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[…]

Bill Brock. photo by Keith Ammann

Spotlight on Bill Brock

An Introduction to Bill Brock: Bill Brock is one of the most active and well-known chess players in Chicago, with a long record of chess public service. He is a 2000+ level player in chess tournaments. He is a long-time officer and a former President of the Illinois Chess Association, where he was an early[…]

campaign announcement

“Rook, Rattle & Roll” Campaign Launches, Bringing Chess to Chicago Schools.

Chicago – November 14, 2015: The Chicago Chess Foundation (CCF) announced today the launch of, “Rook, Rattle & Roll,” a new program to provide grants to resource-strained Chicago schools seeking to build competitive chess programs.   “Chicago’s scholastic chess environment really lags behind other major cities. While we see enthusiasm for chess, we don’t see[…]

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A Chess Coach Ponders the Possibilities of Chess

Although chess is an engrossing, profoundly intellectual activity, there are elements of art and sport in it. Thus, it appeals to all ages, races and genders. It is an entrée into other cultures and societies; a veritable bridge between generations. When children are “taught” how to play chess, they “learn” much more than how to[…]

Diane Mayer Christiansen and her son, Jackie

A Parent’s View on Chess Benefits

Chess was not always a part of my life. It wasn’t until my son, Jackie, entered into fourth grade that I was introduced to the game. Of course, now I know that Chess is much more than a game. It’s a battle, a dance and a savior. For my son, the savior aspect was apparent[…]