Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Eade Foundation
Location: Menlo Park, California, United States
James Eade, Chief Executive Officer at Eade Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in promoting the game of chess.
A world-renowned chess master, chess tournament organizer and chess book publisher, Mr. Eade founded the Eade Foundation in 2019, a premier group dedicated to providing underserved communities with the resources necessary to develop proficient chess players, distributing chess pieces and boards to organizations worldwide that cannot otherwise afford them. In addition, the Eade Foundation promotes chess literacy and notation, which allows players to preserve games for further study and to receive advice and counsel from advanced players. Mr. Eade is a trustee and served as president of the U. S. Chess Trust from 2000 to 2019.
After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1978, Mr. Eade later continued his education with a Master of Arts in human resources management focused in organizational development from the University of San Francisco in 1991. He began organizing chess tournaments in the 1990s and an early success was the 1995 Pan Pacific International Chess Tournament, which attracted champions from around the globe and was won by grand master Victor Korchnoi, which he considers to be a career highlight.
Mr. Eade’s professional chess membership organizations include the The Kolty Chess for Youth Foundation, Chess Journalists of America and the CalChess Northern California Chess Federation, all of which he has served as president. In 2018, he received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and Chess Educator of the Year from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2016.
Mr. Eade is perhaps best known as an author of multiple books on chess that include the bestselling “Chess for Dummies” in 1996 and “The Chess Player’s Bible” in 2004. He also founded Hypermodern Press, a chess publishing company which produced a handful of well-received titles by himself and other authors before ceasing operations in 1999 that included “The Chess of Bobby Fischer,” “The Unconventional King’s Indian Defense” and “The Big Book of Combinations.”
Mr. Eade attributes his success to his ability to concentrate and focus, his determination, and resilience when faced with setbacks. One thing that he teaches is that when you play chess, you will lose and will find someone better than you, unless you are the world champion. The goal is for his students is to have fun, not to be discouraged, and be the best they can be.
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