2014 Warren Scholars Class Announced

The 2014 Class of Warren Junior Chess Scholars has been announced with 48 qualifiers, 32 in Grades K-8, 16 in High School.

Six are female, nine are from downstate. 15 have never been Scholars before, three are returning to the program after brief absences. 48 participants represents a leap from 37 qualifiers in 2013 and 36 in 2012.

According to Warren Director Pattie Zinski, "The Warren Junior program sponsors  unique training and playing opportunities for its Scholars, including quarterly clinics, subsidies for select summer camps and invitational playing events."

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Marissa Li Wins U12 at 2014 All-Girls Nationals

Marissa Li has won her Under 12 section of the 2014 National All-Girls competition completed today in Northbrook, IL.

Achieving the lone 5.5/6 score in the 74-player section, Marissa entered the event having boosted her USCF-rating nearly 400-points since competing in the 2013 All-Girls and over 800-points since the 2012 All-Girls.

By virtue of her section championship, Marissa qualifies to represent the USA at the World Youth Championships to be held in South Africa late in the year.

In the Under 14 section, Long Grove's Miranda Liu took home the third place award on tiebreaks, tying for second place with 5.0/6.

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Niles North Top U1600 Team at HS Nationals; 2nd in U1200

Niles North High School claimed the Under 1600 Championship at the USCF Nationals concluded April 6 in San Diego. The team tied with a Miami high school with 18.0 points, but had the higher tiebreak.

The Skokie-based high school just missed another championship by half a point, placing second in the Under 1200 section behind a Virginia team.

Lisle-based Benet Academy placed fifth in the U1200, with Oak Lawn's Richard's High School taking tenth place.

In the Under 800 section, Richards placed second on tiebreaks, tying with the champions from Texas. 

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Schmakel Takes 2nd at '14 High School Nationals in San Diego; Richards' Cabel Wins U1600; Marshall's Blankenship Tops U800

942 players competed at the 2014 National High School Championship with several Illinois high schoolers coming home with hardware -- including two outright champions. Two Illinois players tied for second in their respective sections, two others tied for third.

The seven-round competition was conducted in San Diego, CA April 4-6. There were five K-12 sections divided by USCF rating, including 338 in the Open Section.

In the Open, Whitney Young's Sam Schmakel suffered a third-round loss to state-mate Nathan Kranjc, but won the rest of his matches to finish second with the top tiebreak at 6.0/7.

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Girls Invade Northbrook For '14 Nationals

Although relocated from downtown Chicago, the 2014 National All-Girls Championship returns to Illinois this week.

The six round, six section event convenes Friday, April 11 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Northbrook. In addition to earning a national title, winners of each section qualify for the 2014 World Youth Championships, to be held in South Africa.

The Under 20 section has been eliminated but organizer David Heiser reports more than 300 pre-registrations have been received in U18 through U8 classifications. Heiser promises this will be the fourth year in a row of increasing participation. The 2013 All-Girls fielded 280 players with more than three-quarters of the competitors registered from outside of Illinois.

The tournament is a joint production of the Kasparov Chess Foundation in association with the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation and the US Chess Federation. 

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Illini Foursome Competes in NYC 2014 Collegiate Final Four; Chess IQ Hosts GM Analysis Free to Public

Basketball isn't the only activity featuring a collegiate final four this weekend. For the second year in a row, four University of Illinois undergrads will compete in the President's Cup. This year's event is being hosted at the New York Athletic Club -- yes, the same venue where they annually announce the football Heisman award.

In honor of the event, ChessIQ in Skokie is fielding its own team of chess pundits to analyze the games for the benefit of the public. Organizer Sevan Muradian is offering free admission on a first come, first served basis.

The analysis lineup kicks off with GM Yury Shulman at 10am Saturday (4/5). Shulman has worked with the Illini squad which has reached out to the public for underwriting, raising 90% of its $9500 goal at last report.

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Tian Peng, Karagianis Top '14 Mote Memorial

The Eleventh Annual David Mote Memorial Open, held March 29, drew the highest turnout of any one-day event in Springfield since 2001.

The tournament is the second stop on the ICA's 2014 Illinois Chess Tour.

Forty chess players, including large contingents from the Peoria and Bloomington areas, came to play at Douglas United Methodist Church.

At the end of the day, there were a pair of perfect 4-0 scores: Pete Karagianis, of Bloomington; and Tian Lu Peng, of Springfield. 

Crosstables can be read here.

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2014 Tour Returns To Springfield; David Mote Remembered

The second stop on the 2014 Illinois Chess Tour will be held in downstate Springfield this weekend. The 11th Mote Memorial will be hosted by the Springfield Chess Club on Saturday, March 29. 

Competitors will battle it out for overall and class prizes through four rounds. A time control of Game/60 with a 5-second delay will be used. A $400 prize fund has been announced, based on 30 entries. Complete details are posted elsewhere on this site.

The event is held in honor of longtime Illinois Master and attorney David B. Mote, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 44.

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Michael Penway Wins 2014 Illinois Senior Open

For the first time in more than a decade, there is an official "Illinois Senior Champion". With three wins and two draws, Michael Penway claimed the 2014 title in the five-round, two-day event open to those aged-50 and up.

By virtue of their fifth-round head-to-head draw, James Condron and Daniel Modes both finished a half-point back from Penway, with 3.5/5's. Condron and Modes split second and third place prize money overall.

The event was hosted at the Country Inn and Suites in Naperville, March 22 and 23. Mikhail Korenman organized the Illinois Senior tournament and served as Chief Tournament Director. 10 players competed with three others picking up single games.

Crosstables can be viewed here.

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February 2014 Chess Roundup

In the world of chess, it may not be major breaking news, but in February for the first time, a Surinamese women's champ, Rosangela dos Ramos, held on to 4th place, qualifying for the next round of the World Chess Championship for women.  The annual Brisith Problem solving championship took place with GM John Nunn winning it.  Columbia won the 4th annual Inter-Ivy League Chess Tournament.  The US Amateur Team Tournaments all took place: North, East, South, and West.  

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