Grandy To Replace Daniels As WJS / Rising Stars Director


Pending ICA Executive Board approval, Rose Grandy will succeed Scott Daniels as the Director of Warren Junior Scholars and the ICA's Rising Stars programs.

Mr. Daniels did an amazing job guiding the programs through the 2016-2017 year, bringing vibrancy to a program which had been dormant for over a year.

Ms. Grandy has been an important part of a successful Wheaton-area chess program for the past several years and is the mother of active tournament players Sarah and Abigail Grandy.

Compilation of the 2017-2018 classes has been ongoing for several weeks but the ICA would like to afford potential participants a chance to contact the organization.

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ICA Appoints Scott Daniels as Director of Warren Jr Scholars


With the sad passing of ICA Warren Junior Scholars Program Director Sevan Muradian, the ICA Board has taken action to appoint Scott Daniels of Normal as Director of the WJS.

Scott, an ICA Board member since January 2014, has been an active supporter of Illinois scholastic chess. His son Jason, an Expert-level player, is a Warren Scholar and represented Illinois at the 2015 World Youth Championship in Halkidiki, Greece. His younger son Alex is also a former state kindergarten champion.

The Board expressed confidence that Scott will provide the necessary leadership to further the objectives of the Warren Junior Scholars Program.

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Qualifications & Requirements

The Warren Junior Scholar program year is from July 1 of the selection year to June 30 of the following year.

To be chosen as a Warren Junior Scholar, students must be residents of Illinois, list the USCF as their FIDE federation and meet the following criteria:

* For high school players, have a minimum USCF rating of 1900 as of the June rating supplement of the selection year, or have achieved a supplement peak rating of 1900 during the 12 months prior

* For players in 8th grade or below, have a minimum USCF rating of 1700 as of June rating supplement of the selection year, or have achieved a supplement peak rating of 1700 during the 12 months prior

* For female players of any age, have a minimum USCF rating of 1500 as of July rating supplement of the current year, or have achieved a peak supplement rating of 1500 during the 12 months prior

Additionally, players age 10 and up must have played at least 10 regularly-rated games (not quick-rated) in open tournaments or sections (as opposed to those limited to only scholastic players) within the prior calendar year.

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2016 - 2017 Warren Junior Scholars Officially Announced; Exciting New Rising Stars Qualifiers Now Posted (Updated)


 [Editor's note: we apologize that the lists do not render particularly well on mobile devices. The template we have been using for awhile is flawed and we hope to upgrade in the near future. Your membership and dues -- in addition to supporting the Scholars and the Stars programs -- will help support improvements to the award-winning website!]

The Warren Junior Scholar Class of 2016-2017 is listed below, followed by the class of the Rising Stars below that. In-person activities are planned both upstate and downstate with additional opportunities through online vehicles.

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