Welcome to the Chicago Public Schools’ Chess Page

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


Academic Chess provides students from diverse communities across the city with the opportunity to learn, play, and compete in Chess at no cost. The students participate in after school chess clubs and compete in tournaments throughout the year including at the CPS Academic Chess play-offs and Championships, City of Chicago Championship, State and National tournaments. CPS Chess programing is separated into four categories:

  • High School Academic Chess – After-School chess clubs and competitive chess tournaments for High School students
  • Elementary School Academic Chess – After-School chess clubs and competitive chess tournaments for students in grades K-8
  • 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

We need your assistance as we continue to build and expand our thriving chess community in the City of Chicago. Cash donations helps advance the work of the foundation while your support as a volunteer, coach or mentor helps our chess club and chess team. GET INVOLVED TODAY!



Elementary Chess Coaches,

For the 2017-2018 school year, more than 50 schools have completed the Letter of Intent to participate in the Academic Chess program. The pre-registration ended last Wednesday, February 15, 2018 and to date, only 15 schools have submitted their rosters. In order for our team to provide each school with their number of students per school, you must submit your school roster ASAP! Please see registration links below.

If you have submitted your roster and your school is not listed below, please contact Nichole Matthews via email. We have extend the deadline for schools that have not submitted their rosters to Thursday, February 22, 2018.  This will be the final extension prior to the confirmation of students participating in the Elementary North and South Chess Tournament Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Whitney Young Magnet High School.

Tournament rosters will be due on March 5.  Stay tuned for details.

Elementary School Student Roster Link – (A-G)


Elementary School Student Roster Link – (H-N)


Elementary School Student Roster Link – (O-Z)


Schools Who Did Not Submit Rosters Schools Who Did Submit Rosters
A.N. Pritzker Elementary Batemen
Alex Haley Academy Beaubien
Alfred Nobel Elementary School Calmeca Academy
Ariel Community Academy Carnegie
Azuela Elementary School Decatur Classical Elementary School
Edison Regional Gifted Center
Beasley Gary Elementary
Bell Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School
Bond School Morgan Park Academic Ctr.
Claremont Academy Newberry
Earle STEM Elementary School Nobel Elementary
Edgebrook Pablo Casals
Edwards Palmer Elementary
Gallistel Language Academy Richardson
Hammond Taft Academic Ctr
Jensen Taylor Elementary
Kanoon Magnet
Kilmer Elementary
King ES
Langston Hughes
Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center
Mount Vernon
Pershing Magnet
Robert A Black
Skinner North Classical School
South Shore Fine Arts
Waters Elementary
Webster Elementary School
Whitney Young Academic Ctr.
Woodlawn Community School


Additional Tournaments can be found at:

Prior Years Results


Renaissance Knights

David Heiser
c: 773-844-0701

Chicago Public Schools

Sylvia Nelson Jordan
Manager, Academic Competitions
Office of Teaching and Learning
Department of Academic Competitions
Chicago Public Schools
o: 773-553-3593

Nichole Matthews
Chess Coordinator
Office of Teaching and Learning
Department of Academic Competitions
o: 773-553-3593

David Heiser
Chess Consultant / Chief Tournament Director
c: 773-844-0701

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