Welcome to the Chicago Public Schools’ Chess Page

This webpage provides information to the players, coaches and parents on the CPS Academic Chess Program

 

Academic Chess provides elementary & high school students from diverse communities across the city with an opportunity to participate in vibrant chess programs. The CPS Academic chess students compete throughout the year and participate in the CPS Academic Chess City play-offs, City Championship State and National tournaments. Academic Chess is separated into three categories:

  • Chicago Chess League – Competitive chess tournaments for students participating in after-school chess clubs
  • Cops & Kids – Promoting non-violence and increase positive relationships with youth and police officers
  • First Moves – In the classroom program for 2nd and 3rd grade students

 

CALENDAR

  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017

    Chicago Police Headquarters

    Location: 3510 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60653

    Time: 3:30- 6:30 PM

    School appointed representative to oversee the program need to attend this training day along with a representative from each police districts involved in the program.

    Cops & Kids will begin in early October and conclude in April. This program is designed to unify “Cops & Kids” with conversations surrounding strategies that will promote peace and create a stronger community

    Thank you for your interest in Cops and Kids and we look forward to a great chess season.

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  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017

    Whitney Young H.S.

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  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017

    Chicago Police Headquarters

    CHICAGO POLICE HEADQUARTERS - 3510 S. MICHIGAN AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60616

    SATURDAY - DECEMBER 9, 2017

    5-BOARD TEAM TOURNAMENT - 4 ROUNDS, GAME 20

    CHECK-IN: 9:00 – 9:30 - MUST BE CHECKED IN BY 9:30 TO PLAY IN THE FIRST ROUND

    ROUND TIMES: 10:00, 11:15, 12:45, 2:00 - AWARDS: 3:00

    LUNCH: 12:00 - 12:45 - PROVIDED FOR ALL PLAYERS AND SUPPORT STAFF

    AWARDS: TROPHIES TOP 3 TEAMS, MEDALS TOP 3 TEAM MEMBERS EACH SECTION

    DIVISIONS: ELEMENTARY (K-8), HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)

    TEAMS: 4-PLAYERS FROM THE SAME SCHOOL PLUS 1 LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL

    REGISTRATION: INVITED SCHOOLS NEED TO SUBMIT ROSTERS BY 12/01/17, ONLINE at     OR BY EMAIL TO david.heiser@renaissanceknights.org

    MORE INFO: CONTACT DAVID HEISER david.heiser@renaissanceknights.org / 773-844-0701

    BOARDS & SETS PROVIDED - GAME ANALYSIS BY FM GAURI MANOJ

    PLAYERS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING A NONPERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO BE DONATED TO THE GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY


     

     

     

     

     

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  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018

    Chicago Military Academy

    Jan 20 High School Championship – Chicago Military Academy

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  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    McCormick Place West

     Open to all players in grades 12 & below

    *** 100 INDIVIDUAL & 30 TEAM TROPHIES ***

    Presented by

    Renaissance Knights, Kasparov Chess Foundation, SBB Research Group

     

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    LOCATION: McCormick Place – West Building 2301 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Chicago, IL

    CHAMPIONSHIP SECTIONS: 4-SS, G/40,d5 Rounds: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00.

    RESERVE & NOVICE SECTIONS: 5-SS, G/25,d5 Rounds: 10:00, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00 & 4:30.

    AWARDS CEREMONY: 6:00 pm.

    ENTRY FEE: $40 by 1/15; $50 by 1/29; $60 after 1/29. On-site entry receives ½ point 1st round bye. $5 off to siblings & team members when registering together. 

    Thanks to our sponsor, SBB Research Group, we are able to provide complimentary entry for select students from Low Income Title I schools. Contact us for details.

    SERVICE FEE: $10 fee for refunds or section changes after 1/31

    SECTION CHANGES: Email by 2/1 to info@renaissanceknights.org

    BYES: One ½-pt bye available, any round except last, if requested before Rd. 1.

    SECTIONS / AWARDS:

    PRIMARY (K-3): Championship: open to all. Trophies: top 8 players, top rated Under 800, top 3 schools. Reserve U600: open to players rated Under 600. Trophies: top 8 players, top 3 schools. Novice U200: open to players rated Under 200 / Unrated. Trophies: top 12 players, top 3 schools.

    ELEMENTARY (K-6): Championship: open to all. Trophies: top 10 players, top rated Under 1000, top 3 schools. Reserve U800: open to players rated Under 800. Trophies: top 10 players, top 3 schools. Novice U300: open to players rated Under 300 / Unrated. Trophies: top 12 players, top 3 schools.

