Chicago southside chess… back in business!

Chess in Chicago has a long and venerable history. Chess on the southside of Chicago has a spotted history, but with no less pride. Over the years, players on the southside have played in burger joints, parks and coffee shops, but with the vision of 10 players, persistence has led to a permanent home.

Roger Hickman, a 1972 graduate of CVS and known as the “Godfather” proclaimed that chess on the south side of Chicago is “back in business.” The group found a location on the south side and dubbed it simply, “Chicago Chess Club” (CCC). The buzz has been “off the charts” as visitors are slowly finding their way to the new spot.

This is the beginning!

Unlike the McDonald’s location, the CCC is tailor-made for chess with tables and ample space. It is ideal for tournaments and accessible by public transportation and Midway Airport is about 15 minutes away. The Chicago Chess Blitzers and subgroup that make up the heart and soul of the founding members, has entertained many guests at the fast food joint, but hopes to take the momentum to the new club. IM Dejan Maksimovic has been a regular adding a dose of humor and bravado to the atmosphere. Other notables like FM Jimmy Canty and IM Atulya Shetty hope to come by the new location.

The first game ever at Chicago Chess Club! Who won?

Sedrick “Big Pawn” Prude

Chicago Chess Center’s Bill Brock and Chicago Chess Club’s Roger Hickman

Before the Canty-Jones match, Hickman proudly announced that “chess is alive on the southside of Chicago.” After weeks of planning and setting the legal foundation, the Chicago Chess Club was opened on July 1st. The club drew a variety of members from different parts of the chess community. There was music, foods and of course raucous blitz banter. Besides chess battles, the CCC will offer private and group lessons, lectures, exhibition and a variety of tournament formats. GM Boris Avrukh is scheduled to make an appearance on July 22nd for a lecture and simultaneous exhibition. A blitz tournament will follow. Look for the flyer soon!

Make your way to…

Chicago Chess Club
8622 S. Pulaski
Chicago, Illinois 60618
12pm-12am daily

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Thanks to the principal founders Tim Donnahue, Edwin Walker, Nathan Kelly, Sedrick Prude, Johnny Strapp, Louie Green, Stephen Jennings, Roger Hickman, Chet Parks, and Willie Granderson!


  1. GM Boris Avrukh was a guest at the Chicago Chess Club at began began with a lecture where he recounted his career and some of the key moments of his chess development. He was World under-12 champion and in 1998 went on to play for the Israel national team for eight years until moving to the Chicago area. Living in Hainesville, Illinois where he is primarily a coach and trainer. He is the author of a number of opening books.

    After the lecture, Boris took on 19 competitors in a simultaneous exhibition. In the lineup were member of the Chicago Chess Blitzers, Chicago Chess Club and other area players. One player lost so quickly and was replaced by another. In all, the score was 17 wins and 2 draws with Tom Murphy and Bab a Loa Foley holding the GM.

    There was a blitz session in the afternooon.

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