Michiana chess, a non-profit organization, was found in March of 2016 in response to the lack of scholastic based chess programs offered in the area.  Our vision is to create a globally recognized chess culture in Michiana.   provide resources to schools and community organizations to create and run successful chess programs.  We also want to support the local chess clubs and players, and take advantage of their knowledge and experience.  For us chess is more than a game, it is a fun way to develop cognitive and social skills.  We are currently operating as a 501(c)(3), but do not have a letter of determination.



It is the mission of Michiana Chess, an educational organization, to teach, promote, and organize chess activities in Michiana schools and communities.



Samuel Patrick ~President

A native of Indiana, Samuel has lived and worked in the South Bend area for most of his life.  He started playing chess in high school, and participated in scholastic tournaments with the school club. In high school Samuel attended Boy's State with the American Legion, helped build a Super Mileage Vehicle, and was also able to complete his Eagle Scout.  While attending university, Samuel spent his summers working at a summer camp.  He recently graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a BS in Computer Science.

Peter McLean ~Secretary

Working as a writer and researcher, Peter has spent a considerable portion of his life traveling the United States.  A modern chess player, Peter started playing chess on the Internet.  He moved to South Bend in 2014 where he started playing in the local clubs.  In addition to work and chess, Peter is currently writing his own novel.

Christian Sassano ~Treasurer

Christian started the Monday night Chicory Café Chess Club in South Bend.  He spends a considerable amount of his time traveling, and enjoys sharing chess with everyone he meets. He is the S.T.E.M Coordinator for the Harrison Primary Center Boys and Girls Club, and is pursuing a M.S in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from IUSB. He has a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary.

Martin Klubeck ~Vice President

Martin Klubeck is a community involved resident of Niles MI.  He is a published author, public speaker, and Organizational Development consultant.  He is the president of the Niles District Library Board of Directors and the president of the Consortium for the Establishment of Information Technology Performance Standards.  Martin is also the Club Director for the Niles Chess Club, overseeing a bi-monthly club meeting, teaching chess, and running free tournaments.



As a non-profit organization we have a responsibility to operate in a manner consistent with our mission.  As part of our effort to ensure the high standards set for the organization are met, we will provide digital copies of our founding documents for free upon request.  Simply use our Contact form to list the documents you are looking for, and we will respond to you.