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Honoring an Elder Statesman of American Chess

The South Jersey Innovation Center (SJIC) is excited to be hosting the upcoming annual Dr. Leroy Dubeck Cup!

A true polymath, Dr. Dubeck has made significant contributions in the areas of chess, physics, and science fiction. A professor of physics at Temple University, from 1965 to 2012, Dr. Dubeck authored six college textbooks and received the Stauffer Award for service.

Beyond his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Dubeck has been a preeminent leader in the chess world. A holder of the title of Life Master, from 1969 to 1972, he served as President of the U.S. Chess Federation. He played a pivotal role in organizing the historic 1972 World Chess Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Dr. Dubeck has also served as President of the New Jersey State Chess Federation and is an officer of the U.S. Chess Trust.

Beyond chess and physics, Dr. Dubeck has written science fiction, as well as a number of works on using science fiction to teach science.

Today, even at age 84, Dr. Dubeck continues to be a frequent, and still dangerous, participant in chess tournaments, particularly at SJIC.

For all of these reasons, SJIC is both happy and honored to host this annual tournament in honor of a great elder statesman of American chess, Dr. Leroy Dubeck.

 A leading center for STEAM instruction (including math, creative design, and robotics), the SJIC offers superb instructional chess programs for both children and adults. The SJIC hosts official rated chess tournaments every other Sunday, rated rapid tournaments every Wednesday night, and chess club every Friday night. Learn more about the Dr. Leroy Dubeck cup here.