Solon brothers who are national chess masters make moves to fight food insecurity in greater Cleveland

Keuchel brothers playing chess.
Posted at 1:28 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 13:31:10-04

CLEVELAND — Three Solon brothers, all U.S. titled chess players, are using their expertise in the game of chess to raise funds for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Destynn Keuchel, 16, and his two brothers Brennen and Connor made some moves over the past few months to help relieve the drastic increase in food insecurity during the pandemic through teaching chess online in exchange for donations either to the food bank or Feeding America.

The brothers are also opening up the world of chess to those negatively affected by COVID-19. Donors can sponsor students with a donation and the Keuchel brothers will teach chess to those who might not be able to afford the lesson otherwise.

"Chess is something that kind of shaped all of our childhoods. We wanted to give that back to the other kids of the next generation," said Keuchel.

For a $40 donation, you can receive a chess lesson or sponsor another student to take a lesson.

Since the pandemic started, the brothers have offered virtual lessons through Zoom and other online chess portals.

Last week, the brothers confirmed that they raised enough money so far to provide 57,000 meals across Feeding America and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

"When you see those lines at the food bank on TV, you should also feel good that that was your contribution that helped more people get meals," Keuchel said.

To learn more and take a lesson or donate, click here.