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Evansville Winter Open 2016
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News Update Nov 18, 2015
Games from Around the State
2016 Scholastic Individual Regional Information
2015 ISCA TEAM STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
State Team 2015 Standings
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2015 State Champion Gets Local Recognition Nov 20, 2015

ISCA By Laws (members, please log in to read)

Dennis Monokroussos Annotates World Candidates

Lester VanMeter Articles:

Fundementals of Chess 1 
Fundamentals of Chess 2
Fumdamentals of Chess 3
Learning from Fischer
Modern Attackimg Chess
Lookat the Endgame
Judgement and planning
French thoughts
Byrne article
Byrne 2nd article


Saturday May 23, 2020, at 12pm (CST). Let's Get Busy ONLINE!! Crosstable
USCF Online Quick Rated Tournament. Time control will be 10 2 (10 minutes with 2 second increment). 4 round Swiss. Entry Fee is only $5, and Cash Prizes will be paid back. $$ To Be Determined Based on Attendance. The games in this tournament will affect only your online quick rating; they will not affect any of your over-the-board ratings. ICC membership will be free for all who wish to participate. YOU MUST BE A USCF MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE. Registration, and entry fee payment in advance is required. Received by 5/21. Mail to: Craig HInes 613 North Park Dr. Evansville, IN 47710. Checks payable to: Craig Hines. For new players to ICC, you will need to register a Handle (online nickname), and get a free membership on ICC. Go to: ICC and click on Signup to register for your 6 month free membership, and THEN, please contact Terry Winchester (tacticaltal on ICC) , or via email.You can leave a message on ICC, telling him who you are, and your handle. You can also phone him at 812-773-7834. You will then be added to our group, and will be able to play. PLEASE do this BEFORE you send your entry fee.


JUNE 27, 2020.
   Northern Indiana Open 
CANCELED


2019 Northern IN Open
New venue, record attendance,
and new champion!

On Saturday, June 22, ISCA hosted the Northern Indiana Open (NIO) at the Hilton Garden Inn. This event is now in its fourth year, starting in Logansport, then moving to Elkhart for two years, and this year in South Bend. While changing sites can create lower turnouts, 36 registrants made the event and great success. Players ranging from beginners to experts came out to compete, and Aidan Kaczanowski (2020) claims first place with a perfect 4-0 score!

Aidan came into the event at third on the rating chart. He began his NIO victory run with wins over William Deer (1509), Todd Walatka (1758) and Jeffrey Johnson (1663) before facing off against top seed Archit Mokashi (2186) in round four. Kaczanowski went up a rook-for-bishop exchange on the black side of a Nimzo-Indian, but things were not so simple. Aidan would penetrate with his rooks onto the second rank and win two pawns, but even under time pressure Archit hit back with potential mate threats and tactics of his own with a knight and rook. Eventually, Aidan gave back the rook exchange, but held onto an extra pawn while advancing his king deep into enemy territory to deliver mate.

Aidan is a recent high school graduate and matriculating to Purdue University in August. Some of you will also remember that Aidan tied for second place at the IN State Championships in April this year. Sounds like the West Lafayette chess scene is going to have its hands full for the next few years.

Other prize winners in the NIO were Ben Bentrup (2098) of Middlebury and Michel Hockx tying for 2nd and the U2200 prize at 3.5 points. Michel is from the Netherlands and competing in the NIO as his first USCF tournament. The U1900 prize split between Todd Walatka, Benjamin Dillon (1775), and Bernard Parham II (1800) with 3 points each. The U1600 prize belongs to Judd Case (948), who finishes with 2.5 points earning him a 1536 performance average on the day. The U1300 prize split between Theresa Walatka (1225), Alex Cheng (1192) and Nathan Walatka (1069).


The fight for top upset made for interesting highlights throughout the contest. In round one, Michael Pu (1411) made his mark scoring an upset against Daniel Parmet (1992) for a 581pt difference. Michael would also score an upset in round two against John Roush (1810), as did Jeffrey Johnson (1663) toppling Matt Hosler (1977). In round three, Theresa Walatka scores a win against Eric Majied (1728) coming close to Michael’s first round with a 503pt difference. In the last round, Todd Walatka claims a victory over Leslie Kistler (2002) in a very tense time pressure situation for both players.

Given this tournament’s continual growth since its inception, ISCA looks forward to seeing a larger field of players next year. Thank you to all who came out to help make the NIO a very successful event!



  NEW CHAMPIONS IN INDIANA - 2019

Over the April 12th-14th weekend, the 78th annual Indiana State Chess Championship brought us some new champions. Each section winner not only took home a considerable monetary prize, but a plaque as well for their respective efforts.

