Skinner North, Bateman: Top Teams at '16 Cops & Kids


Moos1 webBy the narrowest of margins, 10.0 to 9.5, Skinner North edged Edison Gifted for top team honors in the Elementary School division of the 2016 Cops and Kids Tournament.

The October 8 National Chess Day event was hosted at Moos Elementary School on Chicago's northside and was the second incarnation of the event organized by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation.

Jack Heller contributed his perfect 4-for-4 score along with 3.0's from brothers Andy and Leon Cao. Justin Chen of Chicago Grammar School was also 4.0/4, with Jack earning the higher tiebreak to claim the championship.

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Reduced Cost US Chess Scholastic Memberships Available


Scholastic chess wouldn't exist if not for the sacrifice of the legion of chess parents schlepping their beloveds to tournaments.

With an exciting chess event calendar this coming year I wanted to see what could be done to lighten the burden just a little bit.

Instead of paying $17, $22 or $26 for a scholastic, youth or young adult US Chess Regular membership, effective October 3 (2016) I am making available on a first-come, first-served basis a full year USCF membership for only $11. Regular membership does not come with the Chess Life For Kids magazine -- but some copies of the bi-monthly publication will be available at select events.

These memberships are good for one year from the date of redemption -- or more accurately the end of that month. 

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Wisniowski Earns Bronze, Awaits WCM Title From FIDE


667Natalie Wisniowski will soon be able to put a few letters in front of her name thanks to her bronze medal performance at the North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC) held in Windsor, Canada, August 7-11.

The Chicagoan earned the title "Women's Candidate Master" (WCM) finishing in clear third in the Under 10 group, with 6.5, a half-point behind the two section leaders. With five wins and three draws in nine rounds, Natalie's only loss came to champion Atmika Gorti in the seventh round.

Natalie's father, Pawel, told the ICA, this was one of the happiest moments of his life, "the only time when I was happier was when my daughters were born!" 

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Ravisundar, Kodipparambil Win '16 Labor Day Scholastic


16LDS U1200winnerWith a flawless 5-for-5 performance, Rahul Ravisundar won the 2016 Labor Day Scholastic U1200 with 24 participants. The event was held September 3 in conjunction with the Illinois Open occuring in Northbrook.

In the U700 section, Advaith Kodipparambil posted the high score.

In the upper section, a three-way tie for second place included Jonathan Lou, Kai Dubauskas and Pranay Prabhakar, all with 4.0's. On tiebreaks, Kai took second and Jonathan third. 

Ravisundar defeated Kai in the final match and Jonathan in the penultimate round.

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Chicago Youth Enjoy Three Free Summer Chess Camps


Chicago youth had the opportunity to attend one of three free chess camps this summer sponsored by the Chicago Chess Foundation.

The week-long, five-hour-a-day camps were coordinated throughout the city, with the northside camp at the end of June, and westside and southside camps in July.

Adam Geisler organized the camps and serves as both a CCF Board Member and the organization's programming committee chairperson. Geisler is a Chicago Public School teacher and the coach of the successful Bateman Elementary School club which regularly competes as a team in scholastic tournaments.

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