With a fourth round head-to-head draw and respective victories in the final round, GM Boris Avrukh and IM Priyadharshan Kannappan earned the co-championship in the top section of the 2014 Midwest Class. On tiebreaks, Missouri-based Kannappan earned the bonus prize.
For the first time, the Continental Chess Association event featured a Premier section which attracted 58 players competing in more than a single round, including four Illinois-based Grandmasters. With re-entries and Under 1100 entrants counting as only half, the overall field fell just short of the 250 "based on", but the $20,000 prize fund was paid out within a few percentage points of the guarantee.
The event featured two- and three-day options in seven sections, completing October 12 at Wheeling's Westin North Shore. Crosstables available here.
ICA President Carl Dolson, Downstate Vice President Murrel Rhodes and Treasurer Bill Brock are standing for reelection to the ICA Executive Board.
No nominating petition was received for the position of Metro Vice President or Secretary, leaving those offices open to write-in candidates.
Should someone be interested in serving as an officer -- or upon any of the ICA's advisory committees (appointed by the President) -- current board members can be contacted through email as listed on the ICA site.
Despite one drop-off, with the addition of Jacob Furfine, Illinois continues to field 20 juniors at or above the Expert mark as of the third Wednesday in August -- the cut-off date for the official September USCF ratings.
Thanks to Duncan Shepherd's ascension above 2100, Illinois has three of the top 18-year olds in the country, and claims three of the top 25 in an age group for one of the rare times in recent history. Duncan joins Sam Schmakel and Jonathan Kogan.
Anshul Adve also broke 2100, giving us three of the top 35 14-year olds in the country as Anshul joins Alex Bian and George Li.
The Land of Lincoln also boasts three of the top 35 13-year olds, and a total of nine juniors in the 13-year old Top 100, whereas statistically we'd expect to have only four. That list is headed by Matthew Stevens, Jacob Furfine and Akhil Kalghatgi.
The Illinois Chess Association has selected Garrett Scott to receive the prestigious Natalie W. Broughton Lifetime Achievement in Chess Award at the ICA Annual Banquet.
The ICA Annual Banquet will be held at 6 pm, Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Hilton Lisle / Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive in Lisle. The banquet will follow the ICA Annual Business Meeting, which will begin at 3:30 pm and is open to all ICA members.
Candidate Master David Peng of Northbrook placed fifth at the 2014 World Youth Under 12 Boys competition completed today in South Africa.
An 11th-round loss to co-champion Viachaslau Zarubitski of Belarus dropped David from his perch as the sole leader. Rayan Taghizadeh of California also wound up in a four-way tie for first with 8.5 points, a half-point ahead of Peng.
David was the 21st-ranked U12 entrant based on pre-event FIDE ratings. He was sixth-ranked among 11 Americans in the section. Both his losses came to top 10 finishers playing as black. He was undefeated playing white, including 6th- and 10th-round draws.
Aydin Turgut was defeated by German Vincent Keymer in the final round of the U10 Boys competition, leaving Aydin with 7.0/11 points. With tiebreaks, Aydin finished atop a six-way tie for 14th.
For the first time in history, Illinois hosts 20 juniors at or above the Expert mark, thanks to the addition of Akhil Kalghatgi. Quite a way to celebrate turning 13!
All tolled, Illinois has 101 USCF-rated players with recent activity and ratings above 2000.
Joining (or re-entering) the ranks of the national Top 100 lists this month were Naperville North's Bradley Guan and IMSA's Timothy Zhou, along with Aiden Carey and Brian Gong.
Zhou had been a regular on the lists before a 13-month absence from rated-play. After the cut-off date for this list, Zhou surpassed the 2000-mark himself with his performance at the 2014 Illinois Open.
Illinoisans David Peng and Aydin Turgut are among 70 youth from the United States now in Durban, South Africa competing in the 2014 World Youth Championships. The tournament begins September 20th and continues through September 29th.
Candidate Master Peng (FIDE 2011) is competing against 111 others, including a dozen entrants from the US, in the U12 Open section of the tournament. Top rated in that section is Wisconsan Awonder Liang (FIDE 2323). Peng won the U10 Open section silver medal, behind Liang, at the 2013 World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.
Turgut (FIDE 1851) is the official US representative in the U10 Open section, competing in his third World Youth Championships. His FIDE rating places him 14th among all competitors, second amongst Americans behind Californian Andrew Hong.
Rockford Guilford High School has not had a chess program for a few years but thanks to second-year teacher Erik Czerwin, the Vikings will be competing in the Northern Illinois Chess League (NICL) in 2014-2015.
Czerwin was named the Illinois Chess Coaches Association "Coach of the Year" in 2012 when he was coaching at Marengo High School. Since then, Coach Czerwin has compiled some of his first-rate training materials into an instructive book being published today by Everyman Press.
A description and an exerpt can be found here. The book is subtitled: From Beginner to Winner.
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.