The face of determination at the 2009 Oregon State Chess Championships.

Chess is a sneaky game, says Phillip Margolin, the first president of Chess for Success (CFS), a nonprofit that introduces underprivileged children to the game. Any child can participate in the six-month-long program for free; CFS pays the $75 it costs to support one student for the duration of the program. Find out more about the organization with out web exclusive slideshow.

This article appeared in the November 2009 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.