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Indiana Chess Newsletter. *Published on 10/05/2017 by Gerry Roberts

The leaves are changing color and the weather is finally cooling, which can only mean one thing: chess season is in full swing!  With more rated events in the state through the end of the year than there are weeks remaining, players of all ages can find something on the tournament calendar to their liking.  While many of the old favorites return for another year (e.g, Bethany Christian, Pike Scholastic, Bloomington Winter), there are also plenty of newcomers to the schedule worth getting excited about (e.g., Bremen Public Library, Greenfield Quick).  But perhaps best of all, the next eight weeks will see the crowning of at least 17 new state champions!  Do you have what it takes to become one of them?

First, the ISCA State Championships (October 20-22, Indianapolis) will not only determine our state champion and reserve champions, but also an official blitz champion.  Then, the SCI State Grade Championships (November 4, Fort Wayne) will determine scholastic bragging rights for the next year as each grade K through 12 will decide a champion.  And last, but certainly not least, the Indiana State Masters/Generations Tournament (December 2-3, Columbus) returns for the first time this decade to name a state senior champion, while the Masters Invitational and Amateur sections of that event will provide plenty of excitement for the rest of us.

In this edition, relive all the events since the Indianapolis Open in August through the inaugural Kentuckiana Chess Tournament held in late September, and discover what the tournament calendar has to offer in the coming months.

I. Tournament Recaps
12th Annual Indianapolis Open – August 25-27
The Continental Chess Association’s Indianapolis Open returned to the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel this year, attracting 177 players from across the Midwest.  In the Open section, four out-of-state players shared first place honors and prizes after scoring 4/5.  On their heels half a point behind, though, were Lester Van Meter and Glenn Snow, neither of whom lost a game.  Also with a notable performance was Bernard Parham, whose notorious style gave him the only win in the tournament over any of the top-four finishers.  In the U2000 section, though, Indiana players really proved their mettle by nabbing the top two overall spots.  Both Dennis Geisleman and Nathaniel Criss finished with 4.5/5 after each defeating a fellow Hoosier in the final round.  In the U1600 section, Mithran Periassamy finished tied for 2nd place after posting a 4/5 performance and losing only to the eventual winner.  And in the U1200 section, provisionally-rated Indiana player Noah Lewis impressed with the only perfect score of the event, gaining 135 rating points in the process.  The full results of the tournament can be seen at

Held concurrently with the Indianapolis Open was a blitz tournament sporting four double rounds.  No Indiana player scored more than 50%, but something must be said for the impressive performance of Missouri-based Asish Panda.  Rated only 1577, Asish managed to score 6/8, placing him half a point ahead of the 2600+ Priyadharshad Kannappan!  Standings for that event can be seen at

St. Joseph Grade School Chess Tournament – September 9
More than 30 players of all ages journeyed to the Ackles Center for this one-day event.  In the top section, top-rated Doug Baker of Goshen flexed his rating advantage for a perfect 3-0 score — the only one of the day.  In the intermediate section, Cormac Kennedy finished ahead of a pair of higher-rated players with his 3.5-0.5 performance, ceding only a draw to Connor Rybka.  Meanwhile, in the novice section, a pair of players finished with 4-1 scores: Elijah Diller and Nathan Walatka.   In so doing, Elijah nearly doubled his pre-tournament rating of 275, while Nathan’s undefeated performance in only his third rated event propelled him to a similar post-event rating.  The crosstable can be viewed at

International School of Indiana Chess Tournament – September 9
For the second consecutive year, ISI kicked off the scholastic chess season with 43 players spread across two divisions.  In the U3 group, relative-newcomer Karem Erbosin swept the field with a 4-0 score, leapfrogging the top-rated Vivek Apuri after the latter ceded a draw in the penultimate round.  In the U12 division, pre-tournament favorite Jerry Gu earned a perfect score to finish half a point ahead of Yves Guelce, who earned his first four-digit rating.  View the standings at

Evansville Fall Open – September 16
Entries exceeded expectations in Evansville, as 20 players ventured to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for this four-round Swiss event.  While former state champion Andy Porter claimed the top spot with a perfect 4-0 score, the biggest ratings beneficiary was just slightly further down the crosstable.  Finishing in a tie for 2nd place, Kentucky’s Liam Chesemore proved he plays “chesemore” than you would think based on his pre-tournament rating, earning 116 points while going undefeated.  Full results without puns can be viewed at

