As most of you know, one of the major events on the annual chess calendar is the Illinois Open, being held this year from September 4th to 6th in Oak Brook. This might be a good warm-up for the coming scholastic season, including the Illinois All Grade championship on November 13th in Chicago. Most young players won't be ready to play in the open sections (the lowest of which is for players under 1800), but there's a scholastic tournament on the first day (Saturday, September 4th).In other email, my wife wants me to pick up a gallon of milk on the way home.
Although the scholastic event will be in a separate room, kids playing in that section, on their breaks, will be allowed to observe (and perhaps rub shoulders with) many top players, including Grandmasters Yury Shulman, Dmitry Gurevich and Nikola Mitkov, and International Masters Angelo Young and Florin Felecan.
Details are at http://chessforlife.com/chess/
Ilopen10/ilopen10.html. If you're interested in the scholastic event, click on "Scholastic Trophy Tournament" at the top.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Scholastic Section Sept. 4 at this year's Illinois Open!
We get email. Jerry Neugarten writes: