April 20-22, 2018
77th In State Champs
April 28, 2018
2018 Owensboro April Open
May 12, 2018
2018 Late Spring Open
Jun 2-3, 2018
2018 Kentucky Open
June 9, 2018
Northern In Open
The State Chess and Blitz Championships are almost here!
Special announcements below...
Join us on April 20-22 for the 77th Indiana State Chess and Biltz Championships, hosted at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport hotel. As in years past, we will have open and reserve (U1800) sections, each sporting a 2-day and 3-day option (Rd. 1 Friday at 7pm or Saturday at 9am). On-site registration (no ISCA membership required) for either section is available an hour before round 1. We already have more than 65 entries (including 5 state champions!), so we're projecting to pay the full prize fund of $3000. On Saturday night, we're also hosting the state blitz championships, with prizes for both overall and class winners. Full details for both events are below. If you are unable to attend -- or if you want to showcase your games to friends and family -- the top board in each section will be broadcast live at indianachess.org and on YouTube.
On Sunday morning of the event, join us for an open swap meet amongst friends and fellow chess players. Bring any old books, sets, or other chess memorabilia that you are looking to sell or trade. Any member of ISCA is invited to set-up their materials in the Reserve Section room between 7:30am-8:00am, with doors open to the public for swapping and shopping between 8:00am-9:00am. Commercial vendors may not participate. Please bring your own price tags and change. To share this information, the official Facebook event can be found here.
Also on Sunday, at 2:30pm, the Indiana State Chess Association will be hosting its annual membership meeting. We strongly encourage all of our members to attend and share their thoughts and concerns. We will also be holding elections for the board of directors, so please attend if you have an interest in joining. The board wishes to express that both current president Gerry Roberts and current web director Terry Winchester will neither be seeking nor accepting nominations this year, so there will be vacancies and new blood, so to speak. If you have any questions about any of the board positions, please feel free to reply to this message. I hope to see everyone at the board meeting, the main event, and all the festivities next weekend!
APR. 20-22 OR 21-22 77th Annual Indiana State Chess Championship
OPEN: 3day 5/SS, 30/90, SD/60 d5, 2day Rd. 1 & 2 G/90 d5. RESERVE (U1800): 5/SS, G/90 d5. Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 S. High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46241. HR: $112 by 3/21. Ph: 317-244-6861. PRIZES: $$3,000(b/80) Open: 1st, $500+plaque (plaque - IN. res. only), $400, Top X, A $300ea.; Reserve: 1st $500+plaque (plaque - IN. res. only), $400, Top C, D/Under $300ea. REG.: 3day Fri.6-6:30PM, 2day Sat.8:30-9:30AM. ROUNDS: 3day Rd.1 Fri. 7PM, Sat.10, 4, Sun. 9:30, 4; 2day Sat. 9, 12:30 then merge, 1/2pt bye available Rd. 1-4, request before Rd. 2. Top bd. per section broadcast live at indianachess.org. EF: $55 by 4/13, $70 onsite, Reentry $25, player 13yrs and under $30 by 4/13, $45 onsite, $5 discount to ISCA members. ENTRIES: indianachess.org OR Mail to: Mathew Leach, 4010 Parkwood Circle, Apt. 2A, Mishawaka, IN 46545. ISCA MEMBERSHIP MTG: Sun. 2:30PM.
APR. 21 Indiana State Blitz Championship (BLZ)
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 S. High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46241. 7/SS, G/3+2s incr. PRIZES: $$600 (b/32), $200, $100, U2000, U1700, U1400 $100 ea. EF: $25 by 4/13 at indianachess.org OR by mail (Mathew Leach, 4010 Parkwood Circle, Apt. 2A, Mishawaka, IN 46545), $30 onsite until 8:30PM Sat., $5 discount to ISCA members. Rd.1 9PM, following rds. ASAP.
March 4, 2018. By Gerry Roberts. In this edition, read about the trio of Indiana players that checkmated their way to college scholarships, the International Master that drove across three states to defeat some of Indiana's best, and the 3rd/Under team who dominated their regional with a perfect 20-0 score!
On the horizon, the SCI Team Championships (March 24) and Indiana State Chess/Blitz Championships (April 20-22) promise even more excitement. In the meantime, there are more than a dozen other events in the coming months for adult and scholastic players alike. Get all of the latest tournament recaps, schedules, and registration details below. Read more.
