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Chess on the Simpsons!

So I stumbled across this little gem… The Simpsons did an entire episode devoted to chess! It’s a fun show that has some great chess concepts in it, and Magnus Carlsen has a cameo role, too.

Link to the Episode:

Links to a couple great articles about the episode: 2

Chess State documentary now FREE

The Chess State documentary is now FREE for download or streaming. Simply enter code "ChessState" at checkout.

Chess State is a documentary project about the biggest team chess tournament in the world. In 2014 the Illinois High School Association’s State Chess Tournament had 138 teams participate making Illinois stand far and away from all other state tournaments and exceeding FIDE's Chess Olympics as biggest fixed-board tournament on earth. The next biggest team state tournaments in the U.S. won't have more than 30 teams participate.

Chess State tells the story of how Illinois came to be king of high school chess in the U.S. and unfolds many of the characters who have gained celebrity status because of it.

  • Rick Rysso - Producer & Director of Chess State
  • Trailer #2 art by Paul Bischof
  • Original Music by Dream Council -

The website can be found at:

Past News Stories


ICCA Coaches Clinic

Chris Aderhold, coach at Glenbard East, has put in a ton of footwork to organize an ICCA Coaches Clinic! Join us for this new opportunity to grow as a coach and improve your chess game. Whether you are entirely new to chess, or have years of experience coaching a scholastic team, we invite you to come learn. Parents & teachers who advise clubs in the primary grades have a place here too! There are four different levels to consider.


  • For high school chess coaches & advisers
  • For primary grade parents & teachers who advise a club


  • Glenbard East HS, Lindsey Library
  • 1014 S Main St., Lombard, IL 60148


  • Saturday, September 9th, 2017
  • Registration: 8:30am, Clinic begins: 9:30am
  • View the Flyer for a complete schedule

How much?

  • Completely free!,​ our sponsor, has covered the entry fee and lunch for all participants

How do I register?

  • Click the link here for the EventBrite registration

Ice Harbor Challenge

The 5th Annual Ice Harbor Scholastic Open will be held in Dubuque, Iowa, April 29 & 30. Two hundred players will be competing for 139 trophies awarded across the 7 sections of the main event including pairs, teams, and friends & family awards. There is a Friday night blitz and two bughouse tournaments on Saturday with another 51 trophies to be awarded. The main event features every game played on its own table in a well lit, carpeted (quiet), convention hall. Friends and family have their own equally accommodating adjoining waiting room with concessions. If you stay at the adjoining hotel, you will get free access to their private water park. Visit for more details. You may register online at under "Chess in Iowa." Don't miss this amazingly unique event!

The Illinois Chess Association has written a great summary/overview of the event on their website

Rockford Chess Player engages with the community

High School Senior Ozzy Flores (Jefferson HS, Rockford, IL) is hosting a "Chess in the Park" event as part of his senior Capstone project. It will take place on April 29th, 2017, from 10am to 3pm at the Nicholas Conservatory. His goal in running the event is to help grow the Rockford chess community. He has partnered with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to make this chess event a success.

This event is open to the community to gather around and simply play Chess! Anybody is welcomed from all ages to come in at any given time since it's not a tournament. Anybody is welcomed to bring his/her Chess set of their own! A limited number of boards and clocks will be provided. So come on down and play a game or two. If you don't know how to play, don't be afraid! Our volunteers will easily teach you how to play!

*There will be a small blitz tournament for the competitive players but it won't be USCF rated.

*Contact- Facebook: Ozzy Flores / Email:

Find the Facebook Event page here.