Chicago Chess Foundation Announces Advanced Training


[Editor's Note: The ICA has been notified that sufficient applications for Pawns to Queens have been received for the current acadmic year with only five scholarships available. Check back with the CCF at for 2017-2018 school year opportunities.]

Do you participate in or operate a Chicago school-based chess club? *

Have your students learned the rules of chess and the basics, but are they seeking to achieve that next level of chess prowess?

The Chicago Chess Foundation (CCF) may have the solution for your school program in what they are calling "Pawns to Queens" (P2Q).

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Ryan Kong Wins Winter Scholastic U1200, Jack Ding Is Perfect 5.0/5 in U700, 84 Participate in January 7 Event


Most players are happy to see their ratings increase a few dozen points at a tournament. At the 2017 Winter Scholastic, Ryan Kong enhanced his rating 139 points with four wins and an opening round draw.

Four players tied for second place a half-point back with 4.0/5: Jack Santner, Krish Khana, Advaith Kodipparambil and Atharva Awasthi. Kodipparambil and Awasthi both surpassed 1000. Ratings order was not published by the organizer as of this date.

Kodipparmabil provided Khana his lone blemish in the fourth round but fell to the champion in the final round.

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364 Players Compete In YCFC De La Salle December Event; Five Different Squads Prevail in Team Tallies; Kaplan Repeats

Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago (YCFC) hosts six free tournaments a year at various schools around Chicagoland. The second of the six events for the 2016-2017 calendar year was held December 18 at De La Salle Institute on Chicago's southside. 
George Dzuricsko of De La Salle, and Kelli Moore of St. Columbanus served as hosts with Mike Cardinale once again serving as organizer and Chief Tournament Director.
364 players competed in five sections, some as individuals but most as part of a club- or school-based team.

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49 Illinois Kids Hit December Youth Top 100 Lists in US


Although the landscape may have changed since then, as of the December official ratings supplements, seven Illinois juniors have achieved "Masterhood" eclipsing 2200. 19 have USCF ratings above 2000, considered "Experts".

49 are listed on one of the dozen lists.

David Peng (3rd), Dimitar Mardov (4th) and Aren Emrikian (3rd) are in the top five of their respective ages.  (Aren once again is the top 6 year old leapfrogging Rachel Li of Texas -- that age is generally lumped in the "7 & Under" Category.)

George Li (8th), Jacob Furfine (9th), Aydin Turgut (6th), and Arthur Xu (8th) are ranked in the top 10 of their age groups.

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Mardov Secures 3rd Grade National Championship at K-12's; Whitney Young Claims 10th Grade Team Championship


With a seventh-round draw, 3rd Grader Dimitar Mardov secured top honors for his grade at the K-12 Nationals ending December 18 in Nashville, TN.

Dimitar finished with 6.5/7, the same score as Luke Ye of Missouri. The two entered the competition with two of the three 1800+ ratings. Top-rated Brian Huang of California finished with 5.5, tied for 9th place. It appears Dimitar had the higher tiebreak over Ye, pending confirmation.

Fellow-Illinoisan Alex Zhao finished with 6.0, in a six-way tie for third place in the nation.

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