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IRES’ Earle Wikle, a Chess Candidate Master

“Chess helps kids to develop skills with visualization, creativity, calculation, and discipline.” – Earle Wikle

Earle Wikle

When he is not busy supporting the IRES contract in Colorado Springs, Earle Wikle is a Chess Candidate Master who dedicates his time serving on multiple boards and promoting the game he loves.

“I am involved with supporting and running several scholastic tournaments to get youth involvement in learning the game,” Earle said. “Chess helps kids to develop skills with visualization, creativity, calculation, and discipline. Many chess players choose careers in engineering, computer science, math, science, lawyers, music, or medical field.” 

There is probably no better candidate to support the future of chess because Earle is a Chess Candidate Master, a title created in 2002 and awarded to players who achieve an established classical International Chess Federation (French acronym “FIDE”) rating of 2200 or players who perform well at continental or national events. 

In addition to achieving a Candi-date Master ranking, Earle is a six-time Champion of the City Championship in Dayton, Ohio, and two time Champion of the Colorado Springs City Championship.

He also serves as the President of the Colorado State Chess Association (CSCA), President of the Denver Chess Club, organizes multiple tournaments, is a chess coach and Senior Tournament Director.

“The Colorado State Chess Association’s objective is to promote chess by organizing and running tournaments to determine the state champions in each category,” Earle said. “The categories include State Scholastic Champions, Overall State Champion in classical, Senior Champion, quick time control, and blitz time control.

“The winners of the scholastic championships and senior championship advance towards the national championships. All of these champions are determined by tournament play and the Colorado State Chess Association is the sanctioning organization to run these tournaments.”

He conducts similar tournaments with the Denver Chess Club.


“The Denver Chess Club runs monthly tournaments and four larger tournaments annually. One of the larger tournaments had 191 players in attendance with Grandmasters and Masters from around the U.S. competing.”

Whether he is competing, teaching, or serving in official capacities, Earle Wikle does all he can to promote the “Game of Kings.”


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