Aydin Turgut won the Championship section with a clear first score of 4.5 out of 5. James Cates and Aidan Kaczanowski tie for 2nd with 4 out of 5. Cates manages the only draw mark against Turgut in the final round, while Kaczanowski took his only loss in the tournament from Turgut in round two. James Mills and Joshua Bousum finish with 3.5 out of 5 to tie for 4th, but these players also tied for the top senior performance of the Championship division. While Mills won the right to represent Indiana in the National Senior tournament on tiebreaks, he declined the position in favor of Bousum.

Aydin came in as top seed and never moved away from board one as he took on his opponents. While he may be a newcomer to chess in Indiana as a freshman at Culver Academy, that didn’t stop him from winning the Scholastic Individual title early this year. He is also a member of this 2019’s winning team at the USAT North tournament in February, and will compete in the national playoff against other teams from the East, West, and South team events. Turgut also won the Indiana Blitz Championship on Saturday night, giving two of four tournament wins necessary to become a Grand Slam Champion in the Indiana Hall of Fame.


Akarsu Celik won the Reserve section also with a 4.5 out of 5. Nathen Bush, Dallas Loven, Thomas Burden, and Terry Meeks II tied for 2nd with 4 out of 5. Celik won against Bush in round three, won against Burden in round four, and took a draw with Meeks in the last round to claim the top spot.

A month before this tournament, Celik went to Saint Louis for the Mid-America event posting a very respectable score of 4 out of 5 in the U1700 section. This set her up as seventh on the paring chart in this State Championships. By the close of round three, she led the Reserve section by a half point. That is where Akarsu remained after delivering a beautiful mating attack in the final minutes of round four, and drawing her final game. She is also the top female performer of the tournament.  


Southern Indiana Open
February 9, 2019


Rating Report


The flooding around Bloomington subsided Saturday morning enough that 62 players could make there way to the tnmt hall at the Holiday Inn for this years tnmt. Talking with Expert Mike Herron before registration, he said “WE need an Indiana player to step up and draw Burnett so we can catch him!” Well…it didn’t happen! Burnett went 4-0 to win 1st prize. Herron, James Cates, Josh Bousum , Mark Blackstad, Kieth Belton and Mohamed Elshalzly went 3-1 for 2nd and split the the 2nd place and “A” prizes.

 

In the reserve section all of the “B” players were shut out of prize money as 4 “C” and “D” players went 3.5-.5 to tie for 1st. Eric Henry, Carl Bauer III, Daniel Larsen and Al Nelms split the 1st,,2nd,”C” and “D” money and get $ 162.50 apiece.

 

Next year we will use both rooms of the tnmt hall for play if we need to. I am looking at adding a couple of prizes also to the Prize Fund. Thanks to everyone who played this year. I was ably assisted this year by Club Director Krista Li of Bloomington  who is looking to run tnmts herself.  I hope this tnmt continues to be successful as past years.

 

See you at the State Championship April 12-14 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West!

Craig Hines, Chief TD and ISCA Secretary.

  

2018 ISCA Memorial Report
December 1, 2018


The 48 players who came to the 2018 ISCA Memorial were a little soggy when they stepped into the tnmt hall because it was pouring and blowing outside. Lots of Board member help at registration saw the tnmt start just a few minutes late. Maybe this caused some folks to lose focus as there were several upsets in the first Rd.. Parham beat VanMeter, Roush beat Datar and in a small upset Braydon Povinelli drew with ISCA President. Matt Leach in the Open. In the U1800 top rated Jeff Jackson went down to Gael Medina. Upsets continued into Rd.2 where Roush beat Jim Mills. 

Things settled down in the 3rd and 4th round though, and in the end Parham and young Bill Qian drew and tied for first in the Open with 3.5 and a $200 a piece pay day. Dennis Geiselman got the U2000 $100 with 3 points and VanMeter won the Senior prize. Scholastic money,$50 each went to Nikhil Datar and Grant Mu.

The U1800 section was won by the 5th and 6th seeds, Terry Winchester and Thomas Burden while the top 4 seeds were stumbling. They got $200 a piece. U1600 money was split by Dennis Hurst and Eric Henry, $50 each. U1400 went to Gael Medina and Andrew Grismer, $50 each also. Senior prize, $50, in U1800 went to John Wortinger and the Scholastic winner was Christopher Cheng who left before getting his prize, IF ANYONE HAS CONTACT INFO FOR CHRISTOPHER OR HIS FAMILY PLEASE CONTACT BEN PITCHKITES AT bpitchkites@yahoo.com.

Hope to see everyone at the Southern Indiana Open, Feb. 9, 2019 in Bloomington!
Craig Hines, Chief TD/ISCA Secretary.

Crosstable

Class Champions Crowned!

