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2016 Indiana Memorial
By Roger Norris

April 28, 2016. On Saturday, April 23, 60 chess players gathered at the Church of the Nativity on the NE side of Indianapolis to compete in two sections (Open and U1800) in the ISCA Memorial.  The Memorial is the tournament where we remember the chess players of the state of Indiana that have passed.  This was the largest Memorial in recent memory, and thanks to all who participated!  The turnout was really, well...just awesome!  Both sections were filled with talent!  The open section was as strong as we have seen in this tournament.  One of our Indiana experts can be quoted as saying, "The Open section was probably the strongest I've ever played in in a one day event."  (Jay Carr speaking on Facebook!)."  The reserve section had players of all levels and experience, but did have a number of players above 1500 in the section. 

Chao ZhengChao Zheng won the open section with a perfect score of 4.
 Andrew PheasantAndrew Pheasant finished in second with a score of 3.5.

The top player U2000 in the open was Bobby Goddin.  Congrats to all!

The reserve was won by Richard Arnold with a perfect score of 4.
The top U1600 prize was shared by Ben Pitchkites, Albert Nelms and Shawn Marcum. 
The top U1400 player was Nikhil Datar, one of our youngest players in the tournament.
Ben Foley is one of our talented young players in the state and he was quoted as saying about the tournament that he was "exhausted and exhausting!!"  This was echoed by other players, but it was not a bad thing.  It was a testimony to the strength of thefield.  Folks had fun on the sunny day in Saturday in a beautiful setting on Indy's NE side! 
The class tournament is the next ISCA event in Indy in July!  It will be a great tuneup for the US Open!  USCF CROSSTABLE


 Indiana Master Dennis Monokroussos Annotates World Championship Candidates Matches

Bloomington Chess

(Mar. 28, 2016)

 South Suburban Chess Wars XIV
When: May 22, 2016
Where: Glenwood Chess Center @1 South Rebecca Street, Glenwood Il. 60425.  (Wheelchair Accessible)
Category: Open Tournaments (See ICA/ISCA Listings)
Tournament will be held at “the Glenwood Chess Center @1 South Rebecca Street, Glenwood Il. 60425.
Open to USCF Players in 3 sections: U1250, U1650 & Open (Limited to a Maximum Capacity of 50 players) USCF Membership is required. Memberships are available at site ($5.00 fee) or at Players under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. TD reserves the right to modify sections and tournament format based on # of entrants in a section. TDS also reserves the right to modify pairings in the event of a website program or crash beyond our control.
EF: $25.00, $35.00 after May 21st. 
Entry fee includes Lunch and Unlimited Bottled Water, Snacks and Refreshments. We at the request of the players are adding Hot Tea, and Coffee/Mocha and or Cappuccino to the tournaments amenities!
Parents and Chaperones: In appreciation of your Support and Encouragement, we are extending the Unlimited Bottled Water, Tea, Coffee and Snacks and Refreshments to all of you as well!
Time Limits: 4SS, G 40/ d5.   
RDS: 1st at 9:00 am, then TBA (Pairings will be as soon as possible after a round ends)
Lunch Break: 12:30 to 1:30
Please bring chess clocks. (Boards & Pieces Optional)
Prizes: U1250: Trophies 1st- through 3rd place, ribbons 4th and 5th place. U1650: Trophies 1st- through 3rd place, ribbons 4th and 5th place.  Open: Trophies 1st- through 3rd place, ribbons 4th and 5th place. (A Case of Pop will also be awarded to the Open 1st place winner)
Special “Bounty Hunter Prizes”: A Special Award will be given to any player that “whups” any GCC staff member!!
Farthest Distance Travelled: An Appreciation Prize will be Awarded (if 50 miles or more)
Cash Prizes: $50 to 1st Pl if 15 players in any section. $75 to 1st Pl. if 20 players and $150 to 1st Pl. if 25 or more players in a section!
Tie Breaks: Standard Tie Break System. (For Trophy Prizes)
Registration: 1.Email- send Name, USCF#, Expiration Date, Phone Number and Rating to: 2. By phone: 708-333-4298 and leave the above information, and E-Mail . 3. Online at
Tournament Day Registration and Payments: 8-8:45am. Payments can be made by Cash or Check.
Concessions: Snacks and Refreshments Complimentary!
Tournament results are scheduled to be published in the ICA, ISCA, Daily Southtown, Post Tribune and Tinley Park News Websites and or Newspapers.
Questions: Dr. Orlan Smith, PhD, 708-333-4298 (Glenwood Chess Club Secretary) Scheduled Chief TD: Len Weber



