Newsletter June 2014


428 Wavery Rd.
Barrington, IL 60010
June 2014

GM Shulman selected as the US Olympiad Coach

GM Shulman from Barrington will be the coach for both the US men and woman’s Olympiad Team this summer.  We wish the team well under his guidance. The World Chess Olympiad will be held in Tromso, Norway in August 2014.
Thanks to our students, families and community we have accomplished important goals. We donated $105,595 to local and global charities, volunteered over 100,000 hours while continuing to advance our chess skills!
Chess Camps
Chance to improve chess knowledge and skills through intense summer chess camps. These camps will be held in Barrington. More information is
available at:
Chess Without Borders at BHS STEM Event
Extensive scientific research has been conducted on the development of cognitive and emotional skills of students learning chess. Research confirms the value of chess in developing creative and active cognitive abilities.
The connection between math, computers and music is well known. Many of our students are also gifted in math and music. However at Chess Without Borders we add another educational component to this repertoire: the vital importance of social learning through service and philanthropy.
Congratulations to our UN Youth Representatives
Millen Srivastava, Bryce Cai and Varun Ahuja will represent Chess Without Borders at the UN Youth Assembly this summer in New York at the UN Head-quarters.
Each year as our volunteers turn 16 years of age we nominate them to represent Chess Without Borders at this prestigious event where other world youth volunteers come together. The nominations are based on the long-standing service and leadership provided at our program.
6th Annual Hough School Tournament raises $7000
On Feb 22nd 2014 one hundred thirty eight chess players competed at the 6th Annual Hough School Chess Tournament where 100% of the proceeds was donated to 2 long standing charities ad-opted by the program. Thirty volunteers including GM Shulman and the Chief Tournament Director Jeff Wewal donated their services. Almost $7000 was raised to benefit a little girl named Meher’s education and to provide support for the Maggie Gruber Computer Center. Another 250 people approximate-ly visited the event. Chess Tournament such as this one at Chess Without Borders become a celebration of achievements as chess players gather their USCF ratings, collaborate as workers, expand their ex-periences and express themselves artistically to raise funds for other children like themselves who have few opportunities in life. More information about this is at: A documentary has been produced on this proj-ect.     This can be seen at:  Three students also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the White House because of their volunteer work over the past year with Chess Without Borders. These students were Ethan Gagliano, Peter Abrahamson and Bryce Cai. For more information go to:
  Awards and Honors for the program at:

History of the project: secureafuture.
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Chess Without Borders to debut at Art in the Barn
We are honored to present chess and our exceptional students at Art in the Barn on Sept 27th and 28th.  GM Shulman and his students will introduce chess to the visitors from 11 to 3 pm both on Sept 27th and 28th. We are looking
for volunteers who will play/teach/talk about our work and chess. We plan on asking students to volunteer for 2 hours each. Volunteer credit will be given.
Thank you to Ethan Gagliano from Countryside School has pioneered a creative method for raising funds: by asking individuals to sponsor his chess matches. He has donated a total of $1000 for Meher and the computer center by winning support for his matches.

Follow up of our Volunteers
We would like to conduct a long-term follow up of our volunteers to examine the relationship between their leadership as volunteers and life experiences.  Many of our students who serve go on to attend prestigious schools, find challenging and meaningful work and continue to volunteer holding leader-ship positions in various fields.  Please share this newsletter with others so they can provide news about our current or former students.
Introducing our Volunteers
We would like to devote a page to honor the service done by our volunteers. This exercise will help our students learn design, art and writing. We work hard at nominating our students for awards/ honors/ newspaper articles etc. Having a page about your service becomes easy to refer to your work at the time of the nomination.
Please contact Jack Barnett for help with designing a page about your work at:
Art in the Barn began in 1974 when a group of ten women and local artists met to develop a quality art event for the Bar-rington community. What began as an art show with 30 artists and 1,500 attendees has grown to be one of the most unique and highest quality art festivals in the Chicagoland area with 185 juried artists exhibiting their work. Last year, over 6,500 people from the surround-ing area attended Art in the Barn, where they enjoyed not only the exhibition and sale of fine art, but also music and en-tertainment, food from a variety of ven-dors, children’s art, and pony rides. Art in the Barn is one of the major fund-rais-ers sponsored by the Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital, which has donated millions to the hospital.

Chess Certification Program
Students who learn chess and complete the textbook written by GM Shulman will be awarded a certificate. The book is available in both hard copy or through the Apple ibooks at:!-lessons-from-grandmaster/id589939284?mt=11
Each student who completes this textbook develops a skill and a Chess Certificate honors the hard work, initiative and mastery of this skill level. GM Shulman who is also the 2008 US Chess Champion signs the award certificate. In order to inspire students to become service learners while also acquiring a skill we asked students to volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours in order to qualify for this award.
Countryside Chess Tournament a Success
A chess tournament held at Countryside School had 50 players who participated. All the proceeds of funds raised from food were donated to the Chicago Chess Center. We welcomed our new volun-teers Paul and Mona Frey from Delhi, India. Both work in technology and will continue to volunteer with us at Project Why.

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Photographs by Joseph Ridgway

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