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North American Open 2012

The 22nd Annual North American Open will be held at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event has a $120,000 projected prize fund (based on 600 entries) with $90,000 guaranteed.

The event has 7 sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. The Open Section will have one schedule, 5-days, held from December 26-30. GM and IM norms possible.

The U2300-U1250 sections have either 4-day (December 26-29) or 3-day (December 27-29) schedules to play in. Entry fees range from $275 to $300, while the U1250 section is $120 lower.

Last year winner of the Open Section was GM Francisco Vallejo Pons.

Bally’s Casino Resort

Bally’s Casino Resort

Open Section: $10000- 5000-2500-1200-1000- 800-700-600-500-500, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $300, top FIDE Under 2500/Unr $2500-1200. FIDE rated.
Under 2300: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-700- 600- 500-400-400. FIDE rated.
Under 2100: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-700-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2500.
Under 1900: $7000-4000-2000-1200- 900-700- 600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1800.
Under 1700: $6000-3000-1500- 1000-800-700-600-500-400- 400, no unrated may win over $1300.
Under 1500: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500- 400- 400, no unrated may win over $900.
Under 1250: $3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top Under 1000 (no unr) $1000-500, no unrated may win over $500.

North American Blitz will be played on 29th December for $2500 in prizes.
5 rounds, double round, 10 games. In 2 sections:
Open Section: $400-200-150, top Under 2300/Unr $240-120, Under 2100 $220-110.
Under 1900 Section: $300-150-100, Under 1700 $180-100, Under 1500 $150, Under 1300 $80.
Entry fee: $40

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Niles North's Chess Team's Day

Niles North's Chess Team's Day Culminates in Village of Skokie Proclamation
By Karyn Malench

After being feted by their school at a pep assembly, and honored with a recognition banner on the side of the school building that faces the Edens Expressway, the Illinois state champion Niles North Chess Team probably thought that they had reached the pinnacle of success. After gathering on May 7 to witness the chess banner unveiling, they were presented with congratulatory letters/communications from the following: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; State Senator Ira Silverstein; State Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg; State Representative Daniel Biss; State Representative Lou Lang; Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez; Executive Director of United States Chess Federation Bill Hall; President of FIDE (World Chess Federation) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov; President of Illinois Chess Association Tom Sprandel; Grand Master Susan Polgar; Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony; Chairman of Jewish B2B Networking Shalom Klein; Skokie Chamber of Commerce President Erica Crohn Minchella and Skokie Voice Chair Lisa Lipin.

Later that evening, the Niles North Chess Team was presented with a proclamation by the Village of Skokie and May 7, 2012 was declared Niles North Chess Team Day.

State Representative Lang sponsored HR1027, a resolution that congratulated the Niles North Chess Team on winning the state championship; the resolution was adopted by the House on May 8.

Special honor for Niles North’s champion chess team

Skokie honors Niles North’s champion chess team
May 8, 2012 10:46AM

When it comes to Niles North High School’s heralded chess team, the Skokie Village Board made the final move.

Mayor George Van Dusen proclaimed Monday Niles North Chess Team Day in a tribute to the group that in February won the Illinois High School Association’s 2012 State Chess Championship crown in Peoria.

On the same day that a banner was placed on the Niles North building, allowing drivers on the Edens Expressway to note the team’s accomplishments, the Village Board took its turn at its regularly scheduled meeting.

“Last year, we put the pressure on the chess team that did so well and we challenged them to see if they could do a repeat,” said Mayor George Van Dusen. “Which they have.”

The proclamation notes junior David Paykin’s “exemplary skill, tenacity and fighting spirit” by winning his sixth crucial round match in “a momentous come from behind victory” that helped the team capture the title again.

Singled out for praise was senior Eric Rosen, who finished second, individually, at the National K-12 Championship Tournament held in April in Minnesota a year after he won it. Rosen, along with partner Matthew Dahl (not of Niles North) also won the National Bughouse Championship in a sanctioned side event.

The proclamation did not forget the Niles North coaches.

“Chess team coach Harry Kyriazes is recognized as one of the premier high school coaches in the United States and the State of Illinois having coached the chess team since 1999,” it states.

Kyriazes’ teams won state titles in 2006, 2010 and now this year and finished second four times and third two times. His fellow coaches on the team are Heather Ingraham and Mases Hagopian.

Kyriazes Monday called Eric Rosen the team’s “star player.”

“He’s going to be the greatest chess player I’m ever going to be associated with,” he said. “Actually, they’re all much better than I am — so off the charts.”

The Skokie Village Board was one of many that singled out the Niles North team.

Niles North’s chess team also received congratulatory communications from state and local officials and as well as from United States Chess Federation Executive Director Bill Hall, Grand Master Susan Polgar and Illinois Chess Association President Tom Sprandel.

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Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:41:40 -0700
28th North American Masters
PRESS RELEASE The 28th North American Masters will be held at North Shore Chess Center located in Skokie, IL from Sunday March 11th through Thursday March 15, 2012. The event will showcase three different events all at the same time. Grandmas...
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Niles North Brings Home IHSA State Championship

Niles North Brings Home IHSA State Championship
By George Slefo
6:00 am

More than 120 Illinois high schools competed last weekend at the IHSA Chess Championship. Niles North came out on top for the third time since 2006.

Last year, the Niles North chess team fell short in their hunt for a state championship, finishing second overall.

This year, it was checkmates all around, as the team claimed the top prize in the IHSA Chess Championship in Peoria on Friday and Saturday. This was North's third state championship since 2006.

More than 120 Illinois high schools competed, and Niles North remained undefeated throughout the tournament, finishing 7-0. The school's team consisted of 12 players overall, some of which are international superstars.

Senior Eric Rosen recently finished ninth overall at the World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil in November. He eventually lost to an Armenia player who ultimately went on to win the U18 sectional in the 1,200-plus tournament.

Yet last weekend, Rosen was with his fellow peers, working together to bring a state championship to Skokie.

"This was probably the most exciting and riveting tournament I've been to," said Brad Rosen, Eric's father. "It was just amazing what they were able to pull off."

Brad said the biggest turning point came in the sixth round, when junior David Paykin pulled off an amazing upset against a Stevenson High School student.

"David was the big star of the show," Brad said. "He literally pried victory from the jaws of defeat. He won it with drama and finesse. It was absolutely the turning point of the tournament."

This marked the second championship for Niles North's head chess coach, Harry Kyriazes. His last championship was in 20010. Kyriazes coached his team well, as all 12 students who competed won at least one game.

Skokie Patch would like to congratulate the 2012 Illinois State Chess Champions: Eric Rosen, David Paykin, Ethan Brown, Ben Marks, Rafeh Qazi, Adil Dzelilovic, Sorush Kadineh, Adam Rubinberg, Ross Schneider, Yuri Tytla, Emmett Barr and John Grossman.


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