Coming soon! Details on the
Memorial. Mark Calendars
for Saturday December 1st!
Upcoming Events Summary
(Complete Details Here)
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!
Membership Meeting Minutes!!!
I.S.C.A. Annual Membership Meeting , April 22, 2018
Craig Hines, Secretary
The Annual General Membership Meeting of the Indiana of the Indiana State Chess Association was held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Indianapolis , site of the 77th State Championship.
President Gerry Roberts called the meeting to order at 2:47 P.M.
In attendance were President Gerry Roberts, Vice President Mat Leach, Secretary Craig Hines, Treasurer Ben Pitchkites, Membership Director Roger Norris, Historian Roger Blaine and Member at Large Gordon Simons. Other members present: Cliff Aker, Dick Arnold, Dominic Bonta, Joshua Bousum, John Fallon, Gary Fox, Dennis Geiselman, Noah Lewis, Shawn Marcum, Phillip Meyers, Bernard Parham, Scott Pletka, Scott Reisinger, John Roush, David Stader, Russel Stinson, Arthur Wake and Donald Winslow.
Pres: Roberts said that we lost money on the State Tnmt in Oct., 2017 and at the Master and Generation Tnmt in Dec., 2017 but, made money at the Southern Indiana Open/Reserve in Feb., 2018 that made up much of the losses. He also went over the tnmt schedule for the rest of the year. Namely the Northern Indiana Open in June and the Class tnmt in late summer(TBD).
Treas: Pitchkites went over the financial statement(handed out to everyone) that showed a small gain since the last statement and left us with $10,991. John Roussh asked what is covered by the insurance cost listed in the statement. Gerry responded that it was liability insurance to protect ISCA in case we are sued by anyone at one of our tnmts. Leach added that sites often say we must have that to rent a site.
Memb. Dir.: Norris said that we have 141 active members(not including any taken in at this tnmt). We have averaged between 140 and 160 members in the last several years. Roberts added that we no longer require membership in ISCA to play in ISCA tnmts and that was common for State affiliates like ours. A finacial entity like ours also needs to make most of their revenue from members.
There were no other reports.
Old Business: NONE.
Hall of Fame nominations: Roberts went over the requirements for a nomination(in By Laws) and then read the nomination statement he had written for Joe Reigsecker.
Motion 1. Roberts moved to vote Joe into the Hall of Fame. Blaine seconded. Passed by acclamation. Roger Blaine will get the plaque.
Roberts then went through the proposed revisions to the By Laws.
Motion 2. Roberts moved to amend the By Laws as presented. Leach seconded. Passed by acclamation.
Motion 3. Stinson moved to have a 30/90, 30SD, d5 for the State Championship(all sections) time control. Roush seconded. Amended to take under advisement by Board. Motion FAILED 8-9.
Motion 4. Stinson moved that we have an ISCA Womens Championship section of the State Championship. Roush seconded. Amended to take under advisement by Board. Motion PASSED, 11-9.
President: Mat Leach, by acclamation.
Vice President: Gary Fox(20 votes), Russel Stinson,(1 vote).
Secretary: Craig Hines, by acclamation.
Treasurer: Ben Pitchkites, by acclamation.
Membership Director: Shawn Marcum, by acclamation.
Editor: Roger Norris, by acclamation.
Historian: Roger Blaine, by acclamation.
Member at large, Gordon Simons, by acclamation.
MEETING ADJOURNED at 4:04 P.M.
State Champs Crowned
Friday April 20 through Sunday April 22 featured the great chess of the 2018 Indiana State Chess Association State Championship. There were 34 players competing in the open. The reserves had 47 players.
The top spot for Indiana players in the open was shared among 4 players with 3.5/5. Jim Mills is the 2018 state champion (4th time!) by tie breaking procedures outline in the ISCA By Laws. Keith Belton was the top A player.
The top three scores in the Open were players from out of state. William Sedlar won the section with 5/5. Michael Care and Merrick Zheng split second with records of 4/5.
The reserve crowned co champions of Grant Mu and Gary Fox with scores of 4.5/5. Mithrian Periassamy took home the Class C prize with 4/5. Joseph Cross and Ayden Huang shared the top class D prize with records of 3.5/5.
Reid Hanway returned to competitive chess after some years away and won 6/7 to become our Blitz Champion for 2018. Welcome back Reid!
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:
Member at Large
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 indianachess.org 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: $$3,000(b/80) Open: 1st, $500+plaque (plaque - IN. res. only), $400, Top X, A $300ea.; Reserve: 1st $500+plaque (plaque - IN. res. only), $400, Top C, D/Under $300ea. REG.: 3day Fri.6-6:30PM, 2day Sat.8:30-9:30AM. ROUNDS: 3day Rd.1 Fri. 7PM, Sat.10, 4, Sun. 9:30, 4; 2day Sat. 9, 12:30 then merge, 1/2pt bye available Rd. 1-4, request before Rd. 2. Top bd. per section broadcast live at indianachess.org. EF: $55 by 4/13, $70 onsite, Reentry $25, player 13yrs and under $30 by 4/13, $45 onsite, $5 discount to ISCA members. ENTRIES: indianachess.org OR Mail to: Mathew Leach, 4010 Parkwood Circle, Apt. 2A, Mishawaka, IN 46545. ISCA MEMBERSHIP MTG: Sun. 2:30PM.
APR. 21 Indiana State Blitz Championship (BLZ)
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 S. High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46241. 7/SS, G/3+2s incr. PRIZES: $$600 (b/32), $200, $100, U2000, U1700, U1400 $100 ea. EF: $25 by 4/13 at indianachess.org 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.
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.
RECORD 69 PLAYERS FOR THE SOUTHERN INDIANA OPEN/RESERVE!
IM RON BURNETT GOES 4-0.
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
AIDAN TOPS SB QUICK TOURNEY
(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,
PGN 76 games, Members
(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
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
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
The tournament Director was Terry
Winchester (Evansville). The organizer
was Indiana State Chess Association,
led by President Gerald Roberts.
Assisting Director was Roger
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
State Team Champions
Nd4: Mike Herron, Nate Criss,
Jay Carr, Glenn Snow (2016)