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About us

our MISSION

Indy Chess is an educational organization seeking to build strategic thinking and community through teaching and sharing the game of chess in Greater Indianapolis.  We emphasize making these skills and connections accessible and inclusive for all who want to grow through knowledge of the game.

our VISION

An Indianapolis where all have the opportunity to grow in the skills and community that chess can provide.

our VALUES

Intentional Inclusion: We have to work to invite and welcome underrepresented groups to the chess community.  After all, "The only thing chess players have in common is chess!"

Affordability and Access: If chess instruction is not affordable, or even free, it cannot reach all who can benefit from it.

Sportsmanship: Winning at the expense of good character isn't winning at all.  Losing is learning.

Balancing Fun & Struggle: Chess must be enjoyable to engage with it.  However, growth and skill application comes in the forging fire of competition.  One without the other risks being incomplete.

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our board members
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Manasi Balagere

President

Lamb Weston,

Senior SAP Developer

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Brad Armstrong

Treasurer

Milliman, Principal and Consulting Actuary

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Vaughn Laptiste

Board Member

Educator, Christel House Indianapolis Watanabe High School

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Tom Spalding

Vice President

C2 Strategic Communications, Senior Strategist

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Gabe Hawkins

Board Member

Cohen & Malad, Attorney

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Mike Chapuran

Executive Director

(ex officio)

info@indychess.org

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Mandee Byers

Secretary

Chess Parent

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Michelle Jackson, PhD

Board Member

Indianapolis Public Schools, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning

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Upcoming Events

  • Weekly Chess Night
    Weekly Chess Night
    Tue, May 21
    Latvian Community Center
    May 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    May 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Every Tuesday kids and adults gather at the Latvian Community Center!
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  • Weekly Chess Night
    Weekly Chess Night
    Tue, May 28
    Latvian Community Center
    May 28, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    May 28, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Every Tuesday kids and adults gather at the Latvian Community Center!
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  • Scholastic Sunday Tournament
    Scholastic Sunday Tournament
    Sun, Jun 02
    St. Monica School Gym (Enter Door 15)
    Jun 02, 2024, 1:45 PM – 5:45 PM
    St. Monica School Gym (Enter Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    Jun 02, 2024, 1:45 PM – 5:45 PM
    St. Monica School Gym (Enter Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    A chess tournament for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade, rated by the US Chess Federation!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Mon, Jun 10
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room)
    Jun 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 14, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    Jun 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 14, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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  • Weekly Chess Night
    Weekly Chess Night
    Tue, Jun 11
    Latvian Community Center
    Jun 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Jun 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Every Tuesday kids and adults gather at the Latvian Community Center!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Monica School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Monica School)
    Mon, Jun 17
    St. Monica School (St. Augustine Hall)
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Monica School (St. Augustine Hall), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Monica School (St. Augustine Hall), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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  • Weekly Chess Night
    Weekly Chess Night
    Tue, Jun 18
    Latvian Community Center
    Jun 18, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Jun 18, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Every Tuesday kids and adults gather at the Latvian Community Center!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jun 24
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room)
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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  • Bughouse Brawl!
    Bughouse Brawl!
    Sun, Jul 14
    St. Monica School (Enter Door 15)
    Jul 14, 2024, 2:45 PM – 6:30 PM
    St. Monica School (Enter Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    Jul 14, 2024, 2:45 PM – 6:30 PM
    St. Monica School (Enter Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    Indy's semi-annual 2-on-2 bughouse chess tournament for kids--a popular and fun variant of chess!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Mon, Jul 22
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room)
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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  • Scholastic Sunday Tournament
    Scholastic Sunday Tournament
    Sun, Aug 04
    St. Monica School Gym (Enter Door 15)
    Aug 04, 2024, 1:45 PM – 5:45 PM
    St. Monica School Gym (Enter Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    Aug 04, 2024, 1:45 PM – 5:45 PM
    St. Monica School Gym (Enter Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    A chess tournament for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade, rated by the US Chess Federation!
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