September 15, 2018
  
In a tough weekend of competition, the Class Champions were crowned after play at the Crowne Plaza on the weekend of September 15 and 16 in 4 rounds of play.  54 total players competed.  The Mast Expert section was loaded with chess talent.  Jim Dean was crowned champ with a record of 3.4/4.  Nate Criss finished alone in second with a record of 3/4 and claimed the top expert prize.  Former State Champs in the field included Dean, Lester Van Meter, Mike Herron, Jim Mills and Andy Porter.  High rated player Mike Johnson (Ky) and Elton Cao (Oh) competed as well.  This section was loaded with great players!

In Class A, one of the rising stars of Indiana Chess, Braydon Povinelli took first place.
In Class B Gary Fox, Akash Bhowmik and Justin Smith finished tied for first place. Class C 
also ended in a tie with Bradley Back, Russell Stinson and Scott Pletka sharing the honor.  In Class D/E, Andrew Grismer finished at the top of the group.  Congrats to the champions!

The next tournament will be the Memorial on the NE side of Indy on December 1st.  More coming
soon on this tournament.  It will be a one day tournament.  

Indiana Quick Champion Crowned

September 15, 2018 


Indiana's Quick Champion was recently crowned at the Crowne Plaza in Indianpolis.  The
competition took place on Saturday, September 15.  In an intense evening, Keith Swedo survived alone at the top!
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MAY 13, 2017 2017 Late Spring Open - EVANSVILLE

4SS, G/70, d/10, St. Mark`s Lutheran Church, 2300 Washington Ave, Evansville, IN., 47714 EF: $25 (No checks/cards 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, cell 812-618-8700, email: Mrsci2740@hotmail.com, 1 bye if before Rd.2, NO last rd. byes, NS, NC, W.


Indiana State Chess Championship, 2017
Download PGN
 76 games, Members only

(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 entries.

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 future.

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 Median, Median.

The tournament Director was Terry Winchester (Evansville). The organizer was Indiana State Chess Association, led by President Gerald Roberts. Assisting Director was Roger Norris.

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 here.



May 20, 2017 ISCA Memorial – Indianapolis
4/SS, G/60 d10. Church of the Nativity, 7300 N. Lantern Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46256.

In 2 Sections: OPEN and U1800, EF: $40 by May 14, $60 cash/credit onsite. Prize fund: $1400 b/50. OPEN: 1st $300, 2nd $200, Top U2000 $100. U1800: 1st $250, 2nd $150, Top U1600 U1400 each $100. Special prizes: Top Senior (60+) and Scholastic in each section $50. Registration: 8:15-9:00. Rounds: 9:30AM, 12:30PM, 3:00, 6:00. Entries: Advance at indianachess.org or mail to Roger Norris, 2703 Wallace Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47802, email: rnorris@ma.rr.com, 812-878-6517. ISCA membership req'd, OSA, 1 bye if requested before Rd.2, NO LAST RD. BYES.

 

Feb 18, 2017 - Southern Indiana Open - Bloomington 4SS, G/60 d10. Holiday Inn, 1710 N. Kinser Pike, Bloomington, IN 47404. EF: $40 in Advance if by 2/15, $55 at site. Reg.: 8:15-9:00AM. Rds.: 9:30, 12:30, 3:00, 6:00. Prizes: $1100, b/40,1st $250, 2nd$170, A, B, C, D/E, each $100, $70. Entries in Advance at Indianachess.org or mail to (must be rcvd by 2/15). Craig Hines, 613 North Park Dr., Evansville, IN 47710. Email: Mrsci2740@hotmail.com, cell 812-618-8700, ISCA membership rqrd/OSA. 1 bye if claimed by RD. 2, NO LAST RD BYES, NO CREDIT CARDS AT SITE. W. REGISTER NOW

Feb. 18, 2017 – SCI Team Regional – Mt. Vernon - Scholastic Only - Information

February 25, 2017 - South Suburban Chess Wars XX (New U800 Division Added & $250.00 to Grand Champion) - Illinois

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 4 sections: U800, U1250, U1650 & Open (Limited to a Maximum Capacity of 50 players) USCF Membership is required. Memberships are available at site for an additional $5.00 processing fee or at www.USChess.org. 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 All players: $35.00 more on Tournament Day.
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.
Prizes: U800: Trophies 1st through 3rd place, ribbons 4th and 5th place. 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. Division Winners will vie for the “Monster” Grand Champion Trophy & Money! (Winner Take All, based on 20 or more players)
Special “Bounty Hunter Prizes”: 1. Prize, 2. Award, 3. $5.00, 4. $10.00
Farthest Distance Travelled: An Appreciation Prize will be Awarded (if 50 miles or more)
Grand Championship Tournament: All first place winners will vie for the “Monster” Grand Champion Trophy and $250.00- (Winner Take All) Grand Champion Runner Ups will also receive awards. (based on 20 or more players)
Special Bonus: If there are 40 or more players, free lunches will be provided!
Tie Breaks: Standard Tie Break System.
Registration: 1.Email- send Name, USCF#, Expiration Date, Phone Number and Rating to: osmithzz@yahoo.com 2. By phone: 708-333-4298 and leave the above information, and E-Mail . 3. Online at www.glenwoodchessclub.com)
Tournament Day Registration and Payments: 8-8:45am. Payments can be made by Cash or Check.
Concessions: Snacks and Refreshments will be available on site. Bottled Water and Donuts are Complimentary.
Tournament results are scheduled to be published in the ICA, 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

