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.
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.
41 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.
A 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.