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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
By MIKE ISAACS
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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|Niles North Brings Home IHSA State Championship|
Niles North Brings Home IHSA State Championship
By George Slefo
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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|Northeastern Open attracts more than 100 players|
Northeastern Open chess championship in Neenah attracts more than 100 players from several states
Tournament attracts more than 100 players to Neenah event
NEENAH — Patience, visualization and a good memory.
Those are the key skills needed to compete at a high level in chess, like the players at the 47th Northeastern Open chess championship held this weekend at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk.
Chess player families relaxed and talked strategy in the hotel's ballroom Saturday afternoon between rounds of the two-day tournament.
It was all business, however, once an official round began and the mental gears churned in the battles of skill and wits.
"I'd say patience and the ability to visualize are the most important," said Dennis Kosterman, assistant tournament director. "Not only what the board is now, but what it will be several moves from now. Memorization is also important in terms of opening moves and strategy."
The tournament, hosted by the Northeastern Wisconsin Chess Association, drew 102 players from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin and was headlined by 8-year-old Awonder Liang, who recently won a world championship in his age group and is ranked "expert."
Matches can last up to five hours, and a player's first 35 moves must be completed within the first 90 minutes.
Wade Christensen, of Madison, provided some early drama for the tournament by defeating Liang in the first set of matches.
"He missed a move and dropped his bishop and that was it," Christensen said. "These young players keep getting better and better though. They've learned the fundamentals early on and have time to study online."
Other young players often hire coaches to develop their game.
Alex Betaneli was the lone "master" at the event and the top-seeded player.
Originally from Russia, Betaneli lives in Brookfield and tutors students all over the state.
"I do this full time, teaching and playing," said Betaneli, who has recently returned from a 10-day tournament in San Francisco.
He gives lessons using the online video-chatting system Skype to students as young as 5-years-old.
"Kids learn patience and to be gracious in victory and defeat," Betaneli said. "Chess is a game where you can't blame anybody but yourself if you lose, there are no other factors."
When asked about the skill gap between a master and novice player, Betaneli said if someone challenged him off the street to a $1,000 chess match he would win every time.
The pure skill is what separates chess from other strategic games like poker, where Betaneli said even the novice can defeat professionals due to the mathematic skew of luck.
Michelle Hintz, 17, of Marion, said as serious as many of the players take the game, she was playing the tournament to have fun.
"Whether you win or lose you still learn something new," Hintz said.
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