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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]