2017 Illinois Youth Invitational


The 2017 Illinois Youth Invitational was held April 21 - 23 at the Schaumburg Hyatt Regency. The Denker section featured 12 of the top high school players in Illinois. The Barber included a dozen of the best K-8 players. The third section pitted eight of the highest-rated girls in the state. The winners of each section will represent Illinois at their respective national competition at the U.S. Open in Norfolk, VA this summer. 

A three-way tie in the Denker saw George Li prevail in a blitz playoff. Aydin Turgut won the Barber with a clear 4.0/5 tally, a half-point better than runner-up Arthur Xu. Xu managed to eclipse the 2000-mark for the first time to earn his USCF Candidate Master title. Marissa Li won the Girls section outright with 3.5, ahead of four girls with 3.0's.  Final standings and complete crosstables are listed below.

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Nguyen & McDonough Tie At April Highland Park Event


Jim Nguyen and Dylan McDonough tied for first place at the April 2017 Highland Park event,  both with 4.5/5 in the Advanced Section. Thanks to the slightly higher tiebreak, Bateman's Nguyen earned the championship trophy.

Julian Wang posted 4.0/5 to earn third place honors out of 17 participants in the Advanced, one of four sections of competition.

In the Fourth through Eighth Grade section, Adrian Onofre scored the lone 5-for-5 result to win clear first place.

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ICA Approves Discounted Group Memberships for ChessKid or Internet Chess Club / Chess FM To Support Illinois Youth


On April 19, the Illinois Chess Association Board of Directors approved support of a plan to offer youth chess players $1 per month online chess learning and playing tools.

As do other offerings in the marketplace, ChessKid.com and ChessClub.com offer a broad variety of videos and playing options. ChessKid Gold accounts are normally $49/year while ChessClub.com (ICC) accounts are $69.95.

But for only $12 for the year, Illinois youth can become part of either offering, placing the tools of chess improvement only a mouse-click away.

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Liu is All-Girls National Co-Champion; Li Clear 2nd in U16


Mirandu Liu has tied for first place in the U18 section of the All-Girls Nationals completed April 9 in Chicago. On tiebreaks, Miranda brought home the second place trophy. Miranda scored 5.0/6 as did her co-champion from New York.

Marissa Li won clear second place in the U16 section with her own 5.0/6 tally behind the champion from California.

81 Illinois females competed representing about 19% of the entrants, Although host Illinois entered the second-most players of any state, New York had almost twice as many entrants, over 1/3 the field.

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Emrikian, Xu, Mardov Invited to '17 World Cadets in Brazil


The US Chess Federation has invited 89 players to the 2017 World Cadets Chess Championships based on rating, three from Illinois!

The competition will be held August 21 - 31 in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil.

Dimitar Mardov and Arthur Xu were invited for the Under 10 competition and Aren Emrikian for the Under 8 section.

They will be part of the US delegation -- but it remains to be seen if they might be named the "official representative" for their respective age category.

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