 

 

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - Glenwood Chess Club $10Tournament - Free Entry Fee for Club Members! - Illinois

$10 Tournament. Where: Glenwood Chess Club @ The Blakey Center.  Address: 1 South Rebecca Street Glenwood IL 60425 3 rounds G/45;d5.  EF free for Glenwood Chess Club members and $10.00 for non-members. Cash only at the door. USCF RATED Registration 9-9:45am 1st round 10am 2nd, 3rd, or ASAP. A 4thround could be added at the players’ request.  Please bring chess sets, clocks.  You may register for this event online and become a member at www.glenwoodchessclub.com. Any questions? Email: kennethwindmon@gmail.com

October 21-23, 2016

75TH ANNUAL INDIANA

STATE CHESS

CHAMPIONSHIP

Indianapolis

Special Prizes added:
a plaque in Open/Reserve
for top scoring Senior
(over 60, IN. resident only.
ISCA will stream live games
Sat/Sun on our website!!!
 
October 21-23, 2016 - 75TH ANNUAL INDIANA STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP - Indianapolis
$3,000 GUARANTEED - Grand Prix Points: 15 -  $3,000 GUARANTEED
5SS, G/120 d5 (3day), 2day Rd.1 G/60 d5. Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46214. Ph: 317-248-2481. HR: Wyndham sold out, book rooms nearby early; $$ 3,000(gtd) Open: 1st, $500+plaque (IN. res. only), $400, X $300, A $300; Reserve (Under1800): 1st $500+plaque (IN. res. only), $400, C $300, D/E $300. Special Prizes: a plaque in Open/Reserve to top scoring Senior (over 60, IN. Resident only) REG.: 3day-Fri. 5-6:30PM, 2day-Sat.8-9AM. Rds.: (3day) Rd.1, Fri. 7PM, Sat. 12:30, 6:00, Sun. 9:30, 4:00, (2day) Rd.1,Sat. 9:30 then merge. EF: $50 by 10/18, $65 at site, Reentry $25, player 13 yrs and younger $25 by 10/18, $35 at site. ISCA memb. Rqd, OSA, 1 bye if before Rd.2, NO LAST Rd REQUESTED BYES. ENTRIES: Indianachess.org OR Mail to: Craig Hines, 613 North Park Dr., Evansville, IN 47710, cell 812-618-8700. MEMBERSHIP MTG. SUNDAY AT 2:30. NO CREDIT CARDS AT SITE.


August 20, 2016 Owensboro August Open - Kentucky 4SS, G/70; d5, Horizon Place, 2220 E. 18th Street, Owensboro, KY 42303. EF: $25 (No checks at site). Reg: 8:30-9:15, 1st Rd 9:30, others ASAP. PF: (based on 14) 1st $105, A, B, C, U1400, each $52.50. ENT: Charles Jones, 1916 Sussex Pl., Owensboro, KY 42301. 270-683-5705, cell 270-316-8577. 1 bye if before round 2, NO last round byes. Email: chuckjones33@msn.com . NS, NC, W. Note: Directions: Follow 18th St. eastward STRAIGHT through the 4-way stop at Veach Rd. and take the next right into Horizon Place. Enter the last door on your right.
 
August 20, 2016 South Suburban Chess Wars XV (Chess Life Celebration Event) - Illinois 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. 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 www.USChess.org. 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 August 18th. 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. 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) Division Winners will vie for the Grand Championship Prize Trophy! Special “Bounty Hunter Prizes”: 1. Prize, 2. Award, 3. $5.00, 4. $10.00 Farthest Distance Travelled: An Appreciation Prize will be Awarded (if 50 miles or more) Cash Prize: $100.00 to the Grand Champion (if 30 or more total players) If 40 or more players, $200.00 will be awarded to the Grand Champion! Grand Champion 1st and 2nd Runner Ups will also receive awards. Tie Breaks: Standard Tie Break System. (For Trophy Prizes) Registration: 1.Email- send Name, USCF#, Expiration Date, Phone Number and Rating to: osmithzz@yahoo.com 2. By phone: 708-333-4298 and leave the above information, and E-Mail . 3. Online at www.glenwoodchessclub.com) 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
 
Sunday August 21, 2016 Glenwood Chess Club $10Tournament - Free Entry Fee for Club Members! $10 Tournament. Where: Glenwood Chess Club @ The Blakey Center. Address: 1 South Rebecca Street Glenwood IL 60425 3 rounds G/45;d5. EF free for Glenwood Chess Club members and $10.00 for non-members. Cash only at the door. USCF RATED Registration 9-9:45am 1st round 10am 2nd, 3rd, or ASAP. A 4round could be added at the players’ request. Please bring chess sets, clocks. You may register for this event online and become a member at www.glenwoodchessclub.com Any questions? Email:kennethwindmon@gmail.com
 
Road To The Open:
The following players have accepted the award to participate in the U.S. Open to be held in Indianapolis July 30-August 7, 2016. Congratulations, Good Luck, and a hearty "Play Well" to everyone.                      

