Illinois Loses A Tireless Worker

On October 12, 1938, death ended the long illness of Charles H. Leech of Oak Park, 111., one of the most enthusiastic supporters of mid-western chess.

it was in the autumn of 1936 that we first wrote him asking his support of feminine chess players. It was enthusiastically given. The next issue of the Illinois Chess Bulletin, of which he was both Editor and Publisher, carried a long article about Women in Chess, and announced a mid-western tournament for women players, which was duly held a few months later. He was also largely responsible for the success of the women's tournament sponsored by the American Chess Federation in Chicago in 1937, and for the Illinois Women's Championship Tournament held in the spring of 1938.

The time he devoted to increasing interest in feminine chess was but a small part of his efforts to promote the Royal Pastime. In J.930 he organized the Oak Park Chess Club, serving that year as its President. In 1931 he was Vice-President of the Chicago City Chess League. He helped sponsor the Chicago-Milwaukee Inter-City Matches of 1932 and 1933. He was a member of the Chicago World's Fair Chess Committee in 1933. He was one of the founders of the Illinois State Chess Assn, and served as President of that organization. In 1934 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Chess Ass'n, the predecessor of the American Chess Federation.

His efforts were always directed toward increasing local interest in organized chess. His latest efforts were devoted to the Peoria Chess Club. Chess can ill afford the loss of this enthusiast. —E.L.W.

Intersectional Match

October, 1938


W. H. Steckel Lehigh Valley C.A.



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