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Indiana's Top Players

2019 State Champ
2019 Blitz Champ

Aydin Turgut

2019 Reserve Champ

Akarsu Celik

2019 Quick Champ
Braydon Povinelli

2019 Class M/X
James Cates
2019 Class A
Bernard Parham II
Ruoxiao Xia
Brian Benson

2019 Class B
John Herr

2019 Class C
Alex Cheng
2019 Class D/U
Travis Daniel

2019 Senior
James Mills

Upcoming Events Summary
(Complete Details Here)

June 27,2020
Northern Indiana Open

July24-26 2020
Indiana State Championship

July 25, 2020
Indiana State Blitz Championship




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Fundementals of Chess 1

Fundamentals of Chess 2

Fumdamentals of Chess 3

Learning from Fischer

Modern Attackimg Chess

Lookat the Endgame

Judgement and planning


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Upcoming Events

June 27, 2020
Northern Indiana Open
Kokomo, Indiana

IN State Championship 
POSTPONED until July 24-26

Results of 2020 Southern Indiana Open

Rating Report

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!


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

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

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 and4th 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

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


Class Champions Crowned!  

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

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!

State Team Champions

  Nd4: Mike Herron, Nate Criss, Jay Carr, Glenn Snow (2016)


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