Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Between the ICA's Youth Chess programs and the new North Shore Chess Center and the Chicago Blaze and CICL and the theory of f- and g- versus h-pawn Rook endings (not to mention yesterday's cool Shirov-Carlsen game), there's a lot I'd like to blog about. 

But the October 15th tax deadline is looming...back shortly!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Midwest Class Championships in Wheeling, October 15-17

Clipped and pasted from CCA email!

Tuesday, October 12: Last day for advance entry.

Wednesday, October 13:
The special $98 chess hotel rate at Westin North Shore is expected to end on this date, at about 5 pm.
19th annual

October 15-17 or 16-17, 2010
Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois

$20,000 projected prizes, $16,000 minimum guaranteed
5 round Swiss in 7 sections:

Master (2200/up), Expert (2000-2199), Class A(1800-1999), Class B (1600-1799), Class C (1400-1599), Class D(1200-1399), Class E (Under 1200). 

Also side event: Midwest Rated Beginners Open, Friday night, Oct 15.

Rated players may play up one class, unrated may enter A through E but have prize limits.

$98 special chess rate for 1-4 in room at the luxurious, AAA 4 Diamonds Westin North Shore Hotel, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, ask for chess rate, reserve now or rate may increase.



Meet the Warren Scholars

Jonathan Tan, Lincoln Elementary, Mundelein

Andi Rosen is adding bios of the Warren Scholars to the ICA website.  Check it out!

You can support the activities of the Warren Junior Program (and have more fun than watching the Bears play the hapless Buffalo Bills) by attending the ICA Banquet Sunday, November 7, at Buca di Beppo in Lombard.  Details here!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shipov on Carlsen-Anand

From the great Chess in Translation site!

and also...

Here's a little video from Mesgen Amanov's simul yesterday. Should give you an idea of the cool space!

Chess Life Online also covered the North Shore Chess Center opening, as well as a Renaissance Knights event at Wright College.

Bilbao round 2: Anand beats Carlsen

The World Champion should now be is now over 2800 and #1 on the live rating list.  He's had Black in his first two games!  Carlsen tried hard to squeeze Anand, but overplayed a slightly better position.

Kramnik (who had White in rounds 1 & 2) leads the tournament after pounding Shirov.

"Chess center makes opening moves in Skokie"

GM Mesgen Amanov won 20 games and drew 1 in yesterday's simultaneous

  Photos Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune