Furfine, Gurevich Tie for 2015 Illinois Class Championship; Daniels Sweeps Class A, Earns Expert Status

With a fourth round victory over GM Vlad Georgiev, Jacob Furfine claimed a share of the 2015 Illinois Class Championship alongside GM Dmitry Gurevich. Both finished with 3.5/4.

Earlier Gurevich had drawn Georgiev while Furfine had drawn fellow junior Nicholas Bartochowski. Wisconsin's Alexander Velikanov, Dritan Zekaj and Bartochowski tied for third in the section.

The event was held at the Hilton Lisle / Naperville November 22 with six sections. US Chess crosstables have been published. Results for all sections are now posted on the ICA site.

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Lost and Found at Illinois Class

A blue Saitek clock was located at the Illinois Class -- in the skittles room.

The clock has four letters on the back... and will gladly be returned to anyone who can identify what those letters might be.

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Panner, Ogden, Miller and Schultz Win Sections at St Johns

Gabe Panner went a perfect four-for-four to win the Junior High section at the St. Johns 2015 tournament held November 21 in Lombard. With his championship, Gabe surpassed the 1000-ratings barrier for the first time. 

US Chess crosstables have been posted.

Sarah Grandy took clear second place with a 3.5 score. There was a five-way tie for third at 3.0. 28 competed in the section.

Colin Ogden was a perfect five-for-five in the 49-entrant Elementary section, graduating from provisional games to achieve a 738-rating. 

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Registrations Over 120 For Sunday's Illinois Class

The final stop of the 2015 Illinois Chess Tour has 116 registered as of midday on Friday.

The Illinois Class Champions will be determined Sunday at the Hilton Lisle / Naperville after four rounds with Game/60, five-second delay competition.

Registration is available here. Complete details are posted here.

As of Saturday morning, GM Vladmir Georgiev and Dimitry Gurevich are the two grandmasters signied up so far. 12 are on board in the Master / Expert section.

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Six Illinois Players Earn $4400 at '15 Kings Island Open

With an outright winner and two co-champions, Illinois was well-represented at the 24th Annual Kings Island Open. Due to construction at the Kings Island resort, the event was held in Blue Ash, Ohio November 13 - November 15. It was conducted in seven sections attracting 293 players.

David Wallach was the champion of the Under 1700 finishing 4.5. Wallach drew Kentucky's Alan Kindred in the final round to close out the win. Kindred finished at 4.0 in a six-way tie for second. David earned $1450 for his efforts.

In the Under 2100, Ricky Wang's 4.0 was good enough to include him in five-way tie for second place behind Hafez Tari of Ohio who scored 4.5. 

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221 Face Off At Initial 2015-16 YCFC Event at Earle STEM

YCFC Earle Lane Tech41 teams competed in the first of six YCFC events November 14 at Earle STEM Elementary on the southwest side of Chicago. The Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago is a 501(c)(3).

In the K-2 Novice section, Skinner North's Asha Lulla and Aaron Patino of St Joseph (Summit) tied for first with four wins and a draw. Asha won the top trophy with the higher tiebreaks. John Seward of Decatur took third place as the top tiebreak of the 4.0 scoregroup. Asha defeated John in the first round.

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Patel, Chen and Lal Win Sections at Kumbaya 85

With two wins and a draw, Aryoman Patel won the top section of the 85th Kumbaya conducted November 15 in Skokie. Six competed in the section.

56 players competed in three sections, organized by Chess-Ed and directed by Glenn Panner.

US Chess crosstables have been posted.

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George Li Tops Evanston November Tri-Level

With three wins and a draw, top-rated George Li won the 18-entrant Gold Section at the November 14 Evanston Tri-Level.

George's lone blemish was a fourth round draw against Zachary Holecek. Expert Daniel Bronfeyn and Class B-player George Fu tied for second with 3.0/4 tallies.

Maret Thorpe directed the three-section event at the Levy Center. US Chess Crosstables have been posted.

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Hoesley Wins 2015 Decatur Chess Challenge

Aria Hoesley won the top section (K-6) of the 49-player Decatur Chess Challenge, completed November 10 at Decatur Classical Elementary.

Aria's 3.0 score placed her a half-point ahead of Lucas Staniszewski and Ricky Chen who finished 2.5. Lucas and Ricky drew in the first round. 12 competed in the section.

In the K-4, John Seward and William De Allaume posted perfect 3.0's to top the 16 player field.

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Illinois All-Grade in Peoria: Complete Results Posted!

ag7 web 2A successful Illinois All-Grade is in the books with 228 competitors battling it out in Peoria in ten sections on November 7. USCF crosstables have posted.

Seven of the 10 individual champions were from upstate. Interestingly, seven of the nine team winners were downstate schools, although two of those were uncontested. Romona Elementary of Wilmette was the only school to win more than one grade level. See table below.

All but a handful of eligible teams received trophies. Approximately one-half of all individual entrants received trophies.

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