    May 7, 2016. Evansville Late Spring Open - Evansville

    4SS G/70, d/10 St. Mark`s Lutheran Church 2300 Washington Ave Evansville, IN EF: $25 (No checks at site) Reg: 8:30-9:15 1st Rd 9:30 Others ASAP PF (based on 16) 1st $120, A, B, C, D/E, Each $60 ENTRIES: Craig Hines 613 North Park Dr. Evansville, IN 47710 812-423-2996 cell 812-618-8700 email: 1 bye if before Rd. 2 NO last round Byes. NS NC W


Bloomington Chess Newsletter
By Gerry Roberts
Apr. 21, 2016

As the nation's best chess players are gathered in St. Louis for the U.S. Championships, many local players have been busy playing and/or preparing for tournaments of their own. From last weekend's National Junior High Championships in Indianapolis to this weekend's ISCA Memorial Open in the same city, there's been plenty of action for local chess enthusiasts lately and lots to still look forward to.
I. Tournament Recaps
Blitz Tournament - March 24
The Chess Club at IU hosted an unrated blitz tournament at the IMU last month, attracting 13 of the city's strongest players.  Top-rated Hall Bjornstad overcame a first round loss to Roy "Jimmy" Brown to go undefeated thereafter, finishing with 4.5 points in 6 games.  However, he was not alone atop the leaderboard, as Jimmy also finished with 4.5 points following a loss to Matt Kubisch.  For their efforts, the winners earned $20 apiece.  The full crosstable can be viewed here.

National Junior High (K-9) Championship - April 15-17
For the first time ever, the National Junior High Championships were held in Indianapolis, attracting an impressive 1138 players from all corners of the nation.  Festivities began Thursday afternoon with a bughouse tournament.  Teaming up for the event were 7th graders Andrew Pilat of Martinsville and Thaddeus Cole of Bloomington.  Losing only a single round, they impressed by finishing in a tie for fifth place (see the results here).  Seeking to continue the momentum, they both also signed up for the blitz tournament that evening with some of the top junior players in the country.  Thaddeus finished the event with 5/12 points while Drew managed to score 3.5 points (full USCF crosstable here).

The championships proper began the next morning across six sections (K-9 Championships, K-8 Championships, K-9 U1250, K-9 U1000, K-9 U750, K-9 unrated).  Thaddeus, participating in the K-9 U1250 section, went 3-1 from his first four games.  Meanwhile, his coach (yours truly) went 3-1 in the side event for "Family and Friends."  Combining the scores for the four rounds, he and I won the first place trophy for top coach/student.  Thaddeus finished his section with 4/7 points, earning a handful of rating points in the process.  Meanwhile, other local participants included Bingrui "Tutu" Wang in the K-8 Championship section. Playing in only four of the seven rounds, he managed to win half of his games in a grueling section.  Notably, Maggie Feng of Ohio went 6.5/7.0 in the K-9 Championship section, becoming the first ever female national junior high champion!  To see all of the results, view the crosstable here.

