Pairings are set for Denker and Girls Invitationals NEW: Updated Results

BREAKING NEWS, March 22, 2010

Congratulations to Eric Rosen, who with 5.5/6 points was the clear winner of the Denker qualifier, and will go on to represent Illinois at the National High School Denker Tournament of Champions in August in Irvine, California.  In second place was last year's representative, Trevor Magness, who finished with 4.5 points after a tough loss in the final round to Evanston High School's Ashok Raife.  Raife, with an official USCF rating of just 1150, earned the wildcard spot at the qualifier by winning the ICCA individual championships on Feb. 6.  Although he was about 850 rating points behind the next lowest rated player, he finished the tournament with three points.  His other wins were over Zach Kasiurak (who had the flu and withdrew after the first round) and Josh Dubin. 


Rosen:       4.5

Magness:   3.5

Raife:         3.0

Auger:        3.0

Wilber:       3.0

Dubin:        2.0

Kasiurak:   0.0


BREAKING NEWS, March 21, 2010:

Congratulations to Penny Xu and Adele Padgett, who tied for first at 3.5 points each at the 2010 Girls Invitational.  Penny came out slightly ahead on tiebreaks, and gets first prize of a $500 travel stipend to a national girls tournament, plust $250 towards chess lessons.  Adele will receive $125 towards chess lessons.  Rachel Ulrich came in third with three points, and Sonya Vohra, Shayna Provine and Victoria Bian had two points each.


Xu:            3.5

Padgett:    3.5

Ulrich:       3.0

Provine:     2.0

Vohra:       2.0

Bian:         1.0

Pairings are set for this weekend’s upcoming 2010 Denker qualifier and Girls Invitational events.  Both events are a round-robin format; the Denker will be 7 rounds and the girls tournament will be five rounds.  The tournaments will be held at the same time and place as the North American Chess Association’s FIDE World Amateur and Masters events, and all kick off Friday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Skokie Holiday Inn, 5300 W. Touhy Avenue.  Rounds will continue Saturday and Sunday at noon and 6:30 p.m., and for the Denker, also Monday at noon and 6:30 p.m.

The Denker qualifier players are Michael Auger, Josh Dubin, Zach Kasiurak, Trevor Magness, Ashok Raife, Eric Rosen and Matt Wilber.  The Girls Invitational players are Victoria Bian, Adele Padgett, Shayna Provine, Rachel Ulrich, Sonya Vohra and Yue (Penny) Xu.  The Denker winner will be named the Illinois representative to the National Denker Tournament of High School Champions in Irvine, CA in August,  and the girls winner will have her choice of attending either the Polgar national girls tournament in Texas in July or the newly established National Girls Open in Irvine, CA in August.  Both winners will receive a prize of a $500 travel stipend and $250 towards chess lessons, funded by the Illinois Chess Association Warren Junior Scholar Program. (Click Read More to see pairings)

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Whitney Young Scholastic Draws 390!

390 students representing 45 schools established a record turnout for a Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago tournament at Whitney Young High School on Saturday, February 27th. Five rounds were completed in four grade-based sections (K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8), with trophies awarded to the top five individuals and top two teams per section. First place trophies were awarded as follows:

  Individual Team
K-2 Jeremy Margolin, Bell Bell
3-4 Matthew Wong, Decatur Jackson
5-6 Phillip Parker-Turner, Ray Beasley
7-8 William Radak, home-schooled Burbank





Paul Kash of Whitney Young hosted the event, and arranged for food sales by Taco Bell, which evidently added to the tournament’s appeal.

This year has seen explosive growth for YCFC. The average number of entries in their six yearly tournaments from 2002-2008 was 110. Last year, the average jumped to 142, and this year, the past two tournaments have drawn 296 and 390 respectively. YCFC operates under a mandate of providing tournaments free of entry fees to reduce or eliminate socioeconomic barriers to chess participation in Chicago.

Players are set for the Denker Qualifier and Girls Invitational

Two invitational tournaments in March sponsored by the ICA Warren Junior Scholar Program will have the state’s top high school players and the state’s top youth female players vying for a chance to win travel to a national summer event.

Seven high school boys will participate in the Illinois Denker qualifier, with the winner moving on to become the state representative to the National Denker High School tournament of champions in Irvine, California in August.  The state’s top six girls will play in the State Girls’ Invitational, and the winner will have her choice of traveling to either the National Girls’ Polgar Invitational Tournament in July in Lubbock, Texas, or the brand new National Girls Open that will be held in Irvine, California at the same time as the National Denker tournament.

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2010 Illinois Denker Qualifier Announcement

The state’s top high school players will be invited to compete next March in the Illinois Denker High School Qualifier, where the winner is named the official state representative to the U.S. Denker High School Tournament of Champions.  The national tournament will be held July 31 to August 3 in Irvine, California.

DATE: Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21, 2010

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Reflections from the National Denker

Trevor Magness at 2009 National DenkerWhile Trevor Magness was busy representing Illinois at the National Denker High School Tournament of Champions, his parents Phil and Cheryl Magness kept a lovely journal of Trevor’s participation in the event, and their reflections on his involvement in chess in general.  On the next page are some excerpts.  To read the whole thing, go to:

Trevor did Illinois proud and came in fifth in a very strong field.    

Phil from the Denker opening ceremony:

It really is a great honor to be here. The opening ceremony was about ninety minutes long and included several speeches and moving testimonies. This is the 25th Denker Tournament of Champions, and many former participants have gone on to great things--both in and out of the world of chess.

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