    Josh Bousum, 2000
    Bernard Parham II, 1987
    Richard Arnold, 1759
    Shawn Marcum, 1509
 
 
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
 
 
 
 South Suburban Chess Wars XII
 
Mar 20, 2015. On March 20, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XII. A total of 30 players were in attendance.

However, in the experimental Non Rated Section, “Nobody” entered. But, not wishing to waste Pre Bought and Labeled Medals, Club President Ken Windmon and the article’s writer begged and pleaded for 2 happily content spectators to join the fracas, “dangling a free entry fee carrot, for full prizes, as an incentive!

Ralph Bielobradek, who brought his two sons and Joe Emole, a 1900 rated former Open Chess Wars Winner, who brought his first place U-1650 chess student with him, accepted the challenge. Emole blitzed the tournament organizer, and nabbed the 1st Bounty Hunter Prize, in the first round- while Windmon defeated Bielobradek. In the 2nd round of this Quad, Emole had a gracious heart and forfeited his match against Windmon, thus putting him (Windmon) in the “Catbird’s Position” to snatch the top prize. In a tough match, Bielobradek could not get past this Asst. TD.

In round 3, the 2 GCC staff members were due to do battle. However, Windmon, throwing his weight around as “Top Dog”, politely suggested that the organizer play Alex Ramirez, in a rated game, so that he would not be idle as he (Ramirez) received his full point by, for lack of an opponent. Ken added that our match would take place in the final round. Based solely on the stated facts- did this match occur.
Alex won this match and sent “his Henchman”, Eric Mendenhall, the eventual 3rd place winner in the U-1650 section, to emphasize that this match, unplanned or not, still met the guidelines of a “Bounty Hunter Match” (When a GCC member is “whupped” by a Non GCC player) Alex received the prize! It was all Windmon’s fault.

Eventually, in the 3rd  and final round, Windmon leading in material, but down on time offered a draw, which was accepted and the 2 staff members took 1st and 2nd place. Bielobradek and Emole rounded out 3rd and 4th place respectively.

In the U-1250 section, new to the club competitor, Lin Yuhan had 3.5 points to win first place. James Marchert Sr., Elkin Alvarez, Daniel Barack, and Margery Allen took 2nd through 5th place.

In the competitive U-1650 Division, Joe Emole’s student Patrick Kut with 3.5 points, took 1st place on a tiebreak. Ignace Bielobradek with the same 3.5 score took 2nd. Eric Menenhall, Zach Warsh, And Alex Ramirez, took 3rd through 5th place.

In the Open Division, Ryan Richardson took 1st with 3.0 points. Eric Luster, Marty Franek, Geber Bugia took 2nd through 4th all via tiebreaks with 2.5 scores. Kubat Gundogdu claimed 5th place. Note: Both Eric Luster and Geber had to leave the tournament early due to unexpected or obligation responsibilities!

This according to the participants- appeared to be another enjoyable event. However, today’s tourament was particularly meaningful to the Glenwood Chess Club.

Jorge Barrera, a Chess Life Photographer and writer was present to take photos for publication of a feature/article in a Future Chess Life Edition about the club.

We are very proud and grateful for this opportunity-as it proves that sometimes, a sincere concern to help others, less fortunate than ourselves is rewarded with a recognition that is “Humbly” and appreciatively accepted!

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

Submitted by Dr. Orlan Smith, PhD
 

 

Feb 13, 2016 Southern Indiana Open Bloomington, IN 

4SS, G/60 d10. Holiday Inn, 1710 N. Kinser Pike, Bloomington, IN 47404. EF: $40 in Advance, $55 at site. Reg.: 8:15-9:00AM, Rds.: 9:30, 12:30, 3:00, 6:00. Prizes: $1080, b/40, 1st $250, 2nd $170, A, B, C, D/E, each $100, $65. Entries in Advance at: Indianachess.org or mail to Craig Hines, 613 North Park Dr., Evansville, IN 47710, email: Mrsci2740@hotmail.com. ph# 812-423-2996812-423-2996, cell 812-618-8700812-618-8700, ISCA membership rqrd/OSA, 1 bye if before RD. 2, NO LAST RD. BYES. W, NS, NC  SATURDAY REGISTRATION AT SITE
 
 
       

72 at 74th State Championship!

