Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
In Northbrook on Sunday the 21st, it's the 3rd Coast Challenge XIII.
As always, check out the ICA Tournament Calendar to find out what's going on!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Can you answer these three questions in less than five seconds?
- How many ranks does a chessboard have? (I bet you know that.)
- How many files does a chessboard have? (I bet you know that, too.)
- How many diagonals does a chessboard have? (I had no idea!)
Another email cut-and paste!
The ICA is excited to announce the resumption of the Illinois Chess Tour for the coming year 2012.
The new format features 10 premier chess events and begins with the 26th edition of the Tim Just Winter Open this January.
ICA Metro Vice President Mike Cardinale has spearheaded the effort, and will serve as the inaugural Tour Commissioner, with assistance from some dedicated volunteers. Any ICA members who are interested in aiding the effort may contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned to our website for further details about the new Tour, including a kick-off event planned for this fall.
2011 Illinois Open
Come join us at the 2011 Illinois Open. We expect to have GM Dmitry Gurevich, GM Mesegen Amanov, IM Angelo Young, FM Aleksandar Stamnov, FM Nikhilesh Kumar Kunche, FM Timur Aliyev! There will be plus score prizes, and all players can claim a three month extension to their ICA membership.
- September 3, 2011 - September 5, 2011
- $11,000 prizes based on 250 entries
- 3 day schedule and 2 day schedule
- 6 Rounds
- Increment: G/90 + 30 seconds
- Pre-entry $79, At-the-door $90
- DoubleTree Hotel; 1909 Spring Road; Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
- Side Event: Individual Scholastic Trophy Tournament
- Side Event: Saturday G/25
Chess for Life Website: http://chessforlife.com/chess/Ilopen11/ilopen11.html
Online Entry at: http://chessforlife.com/chess/Ilopen11/paypal.html
Monday, August 15, 2011
PDF here! The article originally appeared in the August 2011 Chess Life. Our thanks to CL editor Dan Lucas for giving the Illinois Chess Association permission to republish.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I know that even with budgets tightening, technology upgrades are still done in corporate and federal entities, therefore, I am asking that any old equipment that is recycled or trashed to be donated to Carter G. Woodson School South, 4414 S. Evans. We are directly next door to a charter school with the same name so the address is of extreme importance to know the difference between the two schools. We are a windows based school with wireless capabilities and kids who just want a fair chance to succeed.
Our immediate needs are:
- Network/individual printers
- Desktops (preferably windows based and no older than 5 years)
- Flat screen monitors
- Copy machines
- LCD projectors
Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you need any further information then please feel free to reply to this e-mail or call the school directly and ask for Trevor Scott at your earliest convenience.
Technology Coordinator, Carter G. Woodson South
Hardware is not just needed for the classroom: with the right software, it's invaluable for turning absolute beginners into strong players.
Your local public, parochial, or private school could also use some help, too. If you're a teacher or volunteer seeking donations for your school, or if your business is swapping out XP machines for Windows 7 machines, I'd be happy to facilitate the matchmaking process!
In the following position, White can sacrifice his queen profitably. How?
And here's the question I couldn't answer when Mesgen Amanov told me to look for a queen sac: how many ways does White have to sacrifice his queen? I only counted three squares, and literally could not see the best move! The confusion eventually cleared.