RECORD 69 PLAYERS FOR THE SOUTHERN INDIANA OPEN/RESERVE!
IM RON BURNETT GOES 4-0.
There was bad weather all around Bloomington Sat for the 4th SoInOpen/Reserve. That didn’t stop people from wanting to play Chess though. The PRIZE FUND was increased because of the turnout. IM Burnett, despite showing up 35 minutes late for Rd.1 (not realizing Bloomington is on EST), took home $375. Jim Mills got 2nd, $275 and Max Egan took the A money, $175.
24th seeded Alex Smith went 4-0 in the Reserve to win 1st place $275. Jeff Jackson and Phillip Meyers(3.5) split 2nd, $87.50 apiece. Ben Foley got $150, the C prize and Need Bhate also got $150 for the D/E prize, sorry Neel , I didn’t get your picture for this article.
Thanks so much to the Chess players in Indiana!!
Chief TD, Craig Hines
AIDAN TOPS SB QUICK TOURNEY
(January 26, 2018) By Roger Blaine. High-school whiz Aidan Kaczanowski prevailed in the South Bend Chess Club's 10-minute Quick tourney on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, scoring 4.5 out of 5. Tournament director Mat Leach was second with 4. more.
December 20, 2017 (Gerry Roberts). The busy tournament schedule has inevitably been interrupted by the holidays and wintry weather, but fret not! There are plenty of great events on the horizon, and plenty of results to comb through in the meantime. For scholastic players, do not miss the chance to register for your regional qualifier to the SCI Individual Championships next month! Entry fees are a modest $12 by Friday, but more than double to $25 afterwards. And for everyone, find links below for games from the Indiana State Masters/Generations Championship, as well as for information about the Checkmate Hunger event just around the corner. Read More.
November 5, 2017
off the heels of the 76th Indiana State
Chess Championship and K-12 State Grade
Championships, the past few weeks have
witnessed the crowning of 18 new
official state champions. Meanwhile,
the tournament calendar has been
bursting at its seams with events both
new and old, both scholastic and open.
In this edition, get up to speed with
all the latest results and plan your
next few months' worth of tournament
activity. And for members of ISCA, find
exclusive links to the membership
survey results, and a PGN containing 76
games from the 76th State
Indiana State Chess Championship,
PGN 76 games, Members
(By Terry Winchester). The
2017 version of the Indiana State Chess
Championship was held this past
weekend, October 20-22, at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel - Airport in Indianapolis.
The attendance was superb with 91
Despite several nuisances with pairing
problems, the rounds were not delayed
too much. Several issues occured due to
this director's unfamiliarity with the
pairing program, but with the good
graces of fellow TD, and ISCA
Membership Director Roger Norris, we
were able to resolve the conflicts. I
want to deeply apologize for my flaws
to all those who suffered
inconvenience. I promise I will do my
utmost to correct those flaws for the
First & Second places in the
Reserve section were shared by
Michigan's Andrew Friedman (1663), and
Indiana's Stephen Sims (1395), with
Sims taking the Reserve Championship
title and plaque.
The Open section 1st place prize was
claimed by Illinois' Jason Drake
(2150). Drake was convincing against
our own Jim Mills in the 4th round on
his way to victory.
Despite a forfeit win in the first
round, which generally harms players in
tiebreaks, Mike Herron finished tied
for 2nd with two others players - Alex
Cibotarica of Indiana, and Elton Cao of
Ohio - and took the Open Championship
plaque. Herron and Cibotarica are
co-champions for 2017.
The tiebreaks used for the tournament
was as follows:
Cumulative, Solkoff, Modified
The tournament Director was Terry
Winchester (Evansville). The organizer
was Indiana State Chess Association,
led by President Gerald Roberts.
Assisting Director was Roger
It is my hope that, for the
inconveniences had by some, that
everyone still enjoyed the event,
Indiana's most prestigious tournament,
the 76th Annual Indiana State
Championships. US CHESS Crosstable
2017 ISCA Clas
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
Indiana Chess Newsletter
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
KISTLER PERFECT IN DOUBLE
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
Indiana Chess Newsletter
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
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).
Turnout for 2017
Southern Indiana Open!
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.
SOUTHERN INDIANA OPEN
Nd4: Mike Herron, Nate Criss,
Jay Carr, Glenn Snow (2016)