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

Helping young minds discover possibilities via chess!

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.…is a group of  teachers, parents, and interested community leaders who recognize the importance of developing critical and creative thinking skills in every student using chess as the vehicle to teach these skills.  Remember that Chess is best played in the mind, not by the mouth.”    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. … 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.”  

FundAnything-Chess

FIDE, the world governing chess, states – Gens Una Sumus (We are One Family).  Because “We are One Family” take a moment to learn more about the vision of peace through sports Peace and Sport.   Our site continues to be a work in progress.  Please share your program ideas!  Also remember to be kind!  Thank you!

Barry Keith – Secreatry of Chess on Stamps Study Unit (CoSSU)

Monticello High School teacher Barry Keith is the Secretary for the Chess on Stamps Study Unit (CoSSU) as that is part of Chess on Stamps as a not-for-profit entity who is an official affiliate of both the American Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association. I remember stamp collecting as a kid with my dad.  He is …

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Chess Journalism – Elementary to High School

Nearly every school in the US has some sort of Yearbook from Elementary School to High School that records the activities of the students, parents and faculty during the course of the school year.  PTOs/PTAs or students who are members of their Yearbook team can help spread the word about chess in their own words. …

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Crazy for Chess in Richmond

Some people will do just about anything to get kids to play chess.  My good friend and chess colleague in Richmond, Mike Callaham, is doing just that with the Richmond Chess Initiative’s – King Philidor! He makes appearances at elementary schools, libraries, chess clubs, and any children’s chess events.  Chess is on and poppin’ in the …

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Area Students Gain Valuable Experience in K-12 State Chess Championship

Local K-12 chess players engaged with some of Virginia’s best young K-12 chess talent  gaining valuable experience as they begin their individual and team assents to chess excellence over the next few years.  Monticello HS played host to Virginia Scholastic Chess Championships 13-15 March, 2015 starting Friday night with Blitz event the the two day 6 …

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