Kentuckiana Chess Tournament (Jeffersonville) – September 23
Jeffersonville High School hosted this inaugural event for middle and high school players, attracting 21 players from both sides of our southern border.  A quartet comprised of equal parts Hoosier and Kentuckian finished with identical 4-1 scores to win the event: Suyash Uppal (IN), Tyler Weinzapfel (IN), Ethan Hand (KY), and Michael Barr (KY).  Of these, Tyler reentered the ranks of Class E players, while Michael was playing in his first rated event.  To see the crosstable, visit

II. Hoosiers Win Abroad
U.S. Senior Open – July 21-23
Overlooked in our last edition, this event was held in Northfield, Minnesota the week prior to the U.S. Open.  Among the 105 competitors were two Grandmasters and longtime (former) SCI President, Steve Steppe.   Scoring multiple upset victories, Steve managed to go 4/6 to tie for the 1st place U1800 prize and re-enter the domain of Class A players.  Congrats, Steve!  Full results can be found at, while prizes can be viewed at

Niles Library Tournament (Niles, MI) – September 2
Hosted just north of South Bend, this recurring event featured 15 players for three rounds of rated chess.  Top-seeded Shuoyan Chen paced the field with his perfect 3/3 score, with others finishing roughly in order of rating.  Full results can be found at

Toledo September Swiss (Toledo, OH) – September 9
Hosted at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus, this monthly affair in the Buckeye state featured 52 players from as far away as Indiana, Michigan, Ontario, and even Texas!  In the top section, National Master John Bidwell from Indiana proved victorious after defeating the top-rated Ryan Clayton in the 3rd round.  Michigander Gregory Bonvissuto and Ohioan Thomas Reusser shared first place honors in the U1800 seciton with 3.5/4 scores, but nipping at their proverbial heels was our own Braydon Povinelli with 3/4.  Meanwhile, in the U1400 section, Indiana’s Ryan Alford held serve as the event’s highest-rated player, going 4-0 to finish atop the standings.  Full standings can be found at

III. Tournament Calendar
Fall Festival Chess Tournament (Purdue University, West Lafayette) – October 7
Similar to other recent events in West Lafayette, this mixed adult/scholastic tournament will feature sections for K-3 unrated, K-3 rated, 4-8 rated, HS rated, and Open.  The 4/SS G/30 d5 tournament will have onsite registration available until 10:30am, with the first round beginning promptly at 11:00am.  Entry fees for scholastic players is $20, while the open section is $10; both can be submitted online at

Niles Library Tournament (Niles, MI) – October 7
Players of all ages and skill levels are invited to this free event at the Niles Libary in Michigan.  Doors open at 10:00am with the first round beginning promptly at 10:30am.  The event will be 3 rounds of G/45 with no delay. If you plan on attending, contact tournament director Martin Klubeck in advance at

Westfield Library Tournament (Westfield) – October 14
Beginning at 10:30am, scholastic players of all ages and skill levels will start their clocks at the Westfield Library for another great tournament.  Held in four sections (U1, U3, U6, U12), everyone will play four rounds of G/30 for ratings, bragging rights, and trophies.  Entries are $20 by October 8, or $25 thereafter.  For full details and the registration form, visit

Toledo September Swiss (Toledo, OH) – October 14
Hosted at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus (Mulford Library – Basement Cafe, 3000 Arlington Ave., Toledo, OH 43614), this recurring event has a time control of G/75 d5 for round 1, and G/85 d5 for rounds 2-4.  Onsite registration ($25) is available from 9:00am-10:00am, or you can register in advance for $20 by mail (see for the address or additional details).

