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Clark Street Capital Grandmaster Invitational #1

  • Avant 222 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

Contact Information:

Chicago Chess Center

Ron Logan. Vice President


Chicago Chess Center Presents


Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Chess Center is proud to present the Clark Street Capital Grandmaster Invitational on April 12th – 16th. The event features some of the worlds’ best chess players as well as up and coming, promising Chicagoans. The event features GM’s Ilya Smirin (former Israeli champion) Nikola Mitkov, Vladimir Georgiev, and Priyadharshan Kannappan.

This event is being graciously sponsored by our friend Jon Winick of Clark Street Capital.

The event will be generously hosted by Avant, at their headquarters in Chicago located at 222 N. LaSalle Drive.

The player’s games will be available at the end of each day via the Chicago Chess Center website.

This is the first event of its kind in the city of Chicago in the last decade, and it gives our young chess players the opportunity to compete and win international titles.


The Chicago Chess Center works to create an open and welcome gathering place, focusing of a vibrant, expanding chess scene. A place where young people can receive high-quality chess teaching in a safe and friendly environment. A place where curious beginners and experience-seekers can discover chess as an enjoyable and beneficial activity that everyone can participate in. A place that restores Chicago’s standing among great American chess cities.

About Clark Street Capital: Clark Street Capital is a full-service bank advisory and asset disposition firm specializing in loan sales, loan due diligence and valuation, and wholesale lending. Managed by seasoned professionals with extensive “buy-side” experience, Clark Street Capital offers intrinsic knowledge and expertise on a wide range of assets from bank portfolio loans to securitized assets.

About Avant: Avant, Inc., is a Chicago-based company in the financial technology industry. Avant is built from a team of passionate Chicagoans looking to lower the costs and barriers of lending for consumers. In 2015, Avant was named #6 to Forbes America's Most Promising Companies.

$7,000 PRIZE FUND:

$3,000 - $2.000 - $1,000 - $500 - $300 - $200

Unfortunately, we do not have enough space to invite spectators from the general public. Games and standings will be published daily.


Rounds 1-5 at Avant, 222 N. LaSalle

Wed., April 12, 2017

3:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

4:00 p.m. Round 1

Thurs. April 13, 2017

10:00 a.m Round 2

4:00 p.m. Round 3

Fri., April 14, 2017

10:00 a.m Round 4

4:00 p.m. Round 5

Rounds 6-9 at 400 East Randolph, Chicago

Sat., Apr. 15, 2017

10:00 a.m Round 6

4:00 p.m. Round 7

Sun., Apr. 16, 2017

10:00 a.m Round 8

4:00 p.m. Round 9

Prizes awarded immediately after Round 9.

Confirmed participants (updated 4/10/2017)

GM Ilya Smirin (Israel, 2671)

GM Vladimir Georgiev (Macedonia, 2530)

GM Kannappan Priyadharshan (India, 2530)

GM Akshat Chandra (USA, 2489)

GM Alexander Fishbein (USA, 2481)

GM Nikola Mitkov (Madedonia, 2444)

IM Sergei Matsenko (Russia, 2533)

IM Pavlo Vorontsov (Ukraine, 2499)

IM Angelo Young (Philippines, 2294)

FM Zhaozhi Li (USA, 2359)

FM Aaron Grabinsky (USA, 2345)

FM Joshua Colas (USA, 2323)

FM David Peng (USA, 2270)

FM Albert Chow (USA, 2152)

WFM Rachel Ulrich (USA, 2081)

CM Jacob Furfine (USA, 2163)

Gopal Menon (USA, 2216)

Robert M. Perez (USA, 2310)

Matthew Stevens (USA, 2049)

Aakaash Meduri (USA, 2042)

Earlier Event: March 12
CCC Pre-Opening Plus-Score #8
Later Event: May 7
Chicago Chess Center Action #1