Hough School Chess Tournament raised $5160 under the Leadership of Dominic Oetinger. Ninety eight students played in the tournament while 37 diverse group of volunteers  excelled in their tasks from feeding crowds, cooking, collecting money, playing music, shooting pictures, selling raffle tickets, entertaining guests to being assistant tournament directors. 800 hours of service were provided to make this event possible. Dominic with the assistance of his mother Denise Oetinger had worked hard to enlist players. He had visited several school chess clubs informing them about the event.Because of the example set by Dominic 15 other students have volunteered to work towards qualifying for this award next year.

Rich Ni, Madison Rossi and Scott McKellin received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for volunteering 100 hours over this last year.They are seen here with Teacher Maggie Gruber the host at the tournament.


A special thank you to Principal Ms Laurie Wilcox who visited the school with her daughter. She is seen here with other volunteers.


9th Yury Shulman Summer Chess Camps

 Quest Academy, Palatine (June 18-22, June 25-29 and July 30-August 3rd)

Barrington High School (July 16-20)

Featuring Four World Class Chess  Grandmasters:

Yury Shulman     GM Yury Shulman

Chess Awards:
2011 and 2010 U.S. Championship Runner-up, 2009 World Team Championship: Silver, 2008 Chess Olympiad Bronze Medalist.
     GM Gregory Kaidanov
Chess awards:
Became an International Master, 1987
Became a Grandmaster, 1988
member of US team, in World Chess Olympiad (Istanbul, Turkey,2000)
member of US team, in World Chess Olympiad (Bled Slovenia,2002)
winner of Aeroflot Open, one of the strongest open tournaments ever (80+ GMs) Moscow, Russia,2002
Read more…
     GM Alex Onischuk
Alex is currently the third-ranked American grandmaster, behind Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky.
 3rd: Aerosvit tournament Phoros 2007
1-2: Biel 2007
2nd: US Championship 2008
GM Mesgen Amanov
Mesgen is currently the number one rated player in his homeland of Turkmenistan. He has represented his home country in the 2006 and 2008 Olympiads and in 2010. Read more…

Our tentative schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 – 9:15 Registration for AM and Full Day Groups 9:00 – 10:00 Lecture with Instructor Lecture with Instructor Lecture with Instructor Lecture with Instructor
9:15 – 10:15 Simul with Instructor 10:00 – 10:15 Snack Snack Snack Snack
10:15 – 10.30 Snack 10:15 – 11:15 Consulting Game Special Tactical Training Lecture Fun chess puzzles and interesting facts!
10:30 – 11:15 Game Analysis from the Simul 11:15 – 12:00 pm Practical Exercises Lecture Team Tournament Summarizing Lecture
11:15 – 12:00 pm Lecture #1 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Outside activities Lunch and Outside Activities Lunch and Outside Activities Pizza and outside activities for everyone!!
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and outside activities 1:00 – 2:00 Tournament – Round 2 Tournament – Round 3 Tournament – Round 4 Tournament – Round 5
1:00-1:15 Registration for PM Groups 2:00 – 3:00 Lecture / Analysis with Instructor Lecture / Analysis with Instructor Lecture / Analysis with Instructor Game Analysis
1:00 – 2:00  Tournament – Round 1 3:00 – 4:00 Snack and Blitz Tournament Snack and Puzzle Solving Competition Snack and Bughouse Tournament!!! 2:45 pm Snack, Q&A Session and Recommendations with Instructor
2:00 – 3:00 Game Analysis with an Instructor 10:15 – 11:15 Round 2 Tournament – AM group 10:15 – 11:15 Round 3 Tournament – AM group  10:00 – 11:00 Round 4 Tournament – AM group 3:40 pm Closing Ceremony
3:00 – 3:15  Snack 11:15 – 12:15 Blitz Tournament AM Group  11:15 – 12:15 Puzzle Solving Competiton AM Group  11:00 – 12:00 Bughouse Tournament!!! AM Group  10:00 – 11:00 – Round 5 Tournament – AM Group 
3:15 – 4:00 Tactics!  11:00 – 11:45 Summarizing Lecture for AM Group 
• Every camp will have at least 3 grandmasters and other title coaches.
• Small groups of 10-15 students.
• Grandmasters rotate between groups.
• Earlier drop off and later pick up available for an additional $10/hour.
• Students will play in a tournament.
• Special Events such as: bughouse, blitz, puzzle contest and outdoors!
• Beginners are welcome!
• The last day of camp: Pizza for everyone and Awards!

