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Communications Manager

Kelly was raised in Hudson, NY before moving to New York City for her BA and MA in English literature from CUNY Queens College. After that, she lived in England while working towards a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. She left the program to return stateside and opened a photography business, focusing on family and children’s portraiture.

Kelly is relatively new to chess, having become interested in the game after her son began playing competitively. Before joining the staff as the communications manager, Kelly co-founded “Moms of the CCC,” a group that meets regularly to play casual chess, to socialize, and to volunteer at large tournaments. After that, she began regularly attending Monday Adult Casual and played her first rated game in December 2023.

Kelly’s gregarious personality coupled with her unique background in literature and photography gives her a keen eye for storytelling and marketing.

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