 

Open and Reserve Champions both from Southern Indiana!

By Craig Hines

---Words from the Champion--- Let’s be honest: there’s always a certain element of luck in winning a championship chess tournament. Mostly, however, it’s a matter of hard work and determination. I am grateful for my friends and family who have encouraged me and helped me along the way, and for the many fellow Hoosier chess players with whom I thoroughly enjoy our friendly rivalries. We really do make each other stronger players and better people.

I especially want to thank four people: my wife, Melissa, without whose support I would never have been able to devote the necessary time and energy to achieve this life goal; my father, Richard, who taught me to play chess as a child and instilled in me a love for the game; my high school coach, the late Steve Dillard, who pushed me to greater heights; and most recently, to my friend and coach, Life Master and six-time Indiana Champion Dennis Gogel, who shared with me from his deep reservoir of knowledge and experience and opened my mind to many revelatory insights about chess and competition that I cannot imagine I could have learned except from his earnest willingness to help me improve. I am grateful to all of you!
 
 

 

Nov. 10, 2015. The 74th Indiana State Chess Championship was held in Indianapolis Nov. 6-8. We had 30 players in the Open and 42 in the Reserve.

 

This is the 1st State Championship that I have run and I was very pleased with the way things went and so was my assistant TD Terry Winchester (Senior TD), who is our new Web Editor by the way, elected at this year`s membership meeting held after the 4th Rd. on Sunday. Other officers elected were Craig Hines, Pres., Matt Leach, VP, Roger Blaine, Sec., Roger Norris, Memb. Dir., Ben Pitchkites, Treas., Gordon Simons, Historian and Gerry Roberts, Director-at-Large.

 

The Open section was won by Candidate master Andy Porter of Jeffersonville, who scored 4.5/5. Andy is a tremendous representative for Indiana chess. Congratulations Andy!

 

 
Andy Porter

 

2nd  was Master Chao Zhang with 4/5.

 

Chao Zhang
 

Splitting the 3rd place money were Christopher Shen (Ohio), Jim Mills, John Leighton (a new Hoosier) and Steffen Thieme. Glen Snow got U2000 money.

 

The Reserve section was won by Evan Spiegel of Bloomington with 4.5/5 also.

 

Evan Spiegel
 

2nd place went to Roger Blaine, Kevin Taylor and Daniel Rickert who won 2nd, U1700 and U1500 money.

 
Roger Blaine, Kevin Taylor and Daniel Rickert
 
 

U1300 prize went to Scott Pletka, Ted Swogger and Brian Kolas.

 
Scott Pletka, Ted Swogger and Brian Kolas
 

Check Indianachess.org for the details of our next tnmt, the Deadwood Chess Club Open on Dec.5th.

 

Thanks to everyone who came!

 

Chief TD/Pres.,

Craig Hines

 
 
To all Indiana chess players!. I hope to see many of you at the 32nd Class Champs in Indy Aug.1-2. We have 20 something advance entries so far. This tnmt launches a STRING of ISCA tnmts we will have the rest of the year. There is no ISCA tnmt in September, but ISCA Membership Director Mat Leach will have the South Bend Chess Club tnmt on Sept 12th. Then  on October 4th the Indiana State Team Championships will be held in Terre Haute. Grab 3 friends and form a team! There will be 2 sections and these things are always a lot of fun. ISCA is supporting this tnmt with $500  more in prizes! On November 6-8, the State Championships will also be in Indy. We have been able to increase the Prize Fund for the Class and the State tnmts because donations have paid for the site rental for both tnmts. I have just sent to Board Members a proposal that Bob Banta from the Deadwood Chess Club in Indy and I worked up to have another ISCA tnmt Dec. 5th at the Church of the Nativity on Lantern Rd. in Indy also, the Deadwood Chess Club Open. Bob is paying for the site rental/expenses which means we can increase the money for prizes. This has not been approved by the Board yet, however.
 
I hope you will decide to play in several if not all of these upcoming tnmts. As former Mayor Benjamin Bosse of Evamsville said "When everybody boosts, everybody wins!"
Craig



Earlier News and Articles
 

Candidate Master Andy Porter Goes 4-0 at Evansville Mid-Summer Open

By Craig Hines

August 17, 2013 Andy Porter`s rating now stands at 2160 after besting the 21 player field. We are still beating our based on 16 number in Evansville and averaging 20 players a tournament. Andy had some close calls in his games but none more closer and tenser than his last round encounter with fellow Expert Justin Arnold. Here is the game.

