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Our Board of Directors

Frank C. DelBonis, President
Frank DelBonis, is the highest Certified T.D. in R.I. as an Associate National USCF Tournament Director with three decades of experience. Frank has dedicated his life to helping improve chess. He has Directed National Tournaments for U.S. Chess Federation. He currently organizes 70%+ of the Tournaments in Rhode Island which is his main focus, but is also committed to improving chess in our region so he has been serving as a member of Board of Directors of New England Chess Association and Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA). His teams have won numerous R.I. State and League Championships and his teams have attended 14 U.S. National Championships. As a long time Social Studies & ESL Teacher, Chess Coach, and Adjunct Professor, he has dedicated his life to helping promote chess for students and adults. Frank has a B.A. Degree from the University of Rhode Island, and a M.A. from Brown University. He was the former president of SENECA chess for 27 years, and has continued to build chess programs and help students in the inner-city for the past 35 years. He has never been paid for his work at Ocean State Chess, but continuously tries to re-invest any proceeds to help schools, higher education institutions, and organize better chess tournaments in Rhode Island.

Daniel A. Amadio, Vice-President
Daniel Amadio, is a Local USCF Tournament Director, and has been a chess coach for over 30 years. He earned a Math Degree from the University of Rhode Island and Teaching Certification after MAT courses at RI College. Dan is a humble and dedicated teacher and coach to his students and everyone in the Rhode Island Chess Community. He has been the Instructional Lead Math Teacher at Central Falls High School for many years. His teams have won many state championship titles including 3 consecutive undefeated seasons in the Rhode Island Chess League, and his students have attended the U.S. Chess Nationals 4 times. Dan has provided the students of Central Falls with opportunities for personal growth and success over the years. He teaches advanced math for the Upward Bound Program at R.I. College and he is a very strong player.

Grant Brandon. Secretary
Grant Brandon is a USCF Tournament Director and serves as the Director for the Ocean State Chess Scholastic League. He has a gift with helping others and is an experienced manager in the business world. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Massachusetts Lowell, with credits towards an Master Business Administration (MBA) from Suffolk University. Grant is also an experienced and avid sailor and the Commodore of the West Bay Yacht Club in East Greenwich, RI. Finally, It is important to know that Grant loves chess and has served as a chess coach in multiple schools, and has played over 10,000 games on He is a friendly face with a happy smile who makes everyone feel welcome at our tournaments.

Jordan Ashton, Treasurer
Jordan Ashton is a USCF Tournament Director and participates in every OSCA chess tournament and belongs to multiple chess clubs in Rhode Island. He is a distinguished Senior computer programmer, software engineer, and developer. He has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and specializes in web application development in Outsystems. Jordan continuously contributes to the betterment of the Rhode Island chess community by supporting chess programs and tournaments all over Rhode Island.

Alan Sutton, Director
Alan Sutton is a USCF Tournament Director and long time chess player in Rhode Island. He has served on multiple Board of Directors in the chess community. He has a Bachelors Degree from Taylor University, and a Masters in Theology from Denver Seminary. He has played chess his whole life and has helped as an assistant chess coach at multiple schools preparing students to attend the USCF Nationals. He has served the Rhode Island community at large in many capacities through the years. Alan is a dedicated father to his 3 children, grandfather to 9 grandchildren, and a loyal friend to all that know him.


Kenneth Gu, Director
Meet our newest director Kenneth Gu who completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was an Associate Professor Research at the University of Rhode Island and is currently a senior data systems administrator for the R.I. State government. His son Christopher Gu is a FIDE and National Chess Master. Ken and Chris have participated in numerous local and regional chess tournaments and have been instrumental in organizing various chess-related activities and offering chess courses and lessons within local schools and communities. Ken is serving on the Ocean State Chess Board of Directors as a co-organizer of chess events, especially in the areas of South County and Newport County of Rhode Island. Kenneth’s dedication to chess extends beyond his personal involvement. Recently, he became a USCF Tournament Director, driven by his desire to support and promote chess programs and tournaments.



If you are interested on serving on the Board of Directors, please contact us!