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Chess Without Borders Finalist for 2009 Chicago Innovation Award Print E-mail
By Dr. Kiran Frey   
October 9, 2009
Dr Kiran Frey

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS- Chess Without Borders has been selected as a Finalist for the 2009 Chicago Innovation Award. “Established in 2002, the Chicago Innovation Awards shine a bright light on the creative spirit of Chicago by focusing attention on the most significant new products and services introduced in the region”. Ten Judges selected the Finalists based on criteria established by the Awards Committee. The final winner will be selected on October 20th, 2009.

GM Yury Shulman’s Chess Without Borders Organization uses creative methods to combine chess education with service and philanthropy. Students and volunteers range in age from 5 to 75 years old and have served in diverse projects from book drives to directing tournaments. The last project was successful in collecting $10,000 in donations for plastic surgery for a burn victim living in the slums of Delhi, India. The project was a collaborative effort between Yury Shulman Chess Without Borders, Berlin Metropolitan School in Germany and Project Why in India.

A chess tournament will be held on Nov 7th at Grove Avenue School to honor Principal Dr Kalogeropolous who helped start the chess program at Grove with only one student playing chess. Her encouragement resulted in hundreds of children learning chess in Barrington and the surrounding suburbs and a US Champion moving into the area.

A reception honoring the Nominees was held at the UIC Innovation Center on Monday, September 14th, 2009 which GM Shulman, Rishi Sethi attended.  See more information on the Chicago Innovation website.