    JUNIOR HIGH (K-9): Championship: open to all. Trophies: top 5 players, top rated Under 1200, top 2 school. Reserve U1000: open to players rated Under 1000. Trophies: top 5 players, top 2 schools. Novice U400: open to players rated Under 400 / Unrated. Trophies: top 8 players, top 2 schools.

    HIGH SCHOOL (K-12): Championship: open to all. Trophies: top 5 players, top rated Under 1400, top 2 school. Reserve U1200: open to players rated Under 1200. Trophies: top 5 players, top 2 schools. Novice U500: open to players rated Under 500 / Unrated. Trophies: top 8 players, top 2 schools.

    Any player who scores 4 or more points and doesn’t win a trophy will receive a medal!

    GAME ANALYSIS: FM Gauri Manoj

    FOOD: Concession food sales by Savor.

    PARKING: Lot A – 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616: (8′ height clearance) is a six level garage with 2,100 parking spaces located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. As of 5/1/17 the parking rate was $23 for up to 16 hours and $36 from 16 to 24 hours.* There are no in-and-out privileges.

    CHICAGO’S OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

    The City of Chicago will recognize the top individual & team from Chicago in each Championship Section as the City Champion


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  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    Whitney Young Magnet High School

    Mar 17 K-8 North & South Playoffs – Whitney Young H.S.

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  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Whitney Young Magnet High School

    Mar 24 K-8 Championship – Whitney Young H.S.

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  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

     ***FREE WI-FI IN SKITTLE ROOM***
    presented by

    Kasparov Chess Foundation, USCF, Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation

    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

    FORMAT 6 Rounds Swiss System (no elimination) G/90,d5

    SECTION/AWARDS Age as of 1/1/2018
    Under 8 top 15 individuals, top 500 – 799, top U500, top 6 schools
    Under 10 top 15 individuals, top 700 – 999, top U700, top 6 schools
    Under 12 top 15 individuals, top 900 – 1199, top U900, top 6 schools
    Under 14 top 15 individuals, top 1100 – 1399, top U1100, top 4 schools
    Under 16 top 8 individuals, Top 1300 – 1599, top U1300, top 3 schools
    Under 18 top 8 individuals, Top 1500 – 1799, top U1500, top 3 schools

    Top 3 players added for team scores, team members must attend the same school

    SPECIAL PRIZES Hipster For Sister designer bag to the top finishers in the U18, U16, & U14

    ENTRY FEE: $60 postmarked/online by 3/19, $80 by 4/9 $95 after.
    Do not mail after 4/13. $20 fee for roster or section changes after 4/13. $10 refund fee

    MAIN EVENT April 20: 2:30 PM – Opening Ceremony, 3:00 PM – Round 1
    April 21: 10:00 AM – Round 2, 2:30 PM – Round 3, 6:30 PM – Round 4
    April 22:  9:00 AM – Round 5, 1:00 PM – Round 6, 5:00 PM – Awards

    SIDE EVENTS
    Bughouse Tournament – one section. Fri. April 20, 11:00 AM
    Entry Fee: $30 per 2-player team Registration: 9:00- 10:00 AM
    Awards: Top 5 teams
    Blitz Tournament (G/5) – one section. Fri. April 20, 7:00 PM
    Entry Fee: $20 by 4/9, $25 after/on-site. Registration ends at 6:00 PM
    Awards: Top 10 players

    HOTEL Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago IL 60616, (888) 421-1442. Rate: single – quad $159. Overnight Guest Self Parking $20. Online Reservations
    Reserve early – rate may increase. Free basic internet in room

    TEAM ROOMS We have a limited number of team rooms, so reserve early; Email David Heiser at david.heiser@renaissanceknights.org

    BYES Half-point byes will be available for only one round except round 6, if requested by the start of round 2. 0-point byes shall be available for all rounds. The Chief TD shall have the ability to grant a 1/2-point bye for any round on unusual circumstances, except the last round.

    QUESTIONS david.heiser@renaissanceknights.org / (773) 844-0701

    The Champion in each age category, qualifies to represent the USA at the 2018 World Cadets (U/8, U10, U/12) and World Youth (U/14, U/16, U/18) Championships


     

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Renaissance Knights

David Heiser
President
david.heiser@renaissanceknights.org,
c: 773-844-0701

Chicago Public Schools

Nichole Matthews
Chess Coordinator
Office of Teaching and Learning
Department of Academic Competitions
nmathews@cps.edu
o: 773-553-3593

Sylvia Nelson Jordan
Manager, Academic Competitions
Office of Teaching and Learning
Department of Academic Competitions
Chicago Public Schools
snelson@cps.k12.il.us
o: 773-553-3593

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