Sean Jordan Manross was born April 10, 1992, in Anaheim Hills, California. Primarily known as the President of the Southern California Chess Federation, an award-winning national US Chess Governance Official and a member of the FIDE (World Chess Federation) Commission for the Disabled. For over a decade, he was a successful scholastic chess player, winning the Fullerton City Chess Championship four years in a row (2006-2010), the Morrison and Staser Scholastic Orange County, California Championships eight years in a row (2002-2010), the 45th American Open Scholastic Chess Championship (2010), and he earned two scholarships to the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) at Texas Tech University by placing second in the Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls, in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In non-age restricted open tournament chess, Manross was the East Idaho Open champion (2010).
Manross earned the FIDE titles, Arena International Master (2015) and FIDE Instructor (2016) and he possesses an International Organizer norm (2016) and a FIDE Arbiter norm (2017). Manross, a scholastic chess coach, is also the author of multiple academic-style chess history books...most notably, "Mastering Chess: Through the Ages," which is known for its historical hypothosis which attempts to decipher the origins of the most dominant player of the 17th-Century, Gioachino Greco.
Sean Manross is a vocal advocate for Disabled and Special Circumstances chess players, worldwide. In International Chess Governance, Sean was nominated to serve on the FIDE Commission for the Disabled and was formally confirmed following the Batumi FIDE Chess Congress, on November 6, 2018.
At the US Open held in Norfolk, Virginia (August 2017), Manross attended his freshman US Chess Governance meetings, where he was officially appointed as an Accessibility and Special Circumstances Committee Member, the Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the Drafting of US Chess Guidelines on the Treatment of Chess Players with Disabilities and he was nominated and appointed as a US Chess Delegate from Southern California. In November 2017, Manross was promoted to the leadership role of Vice-Chairman of the US Chess Accessibility and Special Circumstances Committee and he simultaneously became a member of the US Chess Outreach Committee. Over the course of the year, Sean was routinely credited by diverse sources as a driving force behind the Accessibility and Special Circumstances Committee being on-track to earn the coveted US Chess Committee of the Year honors, for 2018.
Ultimately, at the following US Open, in Middleton, Wisconsin (August 2018), Manross was formally recognized for his outstanding service to the US Chess Federation as the Vice Chairman and an integral leader of the US Chess Committee of the Year, Accessibility and Special Circumstances. Following this award, he was transferred by the US Chess Executive Board to help revitalize the US Chess Clubs Committee. During the US Chess Delegate's Meeting of the same year, in his first-ever National Delegate's Motion (NDM 18-07), Sean created the title of "Dean of Scholastic Chess" and moved that the Delegates award the title to his mentor, Dewain Barber, for his lifetime commitment to Scholastic Chess. NDM 18-07 was co-sponsored by 19 delegates, representing over a dozen state affiliates, and, following Manross' speech to the delegates of the 119th Congress, the motion successfully carried with rare, unanimous acclamation, through standing ovation.
In chess governance at the state level, Manross is one of the youngest Presidents of the Southern California Chess Federation, in history, having been elected to that office at the age of 26, in September 2018. He also serves as the SCCF's Scholastic Committee Chairman; Southern California State Scholastic Chess Coordinator; Co-Chairman of the SCCF's Women's Committee and a member of the SCCF's US Chess Representation Committee. Manross has hosted the Southern California Chess Federation's official State Championship (2018) and served as this event's Chief Tournament Director.
Manross is an active editor and columnist for the Southern California Chess Federation's official magazine, Rank and File, and has been honored to serve, annually, as an official judge for Chess Journalists of America.