Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian Training Seminar
2 sessions available – Saturday Nov 12 or Sunday Nov 13

Enjoy a 6 hour training session with one of the top Grandmasters in the United States – GM Varuzhan Akobian! GM Akobian helped the US team achieve a bronze medal twice in the 2006 and 2008 Chess Olympiads, and a Silver medal in the 2009 World Team Championships. In 2010 GM Akobian was tapped to become the trainer/coach for the US Men’s Olympiad Team as well.

You can join GM Akobian in a 6 hour marathon lecture covering openings, middle game, and end-game. He will review popular opening lines, the ideas behind them and how to transition to the middle game along with middle game strategy, and what to do (and not to do) in the end-game. You’ll be invited to ask questions and discuss the pro’s and con’s of variations, along with testing your inner-GM against this battled hardened veteran with on the spot puzzles and challenges.

The session will begin at 11:30am and continue until 5:30pm. After a 30 minute break, GM Akobian will perform a simul. Feel free to bring your personal chess boards if you want GM Akobian to autograph it for you also! Snacks and beverages will be available.

This session is $75 for members of the North Shore Chess Center and $100 for non-members if registered by Friday evening 9pm on Nov 11. Add an additional $20 at the door. Onsite registrations cannot be guaranteed for space!

Seating is limited to 30 people on a first registered basis.

Register online –

North Shore Chess Center G/45
Sunday November 20

4R-SS G/45 + 10/sec increment. North Shore Chess Center, 5500 West Touhy Ave Suite A, Skokie, IL 60077. 847.423.8626. EF: $20 for non-members of the chess center, $15 for members of the chess center received by 11/19. All $5 more onsite. Onsite registration – up to 15 minutes prior to round 1 or round 2. If registering prior to round 2, you will receive a half-point bye for round 1. Round times: 1pm for round one and then 15 minutes after final game from previous round completed. Half-point byes available in any round. Prizes: Book prizes for top three finishers. Biggest upset (150+ points): Free entry to following month G/45 + book prize. Parking: Free self-parking. Mail entries with registration information to: North American Chess Association (make checks payable to), 4957 Oakton Street Suite 113, Skokie, IL 60077.Online registration preferred. Additional questions email to: USCF rated. Register online -

2nd Annual North American Amateur Closed
November 25, 26, 27

9R-RR G/60 + 30/sec increment. North Shore Chess Center , 5500 West Touhy Ave Skokie, IL 60077. 847.423.8626. Players will be contacted by invitation and players can make a request to participate. Must be FIDE rated less than 2200. USCF rated only players must be at least 1700. 2-4 sections based on player availability. No byes or withdrawls allowed. EF: Free to FIDE rated players; $50 for non-FIDE rated players with $20 returned upon completion of all 9 rounds. Round times: Friday: 10am, 2pm, 6pm; Saturday 10am, 2pm, 6pm; Sunday 10am, 2pm, 6pm. Parking: Free self-parking. Additional questions email to: USCF and FIDE rated. For online registration and list of more events please visit -

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