 
 
White: Justin Arnold
Black: Andy Porter

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. e3 axb5 6. Bxb5 Qa5+ 7. Nc3 Ba6 8. Bxa6 Nxa6 9. Nf3 g6 10. O-O Bg7 11. e4 Ng4 12. Ng5 Ne5 13. d6 e6 14. f4 Nc4 15. f5 Bd4+ 16. Kh1 Nxd6 17. Qf3 O-O-O 18. e5 Bxe5 19. Bd2 Qc7 20. Qa8+ Nb8 21. Nxf7 Nxf7 22. Nb5 Qb6 23. a4 d5 24. Ba5 Qa6 25. Na7+ Kd726. fxg6 Nd6 27. Bxd8 Rxd8 28. gxh7 Bxb2 29. Rab1 Bd4 30. h3 Nc6 31. Qxc6+ Qxc632. Nxc6 Kxc6 33. a5 Nf5 34. Rb6+ Kd7 35. Rfb1 Ng3+ 36. Kh2 Be5 37. Rb7+ Ke838. h8=Q+ Bxh8 39. Kxg3 Be5+ 40. Kf3 Ra8 41. R1b5 c4 *and white flagged in a few moves.

Dale Pollitt took the A money with Bill Brooks, Scot Campbell and Terry Fathauer splitting the B money.

Class C dollars went to David Milliern and class D dollars went to Ritik Shah and Ankush Dhawan.

Come to Evansville October 10th for the Evansville National Chess Day Open!


  
 
GREAT TURNOUT for CLASS TOURAMENT!

(3 GENERATIONS of THE HERRON FAMILY PLAY)


Dr. Arthur Galstian, Andy Porter, Mile Herron, Jay Carr, Karthikey PounrajAugust 8, 2015. A total of 60 players showed up for the 2015 Indiana Class Championships Aug. 1-2 in Indianapolis. We had 48 in the M/X,A,B/C,D classes and 12 in E class tnmt on Saturday only. Counting each of these has half an entry we had 54 players virtually. With a "based on 50" Prize Fund we were able to pay the advertised Prize Fund.
Dr. Arthur Galstian,Andy Porter,
Mike Herron, Jay Carr,
Karthikey Pounraj

I was advised early in the tnmt that we had 3 generations of the Herron family, Mike, David and Ben Foley playing in the tnmt so I announced that before Rd. 2 and they got an ovation. More about Ben`s tnmt later. Mike tied for 2nd in M/X class along with five others.

 

In M/X, Dennis Monokroussos was nicked for a draw by young Ricky Wang,1983, of Illinois in Rd. 2 but won the rest to take 1st with 3.5/4.

Dennis Geisleman with 3.5/4 took 1st in Class A.
 
Dennis Monokroussos
   Dennis Geiselman

In B/C combined section, 3 players, Atharva Vispute (from Colorado), John Wortinger and Dick Arnold tied for 1st . Wortinger and Arnold are Co-Champs.
 
The top C players and Co-Champions were James Ramp and our own ISCA Treasurer Ben Pitchkites. Ben also won the Upset Prize donated by Kem Templeton for beating Phil Meyers 251 pts above him.
 
Dick Arnold, Atharva Vispute,
John Wirtinger.

  James Ramp and Ben Pitchkites

Now, about Ben Foley, as the LOWEST rated player in Class D he got the Bye in Rd. 1 then proceeded to win 3 in a row to take the D title with 4-0!! Amazing.

Class E was also won  4-0  by John Illg, the HIGHEST rated in E. young lad, Ben Webb, was 2nd in Class D

 
 
Ben Foley Ben Webb
 

 

August 15, 2015  Evansville Mid-Summer Open - Evansville

4SS, G/70, d/10, St. Mark`s Lutheran Church, 2300 Washington Ave, Evansville, IN., 47714 EF: $25 (No checks at site),

 

Reg: 8:45-9:15, 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- 2996812-423- 2996, cell 812-618-8700812-618-8700, email: Mrsci2740@hotmail.com,
1 bye if before Rd .2, NO last rd. byes, NS, NC, W.
 
A Message From The President

craigphoto
To all Indiana chess players!. I hope to see many of you at the 32nd Class Champs in Indy Aug.1-2. We have 20 something advance entries so far. This tnmt launches a STRING of ISCA tnmts we will have the rest of the year. There is no ISCA tnmt in September, but ISCA Membership Director Mat Leach will have the South Bend Chess Club tnmt on Sept 12th. Then on October 4th the Indiana State Team Championships will be held in Terre Haute. Grab 3 friends and form a team! There will be 2 sections and these things are always a lot of fun. ISCA is supporting this tnmt with $500  more in prizes! On November 6-8, the State Championships will also be in Indy. We have been able to increase the Prize Fund for the Class and the State tnmts because donations have paid for the site rental for both tnmts. I have just sent to Board Members a proposal that Bob Banta from the Deadwood Chess Club in Indy and I worked up to have another ISCA tnmt Dec. 5th at the Church of the Nativity on Lantern Rd. in Indy also, the Deadwood Chess Club Open. Bob is paying for the site rental/expenses which means we can increase the money for prizes. This has not been approved by the Board yet, however.
 
