Upcoming Tournaments

The most complete and detailed listing of Scholastic and Youth tournaments in Illinois, including some that are nearby, can be found on the Events Page of the Illinois Chess Association (ICA): http://il-chess.org/index.php/all-events.  I’ve listed below some of special interest to our Highland Park families.  Details on these events, as well as many others, appear on the above site.  “Unrated” means unrated by the U.S. Chess Federation.  Local rating systems are often employed to assist in pairing players.

Highland Park Scholastics

These tournaments are the most popular for Highland Park families, as they are local, relatively informal, and inexpensive ($10).  Normal attendance is approximately 100.  This year’s dates:

Dec 5 — Highland Park High School

Feb 6 — Edgewood Middle School

Apr 16 — Northwood Middle School

Illinois State Championships

These are the two major events on the Illinois scholastic calendar.  We recommend them for stronger and more enthusiastic players.  Attendance is normally 400-800.  The events are:

Illinois All Grade — Saturday, November 7, 2015, Peoria (kids in grades K-8 play against others in their grade only; HS sections will depend on signups)

Illinois K-8 — March 11-13, 2016, Schaumburg (usually the biggest K-8 youth event of the year; kids play in grade groups)

Tournaments Run by the Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago

YCFC runs six free unrated tournaments in Chicago each year, usually attended by 200-400 players. Most participants attend Chicago public schools, but others attend Catholic and private schools in the city, and recent years have seen an increase in the number of suburban players.  YCFC has been a leader in youth chess in Chicago for many years.

2015-16 Tournament Schedule

November 14                   Earle STEM Elementary School,  2040 W. 62nd Street (6200 S)

December 19                   De La Salle Institute / St. Columbanus, 3434 S. Michigan (100 E)

January 16                      Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Academy, 250 E. 111th Street (11100 S)

February 20                     Rickover Naval Academy, 5900 N. Glenwood (1400 W)

April 9

May 14                            Burbank Elementary School, 2035 N. Mobile (6300 W)

For more information on YCFC events or to be added to their email list, write Mike Cardinale at accounting@apartmentpeople.com