"Fake Moves" Edges "How To Train Your Sicilian Dragon" in 2017 USAT North Team; Rosen & Jayaram Are Top Board 1's


 With 4.5/5 scores, Fake Moves and How To Train Your Sicilian Dragon both had their way with the 78-team field at the 2017 US Amateur Team North.

The five round tournament concluded February 19 at the Schaumburg Hyatt with over 320 competing.

How To Train's first board Eric Rosen had a perfect 5.0 score, as did Nice To Mate You's Ashwin Jayaram. Both received Amazon gift cards for their perfecto's -- with Rosen earning the slightly higher tiebreak.

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Four Tie at Howard Cohen Memorial

22 players turned out on Saturday February 11, 2017 to help honor the memory of Howard Cohen, a long-time Illinois chess player who passed away last April at the age of 62. 
My brother Howard would have been 63 on February 8, so with the help of the Glenwood Chess Club I put on a tournament to honor his memory. 
All of the participants went away with a doorprize of one or more of Howard's books or pamphlets. 
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Registrations Hit 65 Teams for USAT North This Weekend


With witty names like How To Train Your Sicilian Dragon, Wisconsinknights, and The Wrath of Caro-Kann, teams aplenty are signing up for five rounds of long-time control team chess this weekend in Schaumburg.

The US Amateur Team North -- largely featuring entrants from midwest states -- is an opportunity for Illinois players to compete in a National tournament without leaving the state.

As of the conclusion of the weekend, Glenn Panner reports 65 team have registered -- with several individuals still looking to get matched up with partial teams.

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8 Teams Still Undefeated After 4 Rounds At IHSA Finals


[Editor's Note: Due to server transition, the write up on the completed IHSA finals has been lost but we wish to congratulate IMSA, the 2016-2017 State Champions!  That comprehensive article will be reconstructed and posted here. In the meantime, here's the Day 1 results to whet your appetite (thanks to Andon Mardov!).]

After four of seven rounds, eight schools are continuing the quest for the 2017 top Illinois high school chess team.

With three rounds remaining, wrapping up later today, it's likely we'll see just a single perfect score for the winning team. But you never know until the last king drops.

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New ICA Board Conducts First Board Meeting; Peoria's Patrick Cohen Assumes Duties as Downstate Vice-President


After assuming office February 1, the ICA Board held its first telephonic meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8. A quorum was established shortly after 7:30 and while little business was accomplished, board members were able to get acclimated to the procedings and agreed to meet again March 8.

Metro Vice President Kevin Taylor has asked that the boad undertake a SWOT assessment -- looking at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to the 55-year old 501 (c) (3) as the Illinois affiliate to US Chess.  The board is being tasked to complete a survey addressing these ideas when prepared by President Bill Feldman.

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Avery Coonley and Whitney Young Dominate 2017 GCC


Almost 500 players participated in the 2017 Greater Chicago Championships February 4 at McCormick Place. The event was organized by the Renaissance Knights Foundation in conjunction with the City of Chicago.

Entrants participated in four varsity and junior varsity sections with separate prize categories for city residents.

In the K-3 Varsity competition Ria Raj of Naperville was the lone 5.0/5 finisher to claim the championship with Kaarthik Nagarathinam of Carmel and Yuvraj Chennareddy of Chicago finishing a point back, tying for second place. Yuvraj was named "City Champion".

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Banner Day for Illinois Youth Chess: Over 1,000 Participate In Various Upstate / Downstate Chess Tournaments February 4


From Highland Park to Bloomington Normal, from Wheaton to Chicago, Illinois hosted youth competition aplenty February 4..

Benjamin Elementary in Normal hosted 255 for yet another BNASC event. Wheaton Christian Grammar School in Winfield hosted over 200. Both events featured four USCF-rated sections.

Almost 500 participated in the Greater Chicago Championships at McCormick Place and approaching 100 played in Highland Park with the advanced section submitted to US Chess. The Greater Chicago standings have been posted here, and ICA staff is diligently trying to create a narrative on this and the HP event.

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Registrations Coming In For 2017 K-8 In Normal: March 10-12


With more than three dozen Illinois youth already signed up in four sections, the 2017 Illinois K-8 Championships will be attracting over 500+ (maybe 600 or 700?) chess players from throughout the state, March 10-12.

Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess -- which provides an incredible model of how a community chess organization can be run -- will once again host of the US Chess rated championship. BNASC was awarded the event based on a competitive bid submitted to the ICA in 2016.

Due to anticipated renovations at the nearby Bone Center on the ISU campus, this year's event will be held entirely at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Normal.

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New ICA Executive Board Takes Office


Acting Secretary (for purposes of elections) Bill Brock has announced a certification of results in the recent Illinois Chess Association elections.

Effective today, February 1, the following Executive Board members have taken office: Bill Feldman, President; Kevin Taylor, Metro VP; Murrel Rhodes, Downstate VP; Mike Flynn, Treasurer; and Stephen Plotnick, Secretary. The scheduled term is through 12/31/18.

Continuing in office as Board Members At Large, through 12/31/17, are D. Scott Daniels, Robert Stoltz and Michael Lenox, with two vacancies.

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Illinois Has Seven Top 10 Youth on January Lists


Aren Emrikian may have skipped First Grade -- but he hasn't missed a beat at the chess board!

The Wilmette wunderkind recently turned seven and is now the number two "7 & Under" in the US. He is just over 100 points away from the number one at that age -- from New Jersey. Aren's rating is more than 600 points greater than the second highest Illinois "7 & Under".

Six other talented Illinois youth are in the top 10 of their respective age groups as of January's official US Chess supplement including Dimitar Mardov (3), Arthur Xu (4), Aydin Turgut (6), David Peng (3), Jacob Furfine (9) and George Li (10).

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