St. Joseph Grade School Tournament (South Bend) – SUNDAY, October 15
Don’t let the name fool you – this tournament is for players young and old alike!  Unlike previous editions, the event will actually be held at the school (216 N Hill St, South Bend, IN 46617) and NOT at the Ackles Center.  The open section will be 3/SS with G/30 d5, the U800 section will be 4/SS or 5/SS with G/25 d5, and the U400 section will be 5/SS or 6/SS with G/25 d5.  The first round will begin promptly at 12pm, with everything expected to wrap up by 4pm.  For more details and to register ($10) before the cutoff on October 13, visit

76th Annual Indiana State Chess Championship (Indianapolis) – October 20-22
As President of the Indiana State Chess Championship, I am pleased to invite you to the 76th running of our state championship.  With a $3000 guaranteed prize fund and sections for Open and Reserve (U1800) players, there are plenty of reasons to make the trek to the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport (2501 S. High School Rd.) for a chance at being named the 2017 State Champion.  The top board in each section will be broadcast live at, and links will be provided to live pairings/standings.  Each section will be 5/SS using a time control of G/120 d5, unless you opt to play the 2-day schedule (Rd. 1 is G/60 d5).  Entry fees are $50 by 10/13 at, or $65 onsite, with ISCA membership required to play.  However, reentries and players 13 years and younger are $25 ($40 onsite for juniors).

The Indiana State Blitz Championships will be held on Saturday night of the tournament, with a $500 guaranteed prize fund and $20 entry fee ($25 onsite).  Our annual membership meeting will be held on Sunday at 2:30pm.  For additional details about the tournaments, view the full TLA at or send me an email at

Bethany Christian Open (Goshen) – October 28
This ever-popular event is back again at Bethany Christian Schools (2904 S. Main St., Goshen, IN) with room for all players.  In the rated sections, there will be an Open (4/SS G/45 d5) and Reserve/U1200 (5/SS G/35 d5) option, while unrated players of all ages will have a section all their own (6/SS G/30).  Trophies will be awarded to the top players.  Entry fees are a modest $10 for each section, but must be received by October 26.  You can view the details and the printable registration form at, or you can register online and see advanced entries at

13th Annual Pike Scholastic (Indianapolis) – October 28
The New Augusta North Public Academy (6450 Rodebough Rd., Indianapolis) will once again play host to one of the largest and most anticipated scholastic events of the season for the 13th Annual Pike Scholastic Tournament.  The top five overall finishers (and top unrated) for each section (U1, U3, U6, U12) will receive trophies, as well as the top three teams in the three older groups.  Each section will play five rounds, with the time control varying based on age.  Entry fees are $24 by October 23 or $28 thereafter (including onsite).  For full details, see the flyer at  To register online, visit  And to see the advanced entry list as it grows, check back periodically at

Bremen Library Tournament (Bremen) – October 28
The Bremen Public Library (304 N. Jackson St., Bremen, IN) will play host to a rated scholastic event open to beginners (K-3 U500, K-12 U1200). Play will begin at 10am.  Entry is free, but must be completed in advance at the library’s website ( beginning on October 9.

SCI State Grade Championships (Fort Wayne) – November 4
Mark your calendars!  Official details have not been released, but it appears that the SCI State Grade Championships will return to the Canterbury School in Fort Wayne this year.  This is an official state championship event, with a separate section for each grade level.  If it is anything like years past, there will be trophies aplenty for the best collection of chess talent that the state has to offer.  In case details are released before the next edition on this newsletter, check back periodically at for more information.

Greenfield Quick Tournament (Greenfield) – November 11
An event unlike any other in the state!  This tournament will feature four or five rounds of G/15 d5 quick chess at the Bradley Meth Church (210 W. Main, Greenfield, IN).  Enter onsite for $10 beginning at 9am, with rounds beginning at 10am and each hour thereafter until finished.  Prizes will be based on entries.  If you have questions, contact

26th Annual Kings Island Open (Blue Ash, OH) – November 10-12
Just northeast of Cincinnati, this event is one of the Midwest’s largest each year, with a prize fund of $30,000 and attendance approximating 350 players.  There are 7 sections (Open, U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500, U1250, U1000), each with at least five paid prizes, so there is an opportunity for everyone to emerge victorious.  The tournament boasts both a 3-day and 2-day schedule, with the former using a lengthy time control of 40/100 SD/30 d10 through the five rounds.  Entry fees are $118 by 11/8 or $140 onsite.  To register, or get additional information, visit

Women’s Youth Championships (Chicago) – November 18-19
The All Americas Chess Women’s Youth Championships will be held at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport in three sections (U25, U18, U12).  Information about the prizes (trophies and cash), free pizza buffet, and registration can all be found at

