Thirteen-year-old cheesehead Alexander Velikanov earned his National Master title in style by winning the Expert Section with 4½-½. Sedrick Prude, Dane Mattson of Wisconsin, and Robert Keating of Iowa tied for second with 4-1.
Eleven-year-old Alex Bian of Lincolnshire (one of our Warren Junior Scholars) won the Class A section with a perfect 5-0 score. Locals Rafeh Qazi and Robert Moskwa tied for second with 4-1 to complete the Illinois sweep.
For those of unfamiliar with tournament chess: this is not a scholastic event!