II. Tournament Calendar
ISCA Memorial Open - April 23
In the second leg of this year's "Road to the Open," which will award a free entry to the highest finisher in each of the Master/Expert, Class A, Class B, and Class C/below sections across four ISCA events, the Memorial Open will be held this Saturday at the Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis.  Held in two sections (Open, U1800), the tournament will be a 4-round Swiss event with a time control of G/60 d10.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top overall and class finishers in each section.  Other than the State Championships, this is typically the strongest and best attended ISCA event on the calendar each year, so don't miss the opportunity to test your skills against the best the state has to offer.  So far, there are nearly 50 advanced entries.  Check out the full list here.  If you want to sign up, on-site registration will be available from 8:15-9:00am for $55.  I'll see you all bright and early Saturday morning for the first round at 9:30am!

All-Girls National Championships - April 22-24
Hosted at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, this year's All-Girls National Championships will be held this weekend. The event, a 6-round Swiss system using a time control of G/90 d5, will have six sections according to age group as of January 1st (U18, U16, U14, U12, U10, and U8).  The first place finisher in each section will qualify to represent the USA at the 2016 World Youth/Cadets Championships. Entry fees are $55 if received by 3/28, $75 by 4/11, or $95 after. To register, or for additional information, visit

Blitz Tournament - April 29
The Chess Club at IU will be holding another unrated blitz tournament next Friday at 7pm-10pm at the IMU in the area behind Baja Fresh near the ATMs.  The tournament will be identical to the previous one (see tournament recap above), with 6 rounds of G/5 with a 2-second delay per move.  The entry fee will be $8, pizza and drinks will be provided, and there will be cash prizes for winners.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, you can contact club president Evan Spiegel at

National Elementary (K-6) Championships - May 6-8
The National Elementary Championships are returning to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee this year.  This is the same facility that hosts the SuperNationals every four years, and promises to be a fantastic venue for chess players and their families.  The tournament is 7SS, G/120 d5 except for the K-1 sections, which play at a slightly faster G/90 d5. There are 9 sections, sorted by age group and strength, so if you're willing to travel the four hours from Bloomington, there is a spot for everybody. Entry fees are $50 in advance before 4/4, $70 by 4/25, $85 by 5/4, or $90 onsite.  For more information or to register, visit or contact Susan Kantor at

Ben Harris Spring Open - May 14
The 2016 Ben Harris Spring Open will again be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 N. State Road 46 in Bloomington on Saturday, May 14.  The event will have four sections (Open, U6, U3, U1), using a time control of G/30 d5 for the scholastic sections (5 rounds) and G/40 d5 for the Open section (4 rounds).  Check-in will go from 8:00-8:30am, with the first round beginning promptly at 9:00am.  Trophies will be awarded in the scholastic sections to the top five individual finishers in each.  Entry fees for the scholastic sections are $15 before April 30, or $25 by May 4. The Open section will have neither entry fees nor prizes.  Regardless of the section, there will be no onsite registration available.  Registration information can be sent to, but payment should be sent to BISCC, ATTN: Neal Abdullah, PO Box 8422, Bloomington, IN 47407 with checks made payable to Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club.  USCF membership is required, so be sure to include USCF information and membership fee if you are a new or inactive member.  If you have questions, you can download the official flyer here, or contact me at The list of advanced entries can be found here, and will be updated more frequently as the event nears.

III. USCF-Rated Online Chess
For the past year or so, the USCF has been running rated blitz and quick tournaments on the servers.  And best of all, it's free for USCF members to play.  Every Monday night at 6pm, verified members can play in a 5-round, G/10 Swiss system tournament for real rating points.  If that's too early for you, there's also a 7-round G/5 tournament at 11pm. The blitz continues on Wednesdays, where players can sign up for a 7-round 3/2 tournament beginning at 8pm.  For those preferring slightly longer time controls, you can catch the 15/10 tournament on Friday nights at 8pm.  To be eligible to play, just fill out the verification form located here

IV. Chess Clubs
Chess Club at IU 
– Wednesdays at 7:00pm
The IU Chess Club meets on Wednesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm by the Burger King in the Indiana Memorial Union.  Players of all strengths and ages, regardless of university affiliation, are welcome to attend.  Questions can be forwarded through the group's Facebook page, or by contacting president Evan Spiegel at

