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Here is a listing of the tournaments around the State, *and other tournaments that may present a scheduling conflict for our organizers that we know about. If you wish to have your tournament advertised here, please send an email to me, or by by clicking the link below.

* List has been updated to provide Indiana organizers who are planning events with possible conflicting dates.

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(... and the First SUNDAY of Even Numbered Months).
Wabash Chess Tourney - Wabash, Indiana (this event will always be the 1st Sunday of even numbered months).
The Access Youth Center, 74 West Canal Street, Wabash,  IN 46992  3-rounds; G/:85 (with 5-sec. delay); USCF Membership required; Quads (or mini swiss); brief check-in at 9:30; Rounds at 10, 12:45, 3:30 SHARP (also join us for Quads on other even numbered months, Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec.); EF $25 (includes coffee & donuts, lunch, drinks & snacks); 75% of entry fee goes to prize fund, the rest goes to feed you, as there is not a nearby restaurant. You MUST enter in advance - by the Friday before the tourney, please as I need to plan for food quantities, and also I do some recruiting if we have odd numbers. This event may be coupled with a few amateurs playing skittles in the afternoon. Send entries to Terry LeMaster 35 E Market St, Wabash, In 46992, email, cell: 260-571-7802 (Call or Text).
UPDATED 8/9/2017

Sept. 2-4 or 3-4, 2017 - 2017 Illinois Open State Championship
An Illinois Chess Tour Event.

$10,000 Guaranteed! $9,400 tournament prize fund plus $600 in door prizes for ICA members!

Site: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062. Hotel phone for accommodation bookings ONLY: (847) 298-2525; Hotel booking:, $94 room rate if reserved early with Group Code ILL. Hotel Food Deal: Free hot breakfast buffet for guests. 25% discount at Willows Restaurant to all tournament participants.

Sections: Open (open to all) and Reserve (Under 1800 or unrated). Both sections FIDE Rated - FIDE Laws of Chess will be followed.


  • 3-day option — Sept 2-4, G/90+30, Sat. & Sun. 12 noon & 6 p.m., Mon. 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
  • 2-day option (ideal for those wanting to play in Saturday night’s Illinois Blitz Championship) — Sept. 3-4, rds. 1-3 G/45 d5, then merge with 3-day at rd. 4. Sun. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., Mon. 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

1/2-point byes (maximum two) OK all rounds, must commit by end of round 2; round 6 byes may not be rescinded after round 2.

Prizes: $9,400 unconditionally guaranteed!

  • Open Section: $1,500-900-450-260-150; Under 2400 $480-230-120; Under 2200 $460-220-110; Under 2000 $450-210-100.
  • Reserve (Under 1800) Section: $900-500-225-140-105; Under 1600 $360-180-120; Under 1400 $350-170-110; Under 1200 $340-160-100.

Unrated players qualify for top prizes only.

$600 in door prizes! Amazon gift cards given to randomly drawn ICA members in rounds 4-6.

Entry Fee:

  • $97 USPS postmarked by 8/11 and on-line by 7 p.m. on 8/11
  • $117 USPS postmarked after 8/11 (must be received by 8/25);
  • Online by 6 p.m. on 9/1 for 3-day schedule;
  • Online by 6 p.m. on 9/2 for 2-day schedule.
  • On-site registration: $135, 10-11:30 a.m. Sat., 9-10:30 a.m. Sun.
  • Entries after cutoff receive ½-point byes for round 1.
  • Reentries for $50 with appropriate byes.

$5 discount for ICA members (annual dues $15 regular, $10 scholastic— join at

$20 extra to play in Open Section with rating of 1799 and below.

Free entry to Illinois GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs, WFMs.

Register at or mail checks postmarked by 8/11 to Illinois Chess Association, PO Box 4521, Skokie, IL 60077-4521. No phone entries. Re-entries $50 with appropriate byes.

Active US Chess membership is required, discounted memberships for scholastic (K-12) may be available. Contact No additional FIDE membership required.

Boards, sets, and clocks provided by The Illinois Chess Association. All special rules, details, and tournament conditions subject to change without notice; changes will be posted ASAP at the  site & online.

Questions? Email

Side Events:

One-day Scholastic side event on Saturday daytime, 9/2, details and registration at

Illinois Blitz Championship on Saturday evening, 9/2, details and registration at

Not all web pages may be active until 7/20/17 – please check back.

The Illinois Chess Association has a 56-year history as a federally-recognized 
501 c3 non-profit and is the Illinois affiliate of US Chess (the USCF). 
Want to get involved in Illinois chess?  Contact

Summary of differences between FIDE Laws of Chess and US Chess Federation rules:

FIDE Laws of Chess:

September 9, 2017, St. Joseph Grade School Chess Tournament, South Bend
Open to adults and kids.The Ackles Center across the street from St. Joseph Grade School in South Bend (711 E Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46617). Time: round 1 at 9am (doors open at 8:30am; players meeting at 8:50am); all rounds as soon as possible after that. Three USCF rated sections: 1) U500: 5SS, G25 d5; 2) U1000: 4SS, G40 d5; 3) Open: 3SS, G55 d5. Prizes: trophies for top finishers of the lower sections; open section winner and runner up will split 60% of open section sign-up fees ($40/$20 based upon 10 registrants). Entry fee: $10, to be payed on-site by cash or check. Snacks and pizza lunch included. Registration deadline is Thursday, Sept 9. Further details and registration here. Early entries posted here. All questions should be directed to Todd Walatka (

September 16, 2017 2017 Fall 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,, 1 bye if before Rd.2, NO last rd. byes, NS,NC,W.

Oct 20 - 22, 2017 76th Annual Indiana State Chess Championship, Indianapolis

5/SS, G/120 d5 (3day), 2day Rd.1 G/60 d5. Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 S. High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46241. Ph: 317-244-6861. HR: $109 by 9/15. $$ 3,000(grntd) Open: 1st, $500+plaque (IN.res.only), $400, X $300, A $300; Reserve(U1800): 1st $500+plaque (IN.res.only), $400, C $300, D/Under $300. UNR may only win overall place prizes. REG.: 3day Fri.6-6:30PM, 2day Sat.8-8:30AM. Rds: 3day Rd.1 Fri. 7PM, Sat.11:30, 4:30, Sun. 10:00, 4:00; 2day Rd.1 Sat. 9AM then merge. Top bd. in each section broadcast live at EF: $50 by 10/13, $65 onsite, Reentry $25, player 13 yrs and under $25 by 10/18, $40 onsite, ISCA memb. reqd, OSA. 1 bye if before Rd.2, NO LAST BYES. ENTRIES: OR Mail to: Gerry Roberts, 700 S. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46516. MEMBERSHIP MTG. SUNDAY AT 2:30. Side Events: Indiana State Blitz Championship will be held Sat. night 10/21, see TLA.

Oct 21, 2017 Indiana State Blitz Championship, Indianapolis

5/SS, double rounds, G/5 d0. Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 S. High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46241. Prizes: $$500(grntd), $200, $100, U1800 $100, U1400 $100. Round 1 will begin at 9PM. EF: $20 by 10/13 at OR Mail to: Gerry Roberts, 700 S. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46516, $25 onsite before 8:30PM. ISCA memb. reqd, OSA.