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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!

Virginia Scholastic K-12 and Collegiate Chess Championships Coming to C-ville

VSCA (Virginia Scholastic Chess Association) will hold the 2015 Virginia Scholastic K-12/Collegiate Chess Championships here in Charlottesville.  Typically 1000 or more K-12 students and their families and collegiate students will descend in peaceful harmony to engage the one tool that unlocks so many doors when properly trained – the mind!  In this case, the mind …

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World Chess Championship 2014 – Carlsen Remains Champion

While I wish I were in Sochi, Russia taking in the festivities I am content to sit back and experience the analysis of this rematch.  After 4 games Anand v Carlsen are 2 – 2.  It takes 6.5/12 points to win the crown as the World Champion of Chess. A number of websites are available so you …

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ANU Group Pics

ANU Supporting K-12 Chess

While UVA played UNC on Saturday, 25 October 2014 fourteen eager K-8 graders (13 boys and 1 girl) played a 4 round event at the Charlottesville campus of American National University in three playing groups:  Middle School Group (6th – 8th Grade);  Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th Grade); and, Lower Elementary Group (K – 2nd …

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Moonlighting to Support Growing Need for Private Chess Coaches

On 16 Oct 2014 I was privileged to witness the launch of an amazing application known as Moonlighting.  In an economy where the need to espouse the values of the Founding Fathers of independence and self-reliance this new application is indeed – revolutionary and could not be more timely! An immediate benefit to Playing ACES CHESS …

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