
January 11th, 25th

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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."

Warren Scholars are selected based on national rankings on the USCF Top 100 lists published monthly. At the present time, program qualifiers must have been in the Top 35 of their age group on at least one list in the prior qualifying year, or achieved a certain minumum rating:

  • For youth aged 9 and younger and for female players through age 18: USCF 1500,
  • For youth through eighth grade, USCF 1700,
  • For high school players through age 18, USCF 1900.

The qualifying year runs from March of the prior year through February of the selection year. In that final month (February), the Top 35 criteria is relaxed to Top 50.

Other than for those active on an interscholastic high school team, participants must also have played a minimum of ten USCF-rated games outside of scholastic competition at a regular time control in the qualifying year.

Zinski congratulates the incoming class and looks forward to their participation throughout 2014 and into early 2015. 

Scholar Name Age City   Scholar Name High School / City
Aaron Gan (new) 7 Vernon Hills   Anshul Adve University Lab School
Martin Stukan (new) 8 Buffalo Grove   Jimi Akintonde (returning) Whitney Young, Chicago
Brian Gong (new) 9 Naperville   Joe Fennessey (new) Marist, Chicago
Stefan Musikic 9 Chicago   Eli Goering (new) Evanston Township
Aydin Turgut 9 Decatur   Caeley Harihara Walter Payton, Chicago
Jason Daniels 10 Normal   Zachary Holecek Loyola
Shreya Mangalam 10 South Barrington   Jonathan Hrach (returning) Highland Park
David Peng 10 Wilmette   Jonathan Kogen Deerfield
Advaith Prabu (new) 10 Bloomington   Nate Kranjc Benet Academy
Ricky Wang (new) 10 Buffalo Grove   Spencer Lehmann Barrington
Eddie Zhang (new) 10 Palatine   Gavin Mc Clanahan Glenbrook South
Vincent Do 11 Rockford   Sam Schmakel Whitney Young
Marissa Li (new) 11 Streamwood   Duncan Shepherd (new) Lake Forest
Tej Rai (new) 11 Carol Stream   Penny Xu Urbana
Jacob Furfine (new) 12 Wilmette   Tim Zhou (new) Illinois Math & Science Academy
Hanson Hao 12 Bloomington   Max Zinski Benet Academy
Akhil Kalghatgi 12 Chicago      
Nikhil Kalghatgi 12 Chicago      
Miranda Liu 12 Buffalo Grove      
Rishi Narayanan (new) 12 Hoffman Estates      
Matthew Stevens 12 Hinsdale      
Jonathan Tan 12 Mundelein      
Nicholas Bartochowski (new) 13 Palatine      
Alex Bian 13 Lincolnshire      
Daniel Bronfeyn 13 Mundelein      
Jack Curcio 13 Park Ridge      
Andrew Fei 13 Peoria      
Ian Gilchrist 13 Marion      
Blair Hu 13 Bloomington      
George Li 13 Glenview      
Shayna Provine 13 Plainfield      
James Wei (returning) 13 Buffalo Grove