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(Active Chess Education Experience for all Students via Communities Helping Educate Successful Scholars)

….is a group of  teachers, parents, and interested community leaders who recognize the importance of developing critical and creative thinking skills in every student by using chess as the vehicle to teach these skills.  Remember that Chess is best played in the mind, not by the mouth. In other words act, don’t just talk!”, Founders of Playing ACES CHESS.   To help us expand the program please consider a donation.  Please go to our program funding page to learn more.  The website is designed to be easy to use and logical to understand.  Local PTO leaders, parents or School Administrators can contact us to set up a face to face meeting in order to learn more.  

Consider this quote from T.H. White:

“The best thing for being sad, … is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”  


Our site continues to be a work in progress.  Please share your program ideas!  Also remember to be kind!

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Torres to Join Playing ACES CHESS

Hunter (Justin) Torres is a first year student at the University for Virginia. He is an active chess player with a current USCF rating of over 1650 (Class B player). He taught the chess classes at the Champions for Christ homeschool co-op for 3 years.  Hunter was a very active member of the Culpepper Chess Club …

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UVA Madison House Co-Eds to Support Playing ACES CHESS Program

Alexa Liedke and Katherine Hitchcock will be serving as the new Madison House Playing ACES CHESS Program Directors, a role Greg Dorsey had been doing for the last three years supporting this community-based K-12 chess education development organization.   Alexa Liedke is a  2nd year (Major – Middle Eastern Language and Culture &(hopefully) Global Security and Justice) and Katherine Hitchcock is a 2nd year (Major –  Foreign Affairs …

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UVA Student Chess Volunteers to Pursue Recognition

This year Playing ACES CHESS in collaboration with the student volunteers from Madison House, Alpha Phi Omega, Curry School – Day in the Life Program and other community-based chess volunteers will have the chance to register their volunteer service hours to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSC).   Playing ACES CHESS is a certifying agency for …

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Greg Dorsey moves on but is still involved

While former UVA student Greg Dorsey (Linked-In) has moved on to teach physics in Eastern Virginia at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, he still helps Playing ACES CHESS remotely.  Greg continues to support the Founder of Playing ACES CHESS and works remotely via Insightformation’s InsightVision strategy-aligned management tool, Skype and email to offer advice and guidance …

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