The three-day Open Section is topped by GM Yury Shulman (2715); IMs Angelo Young (2418), IM Florin Felecan (2415), FM Albert Chow (2280), and NM Jon Burges (2238) bring the total to five reigning or former Illinois state champions starting so far in the three-day field. Kentucky Champion Davis Whaley (2224) and NM Mariano Acosta (2200) have also pre-registered.
The smaller two-day Open Section has two GMs so far: Nikola Mitkov (2571) and Dmitry Gurevich (2479). NM Audrius Macenis (2201) rounds out the top entrants.
These two sections merge into one section with Round 4 on Sunday evening.
Not up for battling Grandmasters? You can play alongside (but not against) them in the 3-day and 2-day reserve sections. There are also Saturday Scholastic events, and a Saturday Game/25 event.
Details here: preregistration closes tomorrow at 6 p.m. You can register onsite, but why not save time and money with preregistration?