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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Grandy To Replace Daniels As WJS / Rising Stars Director


Pending ICA Executive Board approval, Rose Grandy will succeed Scott Daniels as the Director of Warren Junior Scholars and the ICA's Rising Stars programs.

Mr. Daniels did an amazing job guiding the programs through the 2016-2017 year, bringing vibrancy to a program which had been dormant for over a year.

Ms. Grandy has been an important part of a successful Wheaton-area chess program for the past several years and is the mother of active tournament players Sarah and Abigail Grandy.

Compilation of the 2017-2018 classes has been ongoing for several weeks but the ICA would like to afford potential participants a chance to contact the organization.

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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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2016 - 2017 Warren Junior Scholars Officially Announced; Exciting New Rising Stars Qualifiers Now Posted (Updated)


 [Editor's note: we apologize that the lists do not render particularly well on mobile devices. The template we have been using for awhile is flawed and we hope to upgrade in the near future. Your membership and dues -- in addition to supporting the Scholars and the Stars programs -- will help support improvements to the award-winning website!]

The Warren Junior Scholar Class of 2016-2017 is listed below, followed by the class of the Rising Stars below that. In-person activities are planned both upstate and downstate with additional opportunities through online vehicles.

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ICA Appoints Scott Daniels as Director of Warren Jr Scholars


With the sad passing of ICA Warren Junior Scholars Program Director Sevan Muradian, the ICA Board has taken action to appoint Scott Daniels of Normal as Director of the WJS.

Scott, an ICA Board member since January 2014, has been an active supporter of Illinois scholastic chess. His son Jason, an Expert-level player, is a Warren Scholar and represented Illinois at the 2015 World Youth Championship in Halkidiki, Greece. His younger son Alex is also a former state kindergarten champion.

The Board expressed confidence that Scott will provide the necessary leadership to further the objectives of the Warren Junior Scholars Program.

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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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