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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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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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Chess Richmond Area Schools

Mike Callaham in Richmond is doing great things with chess for K-12 kids in Richmond.  Please click here to learn more about how Richmond has engaged chess in their area schools. After speaking with Mr. Callaham Playing ACES CHESS is planning some challenge events between schools here in Charlottesville and Richmond.  Perhaps we will be …

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VSCA Donates 60 Tournament Chess Sets to Playing ACES CHESS

Mike Hoffpauir, the Director of the Virginia Scholastic Chess Association (VSCA), has donated 60 tournament quality chess sets with boards to Playing ACES CHESS to help grow the K-12 chess program in our area.   These sets will now be loaned to schools and community organizations during the 2014-2015 SY.  Some of those groups receiving sets …

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IRS 501c3 Status Received for Playing ACES CHESS

Effective 03 September 2014 and retroactive back to 09 October 2012 Playing ACES CHESS is officially a 501c3 Public Charitable Organization.   Playing ACES CHESS will be expanding our collective impact strategy, as shown in the below strategy map, for the development of K-12 chess with our growing number community partners and interested parents over the next several weeks and months. …

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