ICA Youth Chess Committee
The ICA Youth Committee is devoted to promoting, expanding and improving youth chess in Illinois for grades K-12. Our premise is that every child should have the opportunity to learn and play chess. The committee is always open to new members who might be interesting in furthering the cooperation and coordination of youth chess in Illinois. Please contact the coordinator if interested.
Kiran Frey is a physician and psychiatrist with a long record of public service and philanthropy. She became involved in chess when her son, Rishi Sethi, became a strong youth player in 1997. The following year she and Rishi started the Barrington Chess Program, which today is thriving. Rishi later paired with GM and former U.S. Champion Yury Shulman to found Chess Without Borders, whose mission is to promote learning by combining chess education with service and philanthropy. The program has won numerous major awards including a Presidential Medal for Community Service in 2005 and two Governor’s Awards from the state of Illinois. Dr. Frey is board certified in psychiatry, forensic medicine and disability analysis. She is a consultant for the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services, a member of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, and a medical examiner for the Lake County State’s Attorney. She currently works part time with Alexian Center for Mental Health.
Adam Geisler is a sixth grade teacher and chess coach at Bateman Elementary School in Chicago. He started Bateman’s chess club from scratch in 2006. Over the past few years, the club has evolved into a competitive team playing in YCFC and CPS tournaments. In 2009, he organized the first Bateman Invitational Tournament. Before moving to Chicago in 2002, Adam spent two years in China teaching and traveling. While there, he learned the Chinese version of chess, as well as Go. He enjoys incorporating the history of chess into his Social Studies lessons.
Rachel A Schechter directs the Chess Enrichment Program at the Montessori School in Champaign-Urbana. Prior to that she taught chess at Carrie Busey, Dr. Howard's and Dr Gs ChessWorks, also in Champaign-Urbana. Rachel attributes her modest success to a fortuitous meeting with chess great Bobby Fischer in October 1999 during which he said: "While you may never be a good chess player, you'll be a helluva chess teacher..." Though primarily a Literary Arts professor, educating K through college students for more than 25 years, Rachel set up chess boards in several of her classrooms from coast to coast, claiming: "Chess education is life education. What can't we learn from the Royal Game?" Devoted to advancing youth across the board(s), Rachel utilizes chess to build confidence, character and community. Her memoir: Lost, With Bobby Fischer is in its opening phase.