Impressions from Turkey: World School Individual Chess Championships

The 2010 World School Individual Chess Championships has been underway for the past 3 days in the beautiful city of Kayseri, Turkey. At this well executed event (more on this later), I have been fulfilling the role of Deputy Chief Arbiter for the Girls U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17 sections. I was invited to this event back in May by the President of the Turkish Chess Federation (TCF), Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici, who is also running a campaign for the post of European Chess Federation President.


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Eric Rosen Takes on the Best at the US Junior Closed - IM Sam Shankland takes Title in Tiebreaker

Eric Rosen from Chicago took on some of the best junior players at the US Junior Closed tournament which ended today in St Louis. (Playoffs tomorrow)

Despite being the lowest rated player in the event Eric proved that a low rating doesn't mean you will do badly in a tournament. As Bobby Fischer always said: "Play the board not the man."

The tournament was played over 9 rounds. Eric scored 3 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses to end with 4.5/9 tied for 5th place out of the 10 players.


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ICA Proposes Upgrade in Chicago Public Schools Chess Program

By Jerry Neugarten, Chair, ICA Youth Committee

ICA has proposed a major upgrade in the chess program in Chicago’s public schools and has offered to take the lead in planning a new program targeted to students in the city’s Title 1 schools. The proposal is outlined in a four-page report entitled “Why Not Chicago?” sent to the office of CEO Ron Huberman on July 9 and a copy is available here. The proposal had been requested by Mr. Huberman’s office on June 10.

The report, drafted by the ICA Youth Committee, outlines the research on the benefits of chess for kids and details thriving programs in other U.S. cities. Based on experience elsewhere, the proposal says the Chicago program could be run on a budget of $300,000 to $400,000, but would not require direct financial assistance from CPS or the city. It lists other organizations which have offered to partner with ICA in planning and running the program.

Bian Family Wins Big in Vegas; Other Illinois Players Also Hit Jackpot

Congratulations to Warren Scholars and siblings Victoria and Alex Bian, and their dad Mike, who all took or tied for first place in the sections they played in at the recently finished Las Vegas International Chess Festival.  Mike (Shaogang) scored 5.5/6 points in the U1400 section, winning clear first place and slightly more than $2,000.  Victoria scored 4 out of 5 points in the Susan Polgar World Chess Championship for Girls U14 division, good enough to share in a three-way tie for first place; and Alex, who played in the Susan Polgar World Chess Championship for Boys U11 division, was one of two boys in the section with a perfect score of 5/5. Warren Scholar Shayna Provine also did very well, coming in second in the Girls U11 division with 4/5. 


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Rachel Ulrich Invited to World Youth Championships

Photo by Betsy DynakoA hearty congratulations to Rachel Ulrich, who just learned that she will be invited to participate in the Girls U10 divisions of the 2010 World Youth Championships in Greece.  She is the only Illinois player to qualify.  Click here for a list of all invited U.S. players.  Rachel will also represent Illinois at the Susan Polgar Girls Invitational in Lubbock, Texas at the end of July.