Camp held at Barrington High School (July 16-20). Flyer available here. If you register for Camp in BHS, July 16-20 , You can still register for early birds price. Thank you!

Camps held at Quest Academy (June 18-22, June 25-29 and July 30-August 3rd). Flyers are available here.



The chess community welcomes new social entrepreneurs into its community. Dunya is a 5th Grader at Hough. She plays chess, flute & piano as well as train to become a ballerina. She loves being involved in as many activities as possible and thats what interested her in being a volunteer. She will be able to find a creative outlet for her passions as well as help others. Dunya will embark on a mission to volunteer for 50 hours over the next year in order to qualify for the Presidential Service Award offered by The White House through Chess Without Borders.

Students at Chess Without Borders have made new moves as social entrepreneurs. This new role has inspired students to lead as documentarians, fund raising organizers, artists, musicians and social entrepreneurs.

Feb 142012

Dominic Oetinger is a student at Hough Street School where he is also involved in the chess club. Dominic with the assistance of his mother will be the President of the Hough Street Chess Tournament coming up this month on the 25th. In collaboration with local businesses and students and parents Dominic will try to raise funds for little Meher who lives in the opposite end of the world in India. Meher was severely burnt in a fire when she was an infant and over the last 3 years the chess community has raised almost $26,000 to help her have several surgical procedures on her face and hands. Students and their families working within the chess community are now helping Meher receive an education. Meher lives in the slums of Delhi, India and without this help she would have had no future. For more information a video about this project can be seen at  http://www.vimeo.com/17509410.

Students like Dominic have enthusiastically  given their time and service for this cause but in turn have built an understanding and developed valuable skills such as enterprise, generosity and initiative as they work together. These social entrepreneurs have learned to collaborate with all age groups, engaged in the various art forms, and have set themselves on a path to serve and commit towards qualifying for the Presidential Service Award over the next year.

Above is a picture of Dominic on the left with another student at the Hough School chess club.

We are proud of our students and enjoy working on projects with them that make a difference in our world. A video updating the documentary, A Future for Meher” will be filmed during the tournament to help others understand the service done by our volunteers to have made this possible.


In the  generous spirit of service chess players Prasanth Madana, Shelby and Jared Munstermann, Robert Said and Toby Schwartz dazzled the crowd with their music at the Salem United Methodist Church on Feb 5th. They performed an eclectic combination of pieces under the leadership of Ron Swanson. Through their music and food served by volunteers the church raised $1600. The money will be used for volunteer work in the 9th ward of New Orleans still rebuilding from Katrina.


Picture above shows (R to L ) Shelby, jared, Ron Swanson, Prasanth, Robert Said and Toby Schwartz.

It is inspiring to watch our students share themselves in the service of others. All these students will be working towards the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the White House for next year and hope to volunteer 50 hours in order to accomplish this milestone.


We are proud of our students who have learned to share many aspects of care for Meher. Mark Nicoletti is a 5th grader at Hough Street School and he has generously donated money that will be used to buy uniform for Meher at her school. This was a thoughtful gesture from an 11 year old who demonstrates that he is aware of the needs of other children not as fortunate as him.

We are glad to honor their acts of kindness and involvement in our award winning project. So far almost $26,000 has been raised by students and families for Meher’s education and medical treatment.

