K-8 State Championship Tournament Roundup

Author:Bill Feldman. Chicago was well-represented at the 2018 Illinois K-8 State Championships completed March 11 in suburban Schaumburg, winning 29 of the 140 individual trophies available, just over 20%. Chicagoan’s won or tied for first in three of the four sections. 739 Illinois players participated in the Championships — making this the largest Illinois K-8[…]

campaign announcement

December Tournament Roundup by Bill Feldman

Attracting nearly 300 players, CCF held its second tournament of the 2017-2018 season December 16 at Washington High School in the far southeast of Chicago. Approximately 1400 students attend Washington High, located in a well-maintained residential district several hundred yards from the Indiana border. For Skinner North Classical, the 20-mile drive was well-worth the effort[…]


Hard Work, Talent Take Chess Master Around the World; Opens Up Doors

As an eight-year-old girl growing up in a small coal mining town in the southern part of Poland, Patrycja Łabędź (“Cja”) (pronounced See-ya) had no idea that watching her sister play chess would take her on an endless adventure; an adventure that would span over 15 years and take her to over 30 countries.  FIDE[…]

new free coaching tools from CCF and ICA

Coaching Tools Made by CCF & ICA

CCF and the Illinois Chess Association have worked together in recent months on three new products designed to explain the fundamentals of youth chess coaching. The coaching tools are aimed at making the process of organizing youth chess teams easier and more fun. Both groups are committed to building new chess clubs and strengthening those that[…]