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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!

IRS 501c3 Status Received for Playing ACES CHESS

Effective 03 September 2014 and effective 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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K-12 Chess in Education & the Community – A Growing Trend in Fall 2014

The 2014/2015 Academic Year will be quite exciting for the growth of K-12 chess in our area.  Playing ACES CHESS currently supports a number of schools and more schools are asking for chess programs.  Our Fall 2014 schedule is as follows and all program are 1st come 1st serve due to limit space size at …

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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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