Local Organizer Plans Easter Weekend Big Money Event

Chessplayers in Illinois should be happy to note that there is a "big money" tournament over Easter weekend: The Midwest Holiday Class, March 30-April 1.  7-SS G/90+30sec.  You can take 2 1/2 point byes if you can't play the entire schedule.  This a class format, so play people of your strength. The hotel is near O'Hare.  Here is the hotel website: www.sheratonchicagoohare.com

The rooms are very reasonable and the site is accessible by metra or airport shuttle. The shuttle is free. Please support this tournament.  It is a local organizer.  We want to make it an annual event.

The registration can be found here in the tournament listings or on the USCF website, or go to the registration page here.  Hope to see you Easter weekend at the O'Hare Sheraton!  Please tell your friends.

WJS and ICA Rising Stars Competing at 2017 Midwest Class


The 26th Midwest Class Championships kicked off October 6  -- but it's not too late to get in on the fun. The 2-day option kicks in today with the merge this evening -- and five rounds of play continuing through tomorrow. Once again, the Westin North Shore in Wheeling is the host site.

A prize pool of $20,000 is at stake across seven sections.

32 of the early entries playing in the top three 3-day sections are members of the prestigious Warren Junior Scholar and ICA Rising Stars programs.

In the Premier 3-day, FM's George Li and David Peng lead the Scholars. Jacob Furfine, Aydin Turgut, Matthew Stevens and his Whitney Young teammates Nikhil & Akhil Kalghatgi, Marissa Li, Ricky Wang, Abhy Venkat, Rishi Narayanan, Arthur Xu and Dimitar Mardov all vying for the $2000 first prize.

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FM Sam Schmakel, WIM Viktorija Ni Enter '17 Illinois Open; Mid-Level Entry Fee Remains Available for $10,000 Event; Author Tim Just to Present Free Organizer Workshop


With three GM's already signed up, FM Sam Schmakel and Women's International Master Viktorija Ni have thrown their hats into the ring for the 2017 Ilinois Open, a week and a day away.

The ICA is pleased to see 100 paid entries to date and expects to approximately double the size of the field before the tournament begins September 2 at the Crowne Plaza in Northbrook.

As a special feature, Organizer-Extraordinaire -- and US Chess Rulebook 6th Edition Editor Tim Just has agreed to conduct a free organizer workshop.

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Chicago Chess Initiative Hosts 2017 Chicago Cup


Chicago Chess Initiative (CCI) is hosting the two-day Chicago Cup tournament this weekend in the south loop of Chicago. The event is offering a $2,500 prize pool based on 80 entries. Details are posted on the ICA Calendar.

Organizer John Porter has ambitious ideas for the Chicago chess landscape and, while preparing for the Cup, was kind enough to respond to some questions from this reporter.

1. What was your concept for the Chicago Cup?

I created this tournament with the idea of having a chess event that represents our great city and shows the diversity that we have. I also wanted to share with the chess community a positive experience on the southside of Chicago!

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63rd Iowa Open: August 19-20; Reserve & RBO: 8/19 only


The Illinois Open -- and its related Blitz and Scholastic side events -- are Labor Day weekend -- but you shouldn't have to wait that long to play some quality chess.

Our neighbors to the west are helping Illinois promote our Open -- so I thought it only fair to give them a little love for the 63rd Iowa Open, August 19 - 20. Anything going for that long must be doing something right! And there are many things right about this weekend.

Organizer Mark Capron helped bring the event to one of my favorite chess venues of the Midwest chess calendar: the Marriot Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa, near the beautiful University of Iowa Campus in nearby Iowa City. This is about an hour west of the Mississipi River.

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Earliest Registration Rate to 2017 Illinois Open Expires Friday at Midnight; Don't Be A Cinderella (She Delayed Castling)


Last year 186 daring souls waged chess battle Labor Day Weekend in the Chicago north suburb of Northbrook at an event known as the 2016 Illinois Open. 

It continued a tradition that predates the history of the US Chess MSA (back to 1992) tracing back to the mid-1970's. Coincidentally, the 2015 Illinois Open also attracted 186.

Will this year's IL Open crack 200 entrants? You too can be part of the fun -- but to do so at the lowest possible entry fee, you must register by midnight Friday, August 11.

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GM Mitkov Is All In On 2017 Illinois Open; Early Registration Discount Deadline Approaching: Friday, August 11


Grandmaster Nikola Mitkov is the third grandmaster to confirm participation in the 2017 Illinois Open scheduled to kick off September 2 in Northbrook.

The FIDE- and USCF-rated event offers an Open and a Reserve (Under 1800) section and two- and three-day options. (The two day option is Sunday 9/3 and Monday 9/4  -- sorry, you don't get to pick any two days as one registrant requested).

The lowest registration rate is $92 for ICA members -- $5 more for non-members -- but that rate goes away as of midnight Friday (8/11).

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