Dimitar Mardov Wins K-3's at '17 SuperNationals; Aydin Turgut & Ricky Wang Tie For 2nd in K-8's; Jacob Furfine Ties for 3rd in K-9's, Anshul Shetty Ties for 3rd in K-1's


With six wins and a sixth-round draw, Dimitar Mardov has secured the National K-3 Championship at SuperNationals VI. New York's Liam Putnam also finished with 6.5, but Dimitar posted the superior tiebreak to earn the sizeable championship trophy.

Dimitar raised his rating to 2014 to achieve "Candidate Master" (Expert) status.

Dimitar's father, Andon, wrote to the ICA after the event noting that his son received some much appreciated help from GM Mitkov preparing against the two experts faced in Rounds Six and Seven. (The grandmaster's own son was playing at SuperNationals).

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Illinois With Four Perfect Championship Section Scores Heading Into Final Day of 2017 SuperNationals in Nashville


After two days of competition, the ranks of perfection are thinning out at the 2017 SuperNationals completing today in Nashville, TN.

Aydin Turgut is one of three perfect scores in the K-8 Championship with 5.0.

Dimitar Mardov has posted one of four perfect scores in the K-3 Championship group.

Anshul Shetty and Yuvraj Chennareddy hold two of the five perfect scores in the K-1 Championship section.

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Bian, Turgut, Mardov, Wang All Tops in National Blitz; Illinois Schools Dominate K-12 Blitz Team Awards With 7 of Top 11


Illinois was well-represented in three of the four grade-sectioned blitz competitions at SuperNationals VI, held May 11. Land of Lincoln had at least one co-champion in all three.

Stevenson's Alex Bian scored 11.0/12 to tie for first in the K-12 Blitz, taking third on tiebreaks. Alex's only loss came in a split against Bryce Tiglon of Washington who finished just above Bian in tiebreaks.

New York's Nicolas Checa, the highest rated player in the event as a ninth grader, was denied a perfect score with a split against IMSA's George Li. Still, Checa managed to earn the highest tiebreak for the first place hardware in the 236 player competition.

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Kalghatgi Twins Win Third National Bughouse Championship



With a perfect 12-for-12 score, Whitney Young twins Akhil and Nikhil Kalghatgi have won the K-12 Bughouse title at 2017 SuperNationals, their third national bughouse championship!

There was a six-way tie for second place -- and a remarkable three Illinois pairs were in that mix.  

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5,500 Enter SuperNationals VI; Illinois With 3rd Most Entries


With 347 players from over 90 different schools and the home-schooled community, Illinois has the third most registrants, two days before SuperNationals VI kicks off formally, Friday, May 12. 

The Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN will once again serve as the host site to perhaps the largest chess tournament ever held in the US (correct me if I'm wrong!).

5,496 registrants is already ahead of the official count for the 2013 SuperNationals. Such events, bringing together Elementary, Junior High and High School Nationals, are held only every four years. (Update: As of Thursday, IL is at 356 and overall is at 5,552).

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