At Chopper, we balance our serious commitment to our work with an equal but lighthearted focus on activities off of the trading floor. One of those activities is the Chopper Trading Chess Team, which is currently halfway into the season, and making a final push to qualify for the playoffs.
The team competes in the Chicago Industrial Chess League as a member of the East division. Chopper’s division is comprised of 10 teams mostly from local companies in the financial and healthcare industries, as well as Loyola and Northwestern Universities. The Industrial Chess League’s regular season runs from October through early April, at which point the qualifying teams enter the playoffs. Chopper currently ranks in third place, behind Northwestern (first) and Blue Cross Blue Shield (second).
The team was founded by two Chopper employees, who, lucky for us, brought their competitive chess experience and knowledge to the firm from their college chess teams. The founders have talked to the team about how they see a strong relationship between trading and chess, as both require preparation, discipline, objective reasoning, passion, and drive. I couldn’t agree more, and they certainly make a good case, as the team’s eight-person roster includes five of our active traders.
Regardless of the activity: trading, chess, soccer, etc., the team at Chopper believes in pursuing success through hard work, strong ethics and a collaborative environment.