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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

Upcoming Events Summary
(Complete Details Here)

Selected Games from the Championships

Minutes of 2017 Membership Meeting Posted
Board of Directors Proceedings

State Team Champions

April 28, 2018 
2018 Owensboro April Open


May 12, 2018
2018 Late Spring Open

Jun 2-3, 2018

2018 Kentucky Open
Louisville, KY

June 9, 2018 
Northern In Open
Elkhart, IN

April 2018 to April 2019 Board Elected at State Champs
Play at the state championships has concluded, the TD is working on the tournament summary to be posted soon.

During the annual membership meeting, elections occurred for the officer slate for the coming year.  The results:

Mat Leach
 VP Gary Fox
Secretary Craig Hines
Treasurer Ben Pitchkites
Membership Shawn Marcum
Historian Roger Blaine
Editor Roger Norris
Member at Large   Gordon Simons

Greatest appreciation are expressed to exiting officers Gerry Roberts and Terry Winchester for their leadership and contributions the past few years!

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 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 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: 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 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.


Gerry Roberts
ISCA President

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.




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



(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.

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.
Read more.

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.


2017 ISCA Clas

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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 (2016)


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