November Newsletter 2013



November 2013

International News

The World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen held in Chennai, India concluded with a new world champion Magnus Carlen of Norway.

St Anne’s Tournament

Ninety-one students participated in the tournament raising $400 that will be used for awarding scholarships that support deserving students to travel to National chess tournaments.  Volunteers made this possible by dedicating precious time and their skills. Thank you to Kim D’Amore, Alka, Viktorija Ni and Nina Ray.

Next Tournament is at St Matthews Lutheran Church

We are honored to have chess enthusiasts Joan and Henry Eickelberg host this event.  The venue is spacious and the hosts make this an event to remember by

their superb organization. The event will be held on Dec 14th and registration is

Available at:


Introducing the Chess Coach Certification program

Students that 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.


A Special Thank You

Billy and Jim Hoseman generously donated $200 from their Bar Mitzwah gifts to support our award winning humanitarian project supporting Meher and the Maggie Gruber Computer Center at Project Why. (Project Why is a New Delhi (India) based non-profit organization engaged in education support and life skill enhancement of slum children and their families. More at

These projects are possible because of your participation in our chess program and their success has provided an opportunity for our high school students to attend the UN Youth Assembly in New York.

A documentary “ A Future for Meher” was produced and can be viewed at:

Chess Photography Exhibit

Barrington Bank opens a Photography Exhibit celebrating our mission of education, service and philanthropy. Our talented volunteer Photographer Joseph Ridgway takes the exquisite photographs of our students during tournaments and some of these photos are on display at the exhibit. We encourage our chess families to visit Barrington Bank is located at 201 S. Hough Street in Barrington.

Barrington Bank also has programs teaching kids how to save and while you are there please stop by to ask for information regarding the Junior Savers Club. There are special benefits to joining and as always we encourage our students to be intellectually curious exploring all possibilities.


New Documentary in Production

Over the last 2 years we have collaborated to fund a computer center in a school that brings computer literacy to around 250 students living in the slums of Delhi. The center is named after teacher Maggie Gruber. We hope to produce a documentary that highlights the impact your contributions have made in the lives of these children who would otherwise have no chance in life. Our Professional Documentarian Dylan Dullea from New York is available for any ideas or contributions. Leaders for this project are Eleanor Marvik van Kooy and Millen Srivastava.  A clip of the computer center in India is posted for your review.

Please read the article posted about our work in the national USCF site

Together we have donated $95,370.60 and this amount includes $38,684.25 for Meher’s education and plastic surgery.

Our program and many students have won awards/honors and recognition for this work. Visit:

Students of the Month

Shreya Mangalam from Rose School will be going to the World Youth Chess Championship in UAE.



Spencer Lehmann is our highest rated student in District 220 and also teaches at StAnne’s Chess Club
Rishi Narayanan
from Prairie Middle School is our 2nd highest rated student

To All our Students

We are glad you are part of our chess world where so much happens on and off the board.

We would like you to sign consent forms online so that photographs and videos of your children can be used for chess related purposes. By participating in our program your children are often featured in various newspapers, videos or articles because of the unique contributions we make.

Go to to sign the consent online.

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