Barbara Radner, the director of the Center for Urban Education at DePaul's School for New Learning, runs a summer enrichment program at Dumas Technology Academy, 6650 S. Ellis. This past Friday, Barbara, Gary Childers, and the other wonderful teachers in this program (my apologies for not having all your names!), invited Jerry Neugarten and me (on behalf of the Illinois Chess Association) to help run the program's chess championship. It was a wonderful day: Jerry and I had a lot of fun, and the love these young players have for the game is palpable.
These pictures were taken at the end of a round: the crowd was much larger!
Shomari Tillett took first place. Second was shared by Coriyana Richardson and Robert Redmond. Other plus score awards were given to Royon McCoy, Michael Harper, Eddie Jackson, Demeatreas Whately, Tevin White, Martinez Butler, Eaon Pier, Gregory Bennett, Zachary King, and Jamariah Crider.
Congratulations to all who played!
Jerry Neugarten gets the tournament underway (courtesy Barbara Radner)
The end is near.... (courtesy Barbara Radner)