BISCC Library Chapter – alternating Sundays at 1:30pm
The next meeting of the Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club’s library chapter will be Sunday, April 10 from 1:30pm-3:30pm at the First United Methodist Church, one block south of the Monroe County Public Library. Several of the area's top scholastic players are regular attendees, but each session includes a lesson for beginners as well as a weekly activity.  Your first meeting is free to attend, so stop by to see if it would be a good fit for you and your child.  For more details about the club, contact me or visit BISCC's website at

Crestmont Castles Chess Club – Sundays at 3:00pm
Sponsored by Bloomington Parks & Recreation, this group meets from 3:00pm-4:30pm at the Crestmont Community Center (1002 Summit Street).  It is free to attend and welcome to all ages and playing strengths.  Players both young and old have been frequenting the club, so stop by on your next lazy Sunday and discover what the hype is all about.  For more information, download the flyer, or feel free to contact Michael May at (812) 606-7152,

Bloomington Chess Club – Tuesdays at 7:00pm
The Bloomington Chess Club meets every Tuesday from 7:00pm-10:00pm at Buffa Louie's.  Come play in a relaxed environment while enjoying great food.  Games are frequently played at rapid time controls (G/20 or G/15), blitz (G/5), as well as un-timed, so there's a little bit of something for everybody.

V. Save the Dates
July 9-10: ISCA Class Championships (Indianapolis, IN)
July 30-August 7: 117th Annual US Open (Indianapolis, IN)


April 18, 2016. South Suburban Chess Wars XIII
by Dr. Orlan Smith, PhD
On April 17, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XIII. A total of 29 players were in attendance.

In the U-1250 division, new scholastic newcomer to the Chess Wars tournaments went undefeated 4-0 for 1st place. Nolan Fletes on a 3-1 tiebreak took 2nd, while James Merchert Sr. with the same scored nabbed 3rd place. Family members Hudson Lutfiyya (son) and Lynn Lutfiyya (mother) secured 4th and 5th place respectively.

In the U-1650 division, ambitious competitors, Megan Chen and Zach Warsh decided to play a section up. However, they were met with stiff resistance from the players, in this section who repelled their best efforts and denied them from placing. Still, both Chen and Warsh should be given an “A” for effort(s).

Ignace Bielobradek went undefeated with a 3.5 score. Robert Johnson took 2nd and “whupped” the tournament organizer in a “Bounty Hunter Match” to earn an additional prize. The organizer took the 3rd place spot- defeating Eric Mendenhall in a hotly contested match that went back and forth! This was “Sweet Revenge”!

As you may recall from Chess Wars XII, Mendenhall taunted and teased the organizer (LOL) when he (the organizer) lost to Eric’s fellow compadre Alex Ramirez. Mendenhall highlighted the fact that Ramirez richly deserved his Bounty Hunter Prize! Undoubtedly, Mendenhall will be seeking a rematch, ASAP. (smile) Mendenhall and Patrice Connelly, finished in 4th and 5th place.

In the Open Division, another young scholastic player, David Yong attending from Champaign Il., decided to play up!  Yong picked off Joe Emole in the 1st round and disposed of Sam (SE) Henderson in 11 moves in the 2nd round!

Eric Luster, under extreme pressure to slow down the “Downstater’s Momentum”, outlasted Yong in a Rook/Pawn endgame. Yong bounced back to win his last round.  In a Final Round Match, Joe Emole and Eric Luster faced off. Emole’s goal was to beat the man that who defeated the talented boy/youth who had upset him (Emole) earlier in the tournament.

In an extremely close contest, Emole emerged victorious. However, Luster won the tournament on tie break! Emole and Yong finished 2nd and 3rd, while Benjamin Hutter and Nick Allison rounded out the top five.
This event also appeared to be enjoyed and well received by the players.

For more information about Glenwood Chess Club, activities and events, please visit us at

Submitted by Dr. Orlan Smith, PhD

South Suburban XI  (Glenwood, IL)
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