Illinoisans Heading to Iowa: Four Events in One

With plenty of time to register, Illinois players are committing to compete in the 61st Iowa Open August 29-30. The swanky Marriot Resort and Convention Center in Coralville, IA will once again be the host site, just over a three-hour drive from the Chicago Loop, two hours northwest from Peoria and about an hour west of the Quad Cities. 

As of this posting, Illinois' Pete Karagianis and Angelo Young have registered as have juniors Patrick Rao and Abhy Venkat.

In addition to the two-day Open, the weekend will feature a one-day Reserve tournament (Under 1600), a one-day Rated Beginner's Open (Under 1200) and a one-day Quick Chess side event on Friday night (six rounds, Game/10; two-second delay). 

Registration for all four events can be accomplished here (under Iowa State Chess Association) and details can also be found on the ICA calendar

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Glenwood Holds Chess Wars V

On August 9, 2015, The Glenwood Chess Club held Chess Wars V. Three divisions of warriors competed in this event.

In the Ribbons Section, 1709-rated Eric Luster “battered and bullied” his lower ranked opponents! The closest finisher next to him was 1346-rated Matthew Kelly who placed second.

David Harrison took third, Michael Crouse and Christopher Harrison, who drew with Luster in the first round, took the fifth place prize.

In the Trophy Section, young scholastic player, Yashom Kapoor, who had won another tournament the day before with a 4-0 score, repeated the feat and garnishing a well-deserved 1st place trophy.

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IM Maksimovic 18-0 at Glenwood Simul

On July 16th, The Glenwood Chess Club was proud to host International Master Dejan "Maks" Maksimovic, who has recently returned to the Chicago area from Europe.

"Maks", an IM with a FIDE rating of 2432 (and a GM norm), warmly greeted the members of the club, and after some introductory remarks from Glenwood CC President Ken Windmon, proceeded to take on 18 club members in a simultaneous exhibition.  

Moving from board to board, Maks introduced himself to each player with a handshake, and the battles were on!  

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ICA Tour Continues At Chicago Class July 17-19

Fresh off his five-way tie for first at the 2015 World Open, GM Alexander Ipatov has signed up for the Eighth Chicago Class. The Class kicks off Friday at the Westin North Shore in Wheeling. 

Although he's never played a tournament here, GM Ipatov, rated USCF 2715, is registered as from Illinois. The 20-something is the second highest-rated Turkish-registered player in the FIDE database, achieving GM-status in 2011. Ipatov is rated 337 points higher than #2 registrant, FM Dennis Monokroussos. 

[Update: FM's Gauri Shankar, Sam Schmakel and Tansel Turgut have now registered.)

The ICA announcement is posted here. Event sign up can be accomplished here. ICA members receive a $5 discount as they will for September's Illinois Open, October's Midwest Class and the Illinois Class in November. Such a deal!

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Top 100 Youth -- June 2015

12-year old Marissa Li has now achieved the highest published rating of any Illinois female junior in recent times -- and perhaps ever. Her June rating of 1967 eclipses Penny Xu's 1966.

Illinois has seven youth in the top 10 of their respective age group as of June, despite the departure of Sam Schmakel who has turned 19.

The Land of Lincoln hosts 20 junior Experts or above as of the June ratings. 8 additional juniors have ratings above 1950 so we may soon surpass the record of 21 junior Experts.  Who is next?

Results as of May 20th were factored into these calculations. 

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Qazi Perfect at 115th Knights Quest

Rafeh Qazi defeated fellow-Expert Robby Hecht in the fourth round to claim top honors at the 115th Knight's Quest, held July 12 in Northbrook.

Alec Feygin prevailed over Howard Cohen in the last round, giving both players 3.0/4 scores (along with Hecht, John Compton and Nathan Fong). 

26 competed in the Open Section at a tepid Game/40 pace, boosted by a five-second delay. Overall, 103 players entered one of the tournament's four sections. Crosstables have been published here.

Playing in his first USCF-rated event, Nathan Xu was a perfect 3-0 with a full-point bye in the first round, earning clear first in the Under 1400 section. Eric Helgemo was second at 3.5/4, boosting his rating to the 1250's.

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Schmakel Blitzes Evanston Field At July Tri-Level

With a fourth round victory over Jason Daniels, Sam Schmakel completed a perfect 4-0 campaign at the July 11 Evanston Tri-Level.

Schmakel took a lead in the opening which he never relinquished. Daniels finished at 3.0, tying for second place with Robby Hecht, Bill Brock and Jonathan Lee. In the penultimate third round, Daniels defeated Hecht, one of the event's two USCF Experts.

A five-way tie for sixth place at 2.5/4 included Nicholas Bartochowski (the other Expert), Bill Smythe, Neel Jay and brothers Tom and Adam Bareket.

Crosstables are published here. 27 competed in the Gold Open sections with three additional players posting single games.

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Winick Prevails at Glenwood Club Championship

Starting May 5, concluding on May 21, the Glenwood Chess Club held its inaugural club championship. This was a four round event with Game/45, five-second delay time controls.

One game was held every Tuesday and Thursday with an optional “Make Up Game” on May 19. 

Many of us “begged and pleaded” with the Club’s Vice President and tournament organizer, Herbert Ferguson, to include “Runner Up” prizes so that one person would not be the “Sole King of the Hill”! 

Herb “stomped and snorted” and announced, “Nope, this is the Club Championship, not the Runner Up Included Club Championship.  It's winner take all!"

20 enthusiastic players vied for the title.

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Freitag and Zekaj Top 5th Orwell Memorial

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).

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Middleton Unstoppable at Glenwood Club's Chess Wars

Chess Wars IV WinnersOn June 28th, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted its first Chess Wars -- [an event inherited from the South Suburban Chess Club -- hence the listing as Chess Wars IV].

It was a successful tournament; we had a total of 19 players [in the main event]. USCF Crosstables were published here.

Douglas Middleton (3.5) was almost unstoppable; the only blemish on his record was a last round draw to Jon Winick. However, Mr. Middleton fell victim to “Murphy’s Law”. Doug had chosen to enter under the tournament's "rating points only" option [at a reduced entry fee]. Therefore, he was ineligible for the prize distribution.

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