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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King is King at 2017 Elite Open in Naperville


With three wins and a final-round draw, Nicholas King won the 2017 Elite Chess Open conducted July 29 in Naperville.

King's 3.5/4 in the Championship section placed him 1/2-point ahead of a three-pack who tied for second place: Zach Coffman, Tom Bareket and Master Tam Nguyen.

The event featured five rated sections, all with four rounds of Game/45 and a five-second delay.  Two non-rated sections -- and a frenzied bughouse competition -- were also offered.

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Gratz Wins Rock River Chess Inaugural Tournament


USCF Expert Glen Gratz was a late arrival but timely play at the board earned the former North Boone High School coach the championship of the very first Rock River Chess rated tournament.

Chief TD Erik Czerwin secured the Rockford Public Library East Branch location for the event and 39 competed in three sections on July 22.

Gratz posted 3.5/4 while locals Sureshkumar Rajamani and Joseph Hernandez tied for second with 3.0/4 tallies.

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Chess is Alive And Well in Kankakee: Gresen, Santoro and Lund Are Co-Champions of July's First KCC Open


The sign of any good chess tournament is competitive play -- and there was plenty of that in the very first tournament hosted by the Kankakee Chess Club, July 15.

Three players, Evan Gresen, Ryan Santoro and Tim Lund all managed 3.0/4 scores.

The event was directed by Austin Earsley with whom the ICA would love to chat!  

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