Decatur Chess Team

Who We Are:
The Decatur Chess Team provides an opportunity for students to represent Decatur Classical in scholastic chess competitions at the school, city, state and national level.  Tournament competition lets players develop strategy, grace under pressure, resilience and focus.  We value good sportsmanship, honest effort, and team spirit!  
2020 Tournament Dates:

1/18/2020 – CCF #3 (Rickover Naval Academy, 5700 W Berteau)

2/01/2020 – Greater Chicago K-12 Championship (McCormick Place, 2301 S King Drive)

2/26/2020 – The Dolphin Duel: In House Tournament (At Decatur)

2/29/2020 – CCF #4 (Location TBA)

3/14/2020 – CPS K-8 City Playoffs (Whitney Young, 211 S Laflin)

3/20 – 3/22 – IL K-8 State Championships (Hyatt Regency Schaumburg)  $$$

3/28/2020 – CPS K-8 City Championships (if we qualify; Whitney Young, 211 S Laflin)

4/17-4/19 – All Girls Nationals (Westin Chicago, Wheeling IL) $$$

4/25/2020 – CCF #5 (De La Salle, 3434 S Michigan)

5/??/2020 – CCF #6 (Location and date TBD)

5/8-5/10 – Nationals (Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville) $$$

6/6/2020 – CCF All Girls (Skinner North)

6/10/2020 – Decatur Championships: In House Tournament (at Decatur)


Want to know more about Decatur Chess Team?  Email our parent liaison Seth Zurer at

Rickover CCF Results
It was a banner weekend for our chess players, as 14 members of the Decatur chess team participated in a Chicagoland Chess Foundation tournament at Rickover Naval Academy on Saturday January 18.  Our teams won first place in both the Advanced and Intermediate sections! Josephine Swan won 4 out of 4 matches in the Advanced group, earning a first-place trophy and Tournament champion bragging rights.  Troy Gonzales won three out of four, cementing the team’s first place result.
Decatur Chess Team for the Win!
In the Intermediate section, Casey Scott won four out four games as well - tying for first place in the individual ranking, taking home the second place trophy on tie breaks. Robert Suteu (who tied for second place in the individual standings), Jack Murphy, Silas Judge and Salahuddin Ahmed also contributed to the team’s Intermediate section trophy.   Our school was well represented in the Novice sections as well - a special shout-out to kindergartner Oli Matteson who made his chess tournament debut! 
Decatur Chess Team for the Win!
If your child is interested in playing in tournaments, please contact parent liaison Seth Zurer ( for more info. 
CPS Kings & Queens Tournament
On 1/11/2020, ten intrepid students represented Decatur at the CPS Kings and Queens Chess tournament over the weekend.  In the face of tough competition, both our K-4 team and K-6 teams tied for second place in their sections! Troy Gonzales, Jonah Zurer and Julian Summer all had perfect scores (four wins and no losses).  A special shout-out goes to first-grader Heming Liu who competed in a tournament for the first time and earned three wins for our team!  We didn’t take home any trophies as a result of tie-breaks, but the team is grateful to all the kids for their tough play and focus.   K-6 Intermediate Team: Troy Gonzalez, Casey Scott, Silas Judge, Jonah Zurer and Troy Shalaveyus.  K-4 Primary Team: Julian Summer, Jake Yost, Salahuddin Ahmed, Talha Ahmed and Heming Liu.   
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