Girls Top 2 of 3 Sections at October 14 Bateman Invitational


With 90 players competing, the Chicago Chess Foundation's 2017-2018 season got off to a rollicking start at an October 14 invitational tournament at the northside Newton Bateman Elementary School.

Ultimately more than 45 school- and club-based teams will be going at it when the CCF competition schedule kicks off in November.

In the Novice K-4 section, Skinner North's Elaine Chao and Decatur's Lily Meegoda were both perfect with 5-for-5 efforts. Elaine won a blitz tiebreaker to take first place honors. 

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WCM Jacob Furfine Ties For 6th Place at 2017 World Youth in Under 16's in Uruguay; Aydin Turgut Ties for 9th in U14's


With an 11th round victory over India's Sarkar Rajdeep, Jacob Furfine secured a sixth-place tie in the Under 16 section at the 2017 World Youth.

The competition concluded September 26 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

At 7.5/11, Furfine was only a point back from the three-way co-champions who posted 8.5's.

Fellow Illinoisian Aydin Turgut posted 7.0/11 in the Under 14's, finishing in a ten-way tie for 9th place.

In the Under 14 Girls, Shreya Mangalam tied for 14th place with four others thanks to her 6.5/11 score. Aria Hoesley was only a point back with 5.5, tying for 27th out of more than 50 entries. WCM Marissa Li also posted 5.5 in the U16, tying for 25th place out of 60 entrants.

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Update: Illinois With Three Players on Top 6 Boards at Uruguay World Youth Heading into 11th and Final Round


ILTEAMFive Illinois juniors are among the 28 Americans competing at the 2017 World Youth Chess competion in Montevideo, Uruguay underway the last week of September.

Hurricane Irma has prevented one player from competing but, thankfully, the Illinois team has arrived safely in South America.

More news is available on the US Chess site here and we'll try to keep you updated with the help of the players and their families.

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September 2017: 47 Illinois Girls in Top 100's, 10 in Top 20


Despite tournament activity, Illinois girls in the lower age groups did not see big shifts in their US chess ranking over the last month.

Josephine Swan from Chicago made the top 100 list for 9 year olds for the first time with a rating of 941. Way to go, Josephine!

With her four draws against higher-rated players in the Cleveland Open last month, Shreya Mangalam managed to gain almost 20 rating points and now ranks 4th in the country for girls aged 14.

Miranda Liu has also moved up — from age 15 to age 16. Happy Birthday, Miranda! While she has not played since April, she improved her US ranking by two spots (from 7th place to 5th place).

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September 2017 Top 100's: Not-So-Terrible Two's!


Despite being shut out in the 11-year old ranks, Illinois posted 55 juniors in the top 100 nationwide as of the September ratings, ages 7 through 18. A couple players may have left but the state, but until they update their US Chess membership, we'll still claim them as native sons!

Three Illinois juniors rank number two in their respective age groups, Aren Emrikian (age 7 & under), Dimitar Mardov (age 9) and David Peng (age 14).

Yuvraj Chennareddy had an amazing summer, raising his rating to 1523 as a 7-year old, ranking 14th in the US now.

For the first time in recent memory, Illinois has two players in the top 10 of the same age group with George Li and Alex Bian rated 6th and 7th among US 17-year olds.

The complete September list is posted below. Events submitted prior to August 16 were included in these results.

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