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2015 IESA Chess State Tournament

Over 460 students representing 51 member schools of the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) will compete in the fifth annual IESA Chess State Tournament at the Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on February 27-28. A complete list of participating schools can be found on the IESA website here.

New to the IESA chess competition this year is the addition of a 6th grade division. There will now be three divisions---6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade. The tournament will be conducted in an Individual/Team Swiss System format. Students with varying degrees of experience will be participating.

The first round on Friday is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Round two will not begin before 12:30 p.m.; the third round will not begin before 2:30 p.m.; and the fourth round will not begin before 4:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, round five will begin at 9:00 a.m.; round six not before 11:00 a.m.; and round seven not before 1:30 p.m. Students will compete in all seven rounds at the tournament.

There will be an awards ceremony after the conclusion of round seven at approximately 3:00 p.m. Individual and team awards for all three divisions will be distributed.

The complete tournament schedule can be found here.

Additional tournament information, plus the FanZone can be found at Click on the Chess line at the top of the IESA website home page.

Should weather become a factor, the IESA website will contain up-to-date information regarding the tournament playing schedule. Go to

For more information, please contact IESA Associate Executive Director and Chess Administrator, Nicole Schaefbauer at

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