Illinois Chess Vets Christmas and Awards Party

The Illinois Chess Vets NFP (ICV) Christmas and Awards party was held on December 17, 2017 at the 2 Volcanoes Seafood Boil Buffet in Chicago. There were 45 attendees, to include ICA Metro VP Steven Plotnick, ICA Board Member Michael Lenox, Life Master Len Weber, and Master Nikhil Kalghatgi, enjoyed dinner, a presentation, a gift exchange, a blitz challenge board and conversation.

A memoriam of GM Father William Lombardi, Life Master Dr. Steven Tenant, and past ICA president Carl Dolsen was observed with a moment of silence. Steven Plotnick, with son Jacob, spoke of GM Lombardi as a house guest and travel companion. NM Weber shared stories of NM Tenant and Mr. Lenox spoke as a fellow ICA board member with Mr. Dolsen.

ICV award eligibility was predicated by participation in a weekly ICV tournament in 2017. Veteran award recipients included: Each military branch, spouse, child, and grandchild with the highest USCF rating. Veteran support awards were presented to Therapist of the Year (Maggie Murphy, VAMC Hines), and the Veteran Post of the Year (American Legion Post-991, Worth).

Non-Veteran awards presented were presented to: Megan Chen (Most Improved), Lia Lenox (ICV TD of the Year) and Dr. Orlan Smith (ICV Player of the Year).

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