Stevenson High Schoolers Teach Their Successors


After teaching chess classes in the local Chinese school for almost two years, Alex Bian, captain of the Stevenson High School Chess Team, realized demand exceeded the space.

And so in early 2016 was born King’s Knights Chess Club, founded by Bian and his Stevenson teammates.


King’s Knights runs annual spring, summer, and fall sessions, each consisting of eight to ten weekly Sunday night meetings that culminate in an awards ceremony, pizza party, and special challenges against the coaches.

The club is run entirely by the volunteer high school players with a little help from parent volunteers. A small session fee paid by members covers space costs, snacks and awards.

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Glenwood Chess Club Seeks Volunteer Tutors


The Glenwood Chess Club is seeking two or three chess tutors for immediate positions in the School District 144 after-school chess programs.

All schools are located in Markham, Hazel Crest and Oak Forest (in the south suburbs of Chicago). The programs are conducted Monday through Thursday and the times are from 3:30 - 4:30pm.

If interested, or for more details, please contact GCC President, Kenneth Windmon at 312-925-9447, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Although the positions are designated as volunteer, a small travel stipend may be available.


Nearly 70 Play in Inaugural CCI 2017 Chicago Cup


On the 19th and 20th of August 2017 history was made in Chicago, The history I am referring to is the first annual “Chicago Cup” chess tournament. The tournament was held at the luxurious Chicago South Loop hotel, and facilitated by the Chicago Chess Initiative and organized by long-time area player John Porter.

The reason I say historical is two-fold: one, because the southside of Chicago has been a chess desert since the passing of one of our favorite chess organizers and teachers, Tom Fineberg. And two, because it was a FIDE-tournament which means the time controls are set for those rules and that rating system.

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Ricky Roman Wins 2017 Lozano Late Summer Tournament; 86 Face-Off in Four Sections At CPL Pilsen Branch in Chicago


Whitney Young high schooler Ricky Roman -- a product of the Knight Moves Chess Club -- returned to his roots August 12 at the Lozano Library in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. By virtue of his five-for-five performance, Mr. Roman claimed the championship of the 2017 Lozano Late Summer Classic, and the first place trophy.

A three-way tie for second place included Christopher Gora, Brendan O'Shaughnessy  and Master Raul Piseaux Aillon (who flagged in one match under the rigid Game/30; 5-second delay time control).

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Chicago Chess Foundation Names First Executive Director


The Chicago Chess Foundation (CCF) has announced the hiring of Eli Rollman as its initial Executive Director.  The CCF was founded in 2014 with the mission of giving every student in Chicago the opportunity to learn, play, and compete in chess at low or no cost.

“We are very excited to bring Eli aboard,” said Benjamin Wong, Principal at Benjamin W. Wong & Associates, Ltd. and President of the CCF Board of Directors.

“(Rollman) has tremendous passion for our mission, and is the right person to lead us forward into our next stage of growth so that we can introduce even more students to the great game of chess. His experience as a lawyer, educator, and leader within the nonprofit sector give him a breadth of perspective that will make him a great asset to CCF.”

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