Outstandin Longtime Chess Volunteer

Kyle Groters

Senior Kyle Groters is a Charter Member of the Timothy Christian School Chess Club in Elmhurst, Illinois. In high school, Kyle continued his involvement as a leader by attending all club meetings, advising younger players, preparing students for tournaments and teaching on occasion. His service as a member of our leadership team has been an invaluable as the team meets each week to promote chess in our school. Kyle’s dedication and service to our club has been a model of volunteerism in the scholastic chess community.

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Top Scholastic Players as of December 2012

Congratulations to those in the top ten nationwide for their age group: Aydin Turgut(4th in age 8), David Peng (2nd in age 9), Sam Schmakel (8th in age 16), and Adarsh Jayakumar (8th in age 18).

Ages 7 and under

Rank Name Rating
24 (tie) Stefan Musikic 1377
69 (tie) Aaron Gan (age 6) 1147

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Whitney Young Shines at the 2012 National K-12 Championship

Members of the Whitney Young High School chess team arrived at school on Tuesday morning brandishing trophies representing their many accomplishments at the 2012 USCF National All-Grade Championship. Highlighting the event was the team winning their second National Blitz Championship. The first blitz championship was won at the 2011 National High School Championship.

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Illinois Scholastic Players at the 2012 National K-12 Championship

Illinois Scholastic players acquitted themselves well at the 2012 K-12 Nationals completed December 2 in Orlando, Florida -- crosstable. Illinois natives finished with plus scores (at least 4.0 out of 7) in nine of the 13 age groups, including four top ten finishers. The Land of Lincoln also took home the hardware in side events with two top five finishers in both K-12 blitz and bughouse.

All tolled, over 1300 players participated in the three-day 2012 K-12 Nationals.


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Warren Scholars Lead the Way at Northbridge Chess Camp

Tournament Hall at Northbridge Chess Camp52 scholastic players turned out for the 2012 Northbridge Chess Camp, a Bloomington-Normal tradition started in 2001 by then-pastor Bill Barton. Leading the way were three Warren Scholars: Hanson Hao and Jason Daniels,of Bloomington, and Aydin Turgut, of Decatur.

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