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Indiana's Top Players

Mike Herron
State Co-Champion

Alex Cibotarica
State Co-Champion

Stephen Sims
Reserve Champion

John Cole
Blitz Champion
Mike Herron
Nikhil Datar
Class A
Bill Qian
Class B

Justin Smith
Class C

Stephen Sims
Class D

James Mills

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2016 Team Champions

Jan. 13, 2018 
SCI Individual Regionals
(multiple locations)

Jan. 13, 2018 
Checkmate Hunger
Warsaw, IN

Jan. 13, 2018 
Toledo Swiss
Toledo, OH

January 27, 2018 DATE CHANGE

2018 Winter Open

Feb. 10, 2018 
Southern Indiana Open
Bloomington, IN

Feb. 16-18, 2018 
US Amateur Team North
Schaumburg, IL

Feb. 17 and 24, 2018 
SCI Team Regionals
(multiple locations)

February 17, 2018
2018 Owensboro February Open
Owensboro, KY

April 20-22, 2018 
77th Indiana State Championships
Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Chess Newsletter

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 (Gerry Roberts).
Fresh 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 Championships.
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Indiana State Chess Championship, 2017
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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.

Indiana Chess Newsletter
October 5, 2017. The leaves are changing color and the weather is finally cooling, which can only mean one thing: chess season is in full swing! With more rated events in the state through the end of the year than there are weeks remaining, players of all ages can find something on the tournament calendar to their liking. While many of the old favorites return for another year (e.g, Bethany Christian, Pike Scholastic, Bloomington Winter), there are also plenty of newcomers to the schedule worth getting excited about (e.g., Bremen Public Library, Greenfield Quick). But perhaps best of all, the next eight weeks will see the crowning of at least 17 new state champions! Do you have what it takes to become one of them? Read more.

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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