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Indiana Chess Newsletter

August 20, 2017 (By Gerry Roberts). As the end of the summer nears and most schools resume session, there are several scholastic tournaments on the horizon. However, for those adults lamenting the changing of the chess seasons and for those scholastic players seeking fame and glory outside the realm of scholastic chess, fear not! Depending on where you live within the state and your willingness to travel a few miles, there are at least half a dozen tournaments in the state open to everyone in the coming months. More

2017 ISCA Class Championships


July 7, 2017. (Roger Blaine). Mat Leach rolled to a 4-0 score in the South Bend Chess Club's Quick tourney at Meijer on Thursday, July 6, 2017.  He was also director of the Swiss-system event which had a 12-minute time control with 3-second delay.

Les Kistler and Jason Bennetch tied for runner-up spot with 3-1.

To confuse things a bit, we had three Jasons, two Jeffs, and two Chris's in the contest.

Indiana Chess Newsletter

June 4, 2017. (Gerry Roberts). Schools may officially be out of session in most parts of the state, but there are still plenty of opportunities to "school" your opponents in tournament chess over the next few months.Starting with the Northern Indiana Open in Elkhart on June 24, there are no less than four open events across the state ahead of August's popular Indianapolis Open.For those longing to play in the Indianapolis Open, but shying away from the large entry fee, there is still plenty of time to earn points in the Indiana State Chess Association's "Road to the Indianapolis Open" by playing in the Northern Indiana Open and Class Championships.Full details and standings for the promotion are below. Read more.

May 21, 2017.
Indiana Memorial Crosstable

19 May 2017 (Gerry Roberts). The 2017 ISCA Memorial Open is almost here!

Onsite entry to the ISCA Memorial Open (Church of the Nativity, 7300 N. Lantern Rd., Indianapolis) will be available from 8:15am-9:00am on Saturday morning.  Registration fees of $60 will be accepted by cash or credit.  Indiana residents must be members of ISCA to play, so membership fees may be additional.

If you are unable to play this weekend, but want to enjoy the festivities nonetheless, the top board in both in the Open and U1800 section will be broadcast live during the tournament here.  Feel free to share the link with loved ones or other interested parties.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday morning, whether in-person or online.

May 8. 2017. Jay Carr, of Indianapolis, recently played at the Reykjavik Open in Iceland. The tournament was held April 19th-27th. Here is one of his games against a GM. Thanks, Jay, for allowing us to publish your game.

Indiana Chess Newsletter
April 23, 2017. We are nearly a month removed from the biggest state chess tournament of the year and the unofficial end of the scholastic chess season - the SCI Team Championships. However, with great events like the Ben Harris Spring Chess Open (May 6, Bloomington), ISCA Memorial (May 20, Indianapolis), and Chicago Open (May 26-28, Wheeling, IL) on the horizon, there are plenty of opportunities for players young and old to keep busy during the "off-season." Registration is open and advanced entries are rolling in for these events, so read below to learn more while entry fees are still low. Read more.


March 25, 2017.  Les Kistler steamrolled five opponents in a row to win the Double Blitz Swiss tourney at the South Bend Chess Club on Thursday, Mar. 24, 2017.  Each round consisted of two 5-minute games with the same opponent.  Les's 10-0 score was followed by Jeff Johnson, 8-2. Read more.

Indiana Chess Newsletter

March 10, 2017. Since the last edition, nearly one thousand students have participated in regional qualifiers for the SCI Team Championships held in Hammond later this month.  For those coaches, families, and players looking for additional practice before the main event, or to continue the momentum afterwards, read below for upcoming tournament opportunities.

As a gentle reminder, this will also be the last call for entries to the Elkhart County Scholastic and Adult Championships on March 11 (register by tomorrow, March 9), the SCI Girls State Championships on March 18 (register by Thursday, March 16), and for K-8 qualifiers to the SCI Team State Championships on March 24 (register by Friday, March 10). Read more

Record Turnout for 2017

Southern Indiana Open!

Feb. 20, 2017. 57 players showed up for the tournament this year. As in the past the weather was a factor, or should I say a nonfactor. In 2015 we had 8 inches of snow the night before and last year it was below zero in Bloomington the night before. This year we had sunny skies and warm temps that may have aided turnout. Read more.




  Nd4: Mike Herron, Nate Criss, Jay Carr, Glenn Snow


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