Lucy, Martha and Rose Abrahamson will be the Marketing Directors at North Barrington School for developing ideas and marketing the Hough Street Chess Tournament. They have been active in supporting service at Chess Without Borders but they have made a commitment to organize their skills in helping raise funds for Meher who is their contemporary in age but lives on the other side of the world. Meher lives in the slums of Delhi, India and with the educational support from students like Lucy, Martha and Rose she has done exceedingly well in school. 100% of the proceeds from the Hough Street School Chess Tournament will go towards paying for Meher’s school.
The girls have responded generously with their donation of time and skills as the picture below shows them volunteering at the South Elgin Rehabilitation Center 2 years ago. All of them are part of the NBS chess club.
Lucy Abrahamson, 11 –   Loves to read, is involved with Girl Scouts, plays the cello, and is on a Trampoline Competitive Team.
Martha Abrahamson 9 –   Loves math, is a Girl Scout, and is on a competitive Gymnastics Team.
Rose Abrahamson 7 –   She loves reading and math, is involved with Girl Scouts,  and plays soccer and is learning gymnastics.
We are proud of our students who are learning that they can make a big difference for others through their volunteer work.

Xilin Chess Club – Sunday 1:00-1.50 PM and 2:00-2:50 PM
Meets on Sundays – no class on January 22.

Our first class start Jan. 8, and Jan.22 is Chinese New Year celebration (no class).

Other no class sundays are February 19, March 25, and April 8.


4th Annual Hough Street Chess

 Saturday, Feb 25th2012

Location 310 South Hough Street, Barrington. Illinois 60010 Phone: 847-381-1108
Schedule All players will play 5 rounds.

Round 1 begins at 10:00 a.m. with the next four rounds to follow right afterward. We anticipate that the tournament will be over at 3:00 p.m.

Time control Game/30 minutes, 5 rounds. No elimination. Everyone plays all 5 rounds!
Sections 1. Primary (Grades K-3)

2. Elementary (Grades 4-5)

3. Middle School and High School and adult section.

4.Non-Rated (All Grades)

Awards Top 5 Individual trophies for each section

Top 3 Individual trophies for grade K-5

Top 3 Team trophies in each rated section. Top 3 trophies in Non-rated section

Medals for tie-breaks and all KG participating in the tournament.

Entry Fee $25 if postmarked by Feb 18th. After Feb 18th $30.

On-site registration will be $35.


100% of the proceeds will go towards sponsoring schooling for Meher, a little girl who was a victim of severe burns. Find out more about the work we have been doing by visiting http://secureafuture.blogspot.com/ and http://shulmanchess.com/local-projects/

How to Register Make checks payable to: Hough Street Chess Club. Mail along with registration form to:

Maggie Gruber, Hough Street School, 310 South Hough Street, Barrington, IL  60010

USCF Membership is required for section 1-3. Membership can be obtained at www.uschess.org under renew

For more information contact  

Kiran Frey at 847-382-5410 (kiran47@hotmail.com)

Maggie Gruber at 847-381-1108 (mgruber@cusd220.org)


6 year old Vidhya Madana will be introduced to the rich world of service by volunteering as a Marketing Director for the Hough School Chess Tournament to be held on Feb 25th 2012. She will be busy along with students from other schools to think of ways to promote the tournament in order to make it a successful event. So far almost $26,000 has been raised for the medical and educational needs for 8 year old Meher.

Chess Without Borders is delighted to support young students who volunteer often following the example of older students like. Students are free to create their own models of service as long as they try to achieve the goals set out for them. Most of them continue to volunteer for other programs and enjoy their leadership role at an early age. Many of our volunteers have won individual awards and honors for their work and over 50 students have participated in the national Presidential Volunteer Service Award program conducted through the White House.

Vidya attends Hough St. School where she is in 1st Grade. She is learning chess from past 1 1/2 yr. She also does Tae Kwon Do, swimming and gymnastics classes. She was the recipient of ‘Best Citizenship’ Award for her class, last year in Kindergarten. Vidya went to preschool in India for 1 1/2 years where she learnt Telugu  and is now trying to learn another new language, Hindi too.
We are proud of our enterprising students.
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