I hope you will decide to play in several if not all of these upcoming tnmts. As former Mayor Benjamin Bosse of Evamsville said "When everybody boosts, everybody wins!"
 
Craig


 

COLE PERFECT IN SINGLE BLITZ
By Roger Blaine


June 25, 2015.  John Cole zapped all opposition, running up an 11-0 score in the South Bend Chess Club's 5-minute tournament on Thursday, June 18, 2015.  There was a "wing-ding" attendance of 12, and not enough time for the typical double round robin, so we settled for a single game with each opponent.

Tournament Director Mat Leach and his close rival Les Kistler tied for second at 9-2, just ahead of "good old" Harold Henderson, 8.5, who doesn't play very often but refuses to get rusty.
 

1. JOHN COLE 11
  • S.B.C.C. for fun Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. at the Meijer store, 5020 Grape Rd., Mishawaka.
    Typically a free tournament around 7:30 or so.


  • Casual chess at a fun place Mondays, 6-9 p.m., at the Chicory Café, 105 E. Jefferson at Michigan St., downtown South Bend.
2-3. Mat Leach 9
2-3. Les Kistler 9
4. Harold Henderson 8.5
5. Tom Langhofer 5.5
6-7. Vern Cloud   5
6-7. Logan Cross 5
8-9. Mike Timmons 4
8-9. Mike Day   4
10. Roger Blaine   3
11-12. Brooks Chupp 1
11-12. Eddie Camp 1


EXPERTS TIE FOR 1st.
By Craig Hines

June 22, 2015. Andy Porter, 2025, and Mike Thomas, 2010, tied for 1st in the 2015 Evansville Summer Open which drew 26 players. They both were nicked for draws, Andy in Rd. 3 by Tony Golike, 1802, Tell City, and Mike in Rd. 2 by Marquis Quinn, 1718. In the end though they beat their opponents in the last Rd. to tie for first.

Dale Pollitt took the "A" prize at 3-1. Mark Colvin and William Brooks tied for the "B" money at 3-1 also. The "C" money went to Scott Campbell who recently moved to Evansville from Louisiana and whose 1552 rating was 12-15 yrs. old. "D/E" money went to Art Morris, Tell City, and Mike Hoover who came up with Ian Northrup from Clarksville, TN.

Next tnmt in Evansville will be August 15, 2015, the 2015 Evansville Mid-Summer Open.
 
We are consistently drawing more than our based on number, so plan on joining the chess action in Evansville in August!!





MILLS TOPS MEMORIAL
 

June 8, 2015. Indiana Master Jim Mills scored 3.5/4 to win the 2015 Indiana Memorial. The 18 player field was top heavy with 5 Experts. Jim was very happy to see the tnmt site because it is only a few blocks from his house! Andy Porter, Nate Criss, Josh Bousum, and Mat Leach finished 3/4 to split the 2nd place prize.

 

 

Many players told Roger Norris (Chief TD) and me they liked the site (Nativity Church on Lantern Rd.) and ISCA plans to have more tnmts there in the future. Plenty of parking in a quiet neighborhood!

 

 

Steve Steppe, Larry Boswell and Dalton Thompson tallied 3.5/4 to win the Reserve section of 24 players. Nathan Runda (1165) got the Upset prize in the Reserve section by defeating Shawn Marcum (1443). Monte Rose (1545) beat Dr. Galstian (1959) to win the Upset prize in the top section

 

 

Craig Hines,
ISCA President



Congratulations to Sean Vibbert of Evansville for earning his 2nd International Master norm at the Chicago Open.  A key game for Sean is featured on the USCF website near the middle of the page where he defeats GM Alonso Zapata with the black pieces.
 

    Return of the King

  April 11, 2015. By Craig Hines.Dennis Gogel, USCF Life Master and 6 time Indiana State Chess Champ returned to tnmt play at the Evansville Spring Open on April 11th. He said the tnmt was a test to see if he could play all day while quitting smoking (7 months in). Well, he went 4-0 to take 1st place and   said he didn`t seem effected by not smoking.

  

  I have known Dennis for 40 plus years and have never met a more humble, honest and willing to help you with chess guy.

 
The tnmt had 18 players and in the end other prizes went to Andy Porter (left, in picture), top "A", Jeremy Craft and Tony Golike split top "B", Jeff Swan got top"C" and Nazir Karzay, James Ballard (Louisville) and Rich Weaver split top "D". I based prize fund on 16 so we were able to pay that and some more. Next tnmt in Evansville will be June 20th, the Evansville Summer Open. Check the ISCA website and the USCF on-line listing for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATED:  5/27/2020