Indiana State Masters/Generations Championship (Columbus, IN) – December 2-3
It’s back and better than ever!  On hiatus since 2009, this unique event returns to the ISCA calendar in glorious fashion.  Hosted at the beautiful Hotel Indigo Architectural Center in the heart of downtown Columbus, Indiana (400 Brown St., less than two blocks away from Zaharako’s and The Commons) , this two-day event features three sections each playing 4/SS at the leisurely pace of 40/120 SD/30, d5.  The Masters Invitational event is open exclusively to former state champions and players rated 2200+.  The Senior Open is open to ages 50+, and will determine our state representative to the Tournament of State Senior Champions to be held concurrently with the US Open next year in Wisconsin.  For everyone else (ages 0-49, ratings 100-2199), the Amateur Section will feature class prizes and a cash prize for the top upset.  Entry fees are $55 in advance, or $70 onsite, with ISCA members getting $5 off — *MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED*. Hotel rates are $109, and are first-come, first-served by calling (812) 418-4886.  Online registration at will be available after the State Championships end October 22.  In the meantime, view full details at, or email me with questions at  I am incredibly excited for this event, and hope you’ll all join me there!

Winter Jam (West Lafayette) – December 2
Purdue University’s Stewart Center will host this event for all ages in four sections (Unrated K-3, Rated K-3, Rated 4-6, Open). Both individual and team trophies will be awarded, depending on section, will full details listed at  Online registration is currently unavailable, but you can check back at for updates.

Bloomington Winter Scholastic (Bloomington) – December 9
Mark your calendars and clear your schedules!  This scholastic event will return to University Elementary School in Bloomington this year, with sections for all ages (U3, U6, U12).  As usual, there will be plenty of individual and team trophies to go around.  Exact details will be released soon, and likely listed on the SCI Tournament Calendar at  If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to send me an email.

USCF Rated Online Chess – Every Week
The USCF runs rated blitz and quick tournaments on the servers.  And best of all, it’s free for USCF members to play.  Every Monday night at 6pm, verified members can play in a 5-round, G/10 Swiss system tournament for real rating points.  If that’s too early for you, there’s also a 7-round G/5 tournament at 11pm. The blitz continues on Wednesdays, where players can sign up for a 7-round 3/2 tournament beginning at 8pm.  For those preferring slightly longer time controls, you can catch the 15/10 tournament on Friday nights at 8pm.  To be eligible to play, just fill out the verification form located here.

IV. Chess Clubs
South Bend Regional Chess Club – Thursdays at 7:00pm
Michiana’s strongest chess club meets on Thursday nights from 7:00pm-10:00pm in the deli area of Meijer on Grape Road in Mishawaka.  There is an organized event every meeting, ranging from G/5 round robins to G/20 Swisses.  The standard deviation on attendance is high, with meetings ranging anywhere from 8 to 30 players, but with regular attendees including masters John Cole and Dennis Monokroussos, who can afford to miss out?

Chicory Cafe Chess Club (South Bend) – Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm
Come and play some casual games of chess at the Chicory Cafe at the corner of Jefferson and Michigan in downtown South Bend.  While you’re there, be sure to enjoy the New Orleans-style food and fun atmosphere for both young and old.

BISCC Library Chapter (Bloomington) – alternating Sundays at 1:30pm
The Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club’s library chapter meets on alternating Sundays from 1:30pm-3:30pm in rooms 1B/1C of the Monroe County Public Library. Several of the area’s top scholastic players are regular attendees, but each session includes a lesson for beginners as well as a weekly activity.  Your first meeting is free to attend, so stop by to see if it would be a good fit for you and your child.  Head coach John Illg has been generating some rave reviews lately, so be sure to check out what all the hype is about.  For more details about the club, visit BISCC’s revamped website at, which now includes an option foronline registration.

Bloomington Chess Club – Tuesdays at 7:00pm
The Bloomington Chess Club meets every Tuesday from 7:00pm-10:00pm at Buffa Louie’s.  Come play in a relaxed environment while enjoying great food.  Games are frequently played at rapid time controls (G/20 or G/15), blitz (G/5), as well as un-timed, so there’s a little bit of something for everybody.

Other Clubs in the State
For a non-exhaustive list of other city or regional clubs in the state, please visit  Please note that the information listed there may not be up-to-date, so you should always contact a representative of the club in advance.  If you have trouble locating contact information, send me an email and I will do my utmost to connect you with the right person.