CALL FOR BIDS: 2018 IL K-8 Championships


The Illinois Chess Association is now accepting bids for the 2018 Illinois K-8 Chess Championships.

Suggested dates are March 10 and 11, 2018. Preference will be given to bidders with an upstate location for 2018.

Bid deadline is now April 28, 2017.

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146 Compete at 2017 CPS K-8 Championships


Organized by the Chicago Public Schools, the 2017 CPS K-8 Championships were conducted March 25 at Crane RTC Medical Prep. The event was executed by Rennaissance Knights but CPS itself handled most of the traditional organizer duties including site arrangement.

This year's competition was conducted in four sections with both team and individual awards.

Andy Cao of Skinner North and William Wang of Edgebrook were the K-2 (Lower Primary) co-champions with 4.5/5 scores while Decatur and Edgebrook were team co-champions with 13.5 tallies.

David Chen of Edison Gifted was the clear winner in the K-4 (Upper Primary) section, also leading his school to the top team award with 14.5 points.

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60 Minutes to Profile Chess Sunday March 26


The venerable CBS TV news program 60 Minutes is returning to a topic it has covered in the past: chess.

According to postings, the centerpiece of the spot revolves around a chess program located in Mississippi.

Numerous efforts are underway in Illinois regarding chess in the schools and the ICA stands ready to help in anyway it can.

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14 Teams & Others Compete at CPS K-8 Championships


Thanks to results from playoffs the week before, 14 teams and a host of individuals -- whose teams did not qualify -- will compete at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Finals March 25.

No team was able to qualify in all four sections: Lower and Upper Primary, Elementary and Junior High at the CPS Play-Offs held March 18.

However, Decatur, Keller, Kinzie and Skinner North qualified in three of the four. Bateman qualified in two sections.

Also qualifying were Azuela, Calmeca, Earle STEM, Edgebrook, Edison Gifted, Gary, Lane Tech, Lenart and Whitney Young Academic Center.

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Ice Harbor Scholastic Entry Fee Increasing April 1: No Joke


The premier midwest scholastic championship is just over a month away, this year taking place April 29 & 30 in Dubuque, Iowa. Once again, the Ice Harbor Scholastic will be hosted at the Grand Harbor Resort on the banks of the mighty Mississippi.

This year's event features six rated sections and one section (K-6) where no USCF membership is required.

With the placement of the Denker / Barber / Girls Invitationals the previous weekend, it's hoped that Illinois will have strong representation in the Masters and Experts section. That competition is also FIDE-rated with generous Game/90; 30-second increment time controls.

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All-Wheaton Celebrates Community With 175 Player Event


Chess communities do not evolve over night.

Last weekend, nearly 600 from programs around the state gathered in Normal for the state K-8's. That doesn't happen by accident. Tuesday, ICA website readers learned about a 21-year old Elmhurst district blitz chess event attracting 275 players. 

Although organized by the coaches themselves, schools within the Wheaton-Warrenville District (CUSD 200) held a 175 player tournament in six individual sections and four team divisions to Wheaton Christian Grammar School on March 18.

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Emrikian Now Top 7 & Under in US; 48 IL Youth in Top 100's


As of the March 2017 official ratings, 7-year old Aren Emrikian has given Illinois a top-in-age-group distinction for the first time since David Peng briefly held that honor. Aren's 1864 rating is 42 points higher than the number two seven-year old from Arizona. 

Ekansh Mehrotra is the number two Illinois 7-year old (ranked 41 in the US). Yuvraj Chennareddy is the number three Illinois 7-and-under -- and in fact is still only 6 years old!  He is the fifth highest-rated six-year old in the country.

Arthur Xu is number two in the country for nine-year olds. Arthur is 17 points shy from becoming a US Chess Expert -- with a higher rating than any Illinois 10 or 11 year old -- or 12 year old other than Aydin Turgut.

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275 Face Off In Game/7 Elmhurst Pi Day Tournament


275 youth chess players competed for nearly two and a half hours at York High School in Elmhurst, March 14, Pi Day. The annual event was open to residents of the western Chicago suburb of Elmhurst -- or those who attend school there.

Playing blitz time controls of Game/7 with no delay, champions were crowned in five grade-based sections along with a combined middle school group. An informal high school tournament was also held.

Where two perfect five-for-five competitors were left, a five-minute play-off was held. And in all three instances, the lower tiebreak holder won the play off game!

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Shreya Mangalam Wins 2017 K-8's; Vikram Oberai Is 4-5 Champ; Owen Zhang Tops 2-3; Anshul Shetty Perfect In K-1; Avery Coonley School Wins 3 of 4 Team Championships


Congrats to Shreya Mangalam!

And Vikram Oberai, Owen Zhang, and Anshul Shetty.

All four are now Illinois state champions thanks to their stellar performances at the 2017 Illinois K-8 Championships completed March 12 in Normal, IL.

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Daniels Wins K-8 Blitz, Daniels & Davis Win K-8 Bughouse


Ahead of an amazing seven-way tie for second place, the team of Jacob Davis and Jason Daniels won the K-8 Bughouse competition with a perfect five-for-five peformance.

The event was held Friday, March 10, ahead of the K-8 Championships kicking off the next day at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal.

It took a fifth round victory over the team of Kevin Ho and Aidan Carey to earn the championship, with Ho-Carey earning second place hardware with the highest tiebreaks in the 4.0/5 score group.

Also posting 4.0's were Hoesley-Vincent, (third place), Deligiannis-Kaplan (fourth place), Katam-Sareddy (fifth place), along with Fayn-Platnick, Husarik-Kale and Mehta-Daniels (Alex).

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