South Suburban XI (Glenwood, IL)
South Suburban Chess Wars X Results
Southern Indiana Open 2016
South Suburban Chess Wars XII
Owensboro February Open (Kentucky)
Evansville Winter Open 2016
Deadwood Open Results
News Update Nov 18, 2015
Games from Around the State
2016 Scholastic Individual Regional
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
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
Byrne 2nd article
2018 ISCA Memorial 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!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see everyone at the Southern Indiana Open, Feb. 9, 2019 in Bloomington!
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!
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
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(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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com