"Slow Down. Think. Shake Hands."

This past Sunday, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich highlighted the good work of our friends at the Chicago Chess Foundation.

Candice Usher, center, a teacher at Fuller School of Excellence in Chicago, shows students Charleston Rice, left, and Nic'Kita Williams, right, how to play chess. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune) Copyright © 2017, Chicago Tribune

Candice Usher, center, a teacher at Fuller School of Excellence in Chicago, shows students Charleston Rice, left, and Nic'Kita Williams, right, how to play chess. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune) Copyright © 2017, Chicago Tribune

CCF's mission is to "provide chess instruction, training and competitive opportunities to all Chicago students at low or no cost."

What's the difference between the Chicago Chess Foundation and our organization, the Chicago Chess Center?

Our mission is to "bring a full-time chess center to the city."' Until then, we want to provide chess services to the city, from absolute beginner to grandmaster, to the extent that our financial resources allow.

Please consider supporting our mission. We're going to need to raise at least $350,000 to execute our five-year plan.

And please consider supporting the Chicago Chess Foundation's mission.

I'm not privy to CCF's projections, but I can easily imagine a fully-operational CCF needing as much money for ONE year as we will for FIVE years. And very frankly, it's hard for me to imagine our long-term success unless CCF succeeds as well.

So yes, please give to us. And please give CCF a bit more than you give to us.