With a GM draw, Experts Todd Freitag and Dritan Zekaj cemented their co-championships of the 5th Orwell Memorial Open.
The four-round event was held June 27 in DeKalb, representing the sixth stop on the 2015 Illinois Chess Tour. USCF Crosstables are posted here.
Entering the last round at 2.5, Junior Tom Bareket had a chance to join the top score group, but the junior dropped his last game to Expert Bradley Guan. Guan had lost to Freitag in the penultimate round.
Guan finished at 3.0 as did fellow Naperville North teammates Danny Emge and Mark Reed. Emge claimed top honors for those starting the tournament Under 1800 while Reed had the top score for Under 2000's (which had a slightly lower prize pool).
Wisconsin youth won three of the four sections at the 2015 US Junior Open completed June 14 in Schaumburg. Massachusetts GM Alexander Ivanov won the 2015 US Senior Open.
Both events were organized by Sevan Muradian of ChessIQ and Glenn Panner of Chess Weekend and were hosted at the Hyatt Regency of Schaumburg. Crosstables are viewable for the Junior Open and the Senior Open.
12-year old Awonder Liang of Wisconsin was perfect in the U18 section defeating Atulya Shetty of Michigan in the final round.
Registrations remain open at this hour for both the 2015 US Senior Open and the 2015 US Junior Open. Both events kick off tomorrow, Friday, June 12, at the Schaumburg Hyatt Regency, and run through Sunday.
Entries can be viewed and registrations accepted here.
Tournament details can be viewed on the ICA calendar listings for the Senior and the Junior.
Both events are six-round tournaments beginning at 10am on Friday. The time controls are Game in 90 minutes with a 30-second (per move) increment.
Juniors will compete in four age-based sections: Under 21, Under 15, Under 11, Under 8. Overall prizes will be supplemented by additional age- and ratings-based prizes.
Update: Mardov Wins Under 6 National Title! Peng Wins U12!
6-year old Dimitar Mardov and 12-year old David Peng will be the two Illinois competitors in the 4th ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC).
The five-round, three-day event kicks off this evening, June 5. All five rounds will be broadcast live on Chess.com/TV. Round one is Friday at 6:00pm, but it is anticipated that broadcasts will start after all games have begun, perhaps 15 minutes or so after the round begins.
Dritan Zekaj made quick work of the field at the four-round Lincoln Memorial Open. The four-round event was hosted by the DeKalb Chess Club.
Zekaj, an MBA and JD student, played his final provisional game, raising his USCF rating to 2088. He avenged his loss to Suresh Rajamani in the previous DeKalb event. Rajamani took second place winning his other three matches, boosting his rating to 1851.
Rockford's Elijah Patterson won two of his four games, breaking the 1550-mark for the first time at 1554.
The one-day event observed the 93rd anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on May 30, 1922.
Illinois continues to host 11 18-year olds in the top 100 nationwide, whereas statistically we'd expect to have only four.
For the first time, Illinois has six females among the top 100 Under 21 with three above 1900.
Illinois is proud to host six top ten players in the country including #4 18-year old Sam Schmakel, #5 12-year old David Peng, #5 10-year old Aydin Turgut, #6 13-year old Jacob Furfine, #7 U13 Girl Marissa Li and #9 (tie) 15-year old George Li.
Akhil Kalghatgi rose above 2000 once again and Nicholas Bartochowski smashed the 2K barrier for the first time, climbing to 2043!
That gives Illinois 15 junior Experts along with six junior Masters (or better).
High improvers this month included Eddie Zhang up 85 rating points and Alex Zhao up 83.
With a ninth round defeat of Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista, IM Jeffery Xiong claimed the 24th Chicago Open championship. The victory was worth $10,300 to the 14-year old Texan who was undefeated with five wins and four draws for a total of 7.0/9 points.
In round eight, IM Xiong handed GM Boris Avrukh his first defeat in five events since moving to Illinois from Israel. Avrukh had compiled 19 wins and 13 draws before the loss, lauding his game against the eventual winner.
The 2015 Chicago Open, concluding May 25, attracted 826 players to the main event, an 18 percent larger field than in 2014.
At 6.5/9 there was an eight-way tie for second place with FM Eric Rosen nabbing the slightly-richer $2000 prize for top Under 2400 score in the Open. Seven others -- all Grandmasters -- each took home $1671.43.