IM Shetty Wins CCC's May Plus-Score 9 Event at UIC


With the world's chess community traveling to Illinois for the $100,000 Chicago Open this weekend, warm up events were quite popular.

At the Chicago Chess Center's Plus Score #9 tournament held May 20, International Master Atulya Shetty wasn't able run the table, but he still managed to post a 3.5/4 tally, good enough for first place. Michigan-based Shetty was the clear K-12 National Champion at the 2013 SuperNationals V as a junior.

Hosted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the event was worth $120 to Shetty, who defeated three opponents rated at least 286 points less than his 2518 rating. The IM also drew Senior Master Robert Perez.

Read more ...

David Rubin Wins 2017 Lozano Spring Classic


30 years ago, many readers of this website weren't even born. 

That's about how long David Rubin estimates it's been since he played tournament chess!

After going five-for-five in the May 6 Lozano Spring Classic, hopefully it won't be another 30 years until he plays again!

Adam Bareket placed second with 4.5/5, followed by Roman Kowalysko and Tom Bareket with 4.0's. A four-way tie for fifth place (3.5/5) included Lauro Nava, Malik Brewley, Timothy Liddell and Jake Cinco.

Read more ...

IM Young Wins CCC's Haymarket Memorial; $4400 Awarded


International Master Angelo Young (2377) won the Chicago Chess Center's 1st Haymarket Memorial with a score of 3.5-0.5, taking home $829.55.  

Senior Master Robert Perez (2447), who lost to Young, tied for second with Under 2300 prizewinners Aakaash Meduri (2122) and Robby Hecht (2112), all with 3-1 scores.

Hecht won a marvelous upset against Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich (2523) in Round Two. 

Aamir Ansari (1847) and Si Li (1594) each took home $290.35 for winning the Under 2000 section: Li's great performance added the Under 1800 prize to the pot.

Read more ...

South Surburban Star Wars XXI

On April 15, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XXI. Placing first trhrough third place in the Open Division were: Bugia Geber, Sam Henderson and Marty Franek.
In the U1650 Division, Megan Chen was the winner, followed by Slawomir Borkowski, Jack Heller and Ankush Moolky. 
The Bounty Hunter winners were: Slawomir Borkowski, Marty Frenek, Harry Keller and his brother Jack Keller.

Read more ...

Higuchi Runs 1st Harper College Event; Bartochowski Wins


On April 8, I was honored to host my first-ever USCF tournament at Harper College. 

Even with many other events happening around the state, a remarkable 45 players competed; 25 in the open and 20 in the U1700 section.  Out of 25 players in the Open section, there were six Experts and a Master in the field.

In the Open section, Nicholas Bartochowski was the clear winner.  Winning all three games, Bartochowski raised his rating to 2169. 

NM Ken Wallach and Experts Rishi Narayanan and Abhy Venkat tied for second with 2.5's.

Read more ...