The Check In: March-April 2018

The Check In: March-April 2018

    Friends of Chess Night Out & Chess Drive On March 1st, CCF hosted our first ever Friends of Chess Night Out at Metropolitan Brewing. This event kicked off our ten day Chess Drive, during which CCF reached its fundraising goal of $25,000, which was generously matched by the Oppenheimer Family Foundation. We would like to send a big thank[…]

December Tournament Roundup by Bill Feldman

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

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[…]

Coaching Tools Made by CCF & 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[…]

Spotlight on Bill Brock

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[…]

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

“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[…]

A Chess Coach Ponders the Possibilities of Chess

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[…]