GM Georgiev Earns 2014 IL Championship Title, Rajamani and Zhang Co-Champions in Reserve

Heading into the sixth and final round of the 2014 Illinois Open, Illinois FM Sam Schmakel had the only perfect score atop a field of 80 including four Grandmasters and four International Masters.

Unfortunately for the soon-to-be UIC freshman, Schamkel succomb to GM Vladimir Georgiev in the final match, giving Georgiev the tournament and the 2014 Illinois Champion title. Georgiev had previously been co-champion of the event in 2005.

GM Georgiev finished with 5.5. Schmakel had to settle for a share of second place with Illinois-newcomer GM Boris Avrukh, both with 5.0/6 scores.

USCF Crosstables can be viewed here while tiebreak-ordered results can be seen here.

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63 Compete at Northbrook Labor Day Scholastic

It took perfect scores to win both sections of the 2014 Labor Day Scholastic, held August 30 in Northbrook. 63 players competed in the five-round Quick-Rated event, organized by Chess For Life at the site of the 2014 Illnois Open.

The Illinois Chess Association received a generous portion of the event proceeds. Results can viewed in tiebreak order here and in pre-event rating order here

In the Under 1200 section, Micah Hill prevailed head-to-head over previously undefeated Evan Liu to earn top honors. All of Evan's opponents on the day had plus-scores (3.0 or better) giving him the top tiebreak of four 4.0 scorers to place second. 

Micah raised his USCF Quick Rating 162 points to 1165 while Evan went up 114 points to 1105. 

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Tour Leaders Stake Claims Entering Homestretch

The leaders of each of the three performance prize divisions of the 2014 Illinois Chess Tour have established daunting leads, chiefly by playing in six of the eight completed Tour events.

With just four events remaining, beginning with the Illinois Open over the upcoming holiday weekend, players pursuing the leaders will need to excel in multiple events down the stretch to pressure the frontrunners. But just beneath the leaders in the standings, the fight for prizes in positions 2-5 is extremely tight.

Both Pete Karagianis and Andrew Fei missed the Tour opener, the Tim Just Winter Open, but haven’t missed a beat since, playing in six of the next seven events, both downstate and in the Chicago metro area.

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Lou, Carey, Jungo Earn Honors at Oak Park Library

More than 20 junior competitors battled it out in three sections at the Oak Park Library in a four-round event August 23. 

The tournament was directed by Keith Ammann.

In the 18-and-under section,  16-year old Mark Jungo of Chicago posted the top score, 3.5/4. Mark had recently competed at the World Open in Virginia. Darak Nowak of Park Ridge took second with a 3.0 result and local Oak Parker Philip Linninger, 18, nabbed third place honors. 

In the 13-and-under division, Aidan Carey went undefeated with three wins and a draw for a 3.5 result. Aidan is also from Oak Park. Desi Nainar of Lake Bluff had 3.0/4 while 7-year old William Cahill of Wheaton was 2.5/4.

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Daniels, Schmidt Prevail at Bradley Summer Open

A fourth-round head-to-head draw gave two Bloomington-Normal area players the co-championship at the 51st Bradley Summer Open, held August 16 in Peoria.

Junior Jason Daniels and Scott Schmidt entered the final round with perfect 3-0 scores. Both blostered their post-event ratings above 1900 for the first time. 

USCF Master Pete Karagianis and USCF Expert Bill Brock tied for third place with 3.0/4 scores, a half-point back. Karagianis drew Peoria-area junior Andrew Fei in the second round and took a half-point bye in the final round. Brock defeated Fei, a two-time Peoria City Champion, in the third round, recovering from a loss to Daniels in the second round.

Bradley Summer Open crosstables can be viewed here.

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9 States Represented at 60th Iowa Open; Brooks Repeats

Missouri's Michael Brooks repeated as the undisputed champion of the Iowa Open, defeating Illinois' Angelo Young in the final round. Going into their game, Young had been leading the tournament with the only 4-0 record.

Brooks had begun the two-day, five-round event with a draw, finishing 4.5. Young's 4.0/5 resulted in a four-way tie for second with Awonder Liang (WI), Robert Keating (IA) and Arshaq Saleem (IA).

Young, Liang and Keating had all been runners up to Brooks in the 59th Iowa Open in 2013. Brooks was also the co-champion in 2012.

The tournament was hosted at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, IA, completed August 17.  Crosstables viewable here.

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Illinois' Felecan Amid Top Six-Pack at '14 Cleveland Open

IM Florin Felecan rode three victories and two draws to a stake in the co-championship of the Continental Chess Association's 2014 Cleveland Open. All six of the 4.0/5 scorers came from different states.

Felecan is currently the seventh- or eighth-rated active player in Illinois based on USCF ratings depending on which list is consulted.

Illinois' Zach Kasiurak finished in an eight-way tie for 10th place with 3.0/5. Kasiurak drew co-champion GM Sergey Kudrin in the second round.

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Bids Requested for 2015 Illinois Class

Interested organizers are invited to submit bids for the 2015 Illinois Class State Chess Championships. The preferred date for the tournament is November 22, 2015.

The format of the tournament has varied from a 2-day, 5-round, slow time control tournament to, in most recent years, a 1-day, 4-round, G/60 time control.

The ICA Board prefers the 1-day format so that it can use the Saturday before the tournament to hold its Annual Meeting and Banquet. The format also should include at least 6 sections (M/X, A, B, C, D, and 1 or 2 sections U1200). Trophies have been awarded to U1200 winners and runner-ups for Class E, F, and U800.

EF for non-ICA members should be set $5 higher than for ICA members, and free entry should be provided for GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs, and WFMs.

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Bids Requested for 2015 Illinois All-Grade

Interested organizers are invited to submit bids for the 2015 Illinois All-Grade State Chess Championships. The preferred date for the tournament is November 14, 2015.

The preferred site for the tournament will be a downstate site.

The suggested format is 10-11 sections:

  • one for each grade K-8, and 
  • one or two sections for high school, depending on number of players.

Suggested rounds:

  • 5 rounds for sections K-5, and
  • 4 rounds for sections 6-12.
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Full Line Up of Events Accepting Registrations for 8/16 & 8/17; Illinois Chess Tour Returns To Peoria

Some weekends it seems like the chess calendar aligns on a single large event and all eyes are focused there. Then there are times such as next weekend where everywhere you look, there's a fantastic tournament available for all tastes and abilities.

Nine Eight different tournaments in all, all to be rated by the USCF, all occuring between Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17, most are one-day, with a two-day state championship.

The 2014 Illinois Chess Tour travels to downstate Peoria for the eighth of twelve stops. Saturday's Bradley Summer Open features a $1000 guaranteed prize fund covering two sections: Open and Reserve, both providing Game/80, 5-second delay time controls.

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