Our Stillman Valley Chess team does it again!!! 2024 ICCA 1A State CHAMPIONS!!!! Congratulations to all on defending the ICCA 1A State Title and being State Champions once again! We are all beyond proud of you!

2024 SVHS Chess Champion

Phil Bratta headshot

Congratulations to Mr. Phil Bratta

Phil Bratta has coached IHSA chess at Stillman Valley since 1980. In his tenure Phil has guided his Chess program to three 1A State championships. He has been nominated by another coach from the Northern Illinois Chess League where he is currently head of the West Division. Stillman Valley has once again had a quality season in conference play and will enter the State tournament as a top contender for another 1A State title. As stated in the nomination letter: Phil believes that "trophies and other accolades are secondary to the relationships that you build with your players and other coaches." Also, "Players know they will be treated well under Coach Phil and I believe that is why he is able to field large squads and competitive teams year after year. Phil and his teams who were part of the original Illinois State Chess tournament have paved the way for current coaches and players to enjoy the largest State tournament held in the United States." Stillman Valley has been a recognized program for almost 40 years due to Coach Bratta's efforts. "He has kept the NICL Conference going through more decades than many coaches have been alive. Without his calm, driving presence, the NICL would not be the same." Phil has been previously nominated for ICCA Coach of the year.