Play Chess, Help the CCC

Chess Without Borders, a Barrington-based service learning and philanthropic charity organization, will hold a tournament benefiting the Chicago Chess Center at Countryside Elementary School in Barrington on Saturday, May 17.

The tournament is open to both U.S. Chess Federation members and nonmembers of all ages. Individual trophies will be awarded in all sections, and team trophies are available for schools that send teams to compete.

And in a zestful departure from the typical hot dogs–and–pizza fare served at such events, homestyle Middle Eastern food will be prepared and served by Zein Bertacchi, an award-winning chef known to Chess Without Borders players and volunteers as "the Falafel Lady."

All proceeds of the five-round, game/30 tournament will benefit the CCC.

The tournament's five-round format and quick time control make it a superb opportunity for beginners of all ages looking for an introduction to USCF-rated chess. (Please note, though, that if you're not a USCF member yet and would like to compete in any of the three rated sections -- Primary, Elementary or Open -- you'll need to become a member and obtain a player ID number before registering. Follow this link to reach the USCF membership webstore. If you don't care about getting a rating and just want to spend a day playing chess, the Nonrated section is open to everyone!)

The CCC extends its heartfelt thanks to Kiran Frey and Grandmaster Yury Shulman of Chess Without Borders for their support of the CCC and their generosity and initiative in putting this event together. We hope you'll come and give your thanks as well!

Chess Without Borders Countryside Tournament

Saturday, May 17

Countryside Elementary School, 205 W. County Line Road, Barrington. 5/SS, G/30. In four sections: Primary (grades K–3), Elementary (grades 4–5), Open (grades 6–12 and adult) and Nonrated (all ages). USCF membership required for Primary, Elementary or Open section. Rounds: Round 1 at 10 AM, later rounds ASAP (finish around 3 PM). Entry fee: $25 if postmarked by May 7; $30 if postmarked after May 7; $35 on-site before 9:15 AM. Free for players in any section rated over 1600. Mail entries to Chess Without Borders, 428 Waverly Road, Barrington, IL 60010, or click here to enter online. Prizes: Trophies for top 5 in each section, top 3 in each grade K–5, and top 3 in grades 6–12. Team trophies for top 3 school teams in each rated section. All kindergarteners get participation medals.