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.”  


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CBGS Chess Tournment

Cheapeake Bay Governor’s School Chess Event Successful

The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (CBGS) hosted the first Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck Regional Chess Tournament at Tappahannock’s Old Beale Church on January 24th. Students from surrounding districts participated in the free unrated tournament which was organized to help spark chess interest in area schools. To prepare their students for the event, area high …

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2015 Virginia Scholastic & Collegiate Chess Championships Coming

 Click on logo or here to register and learn more! Come join the fun of playing chess! VSCA needs volunteers to help with this event.  Please go here to learn more.  

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Females and Minorities in Chess

I was wondering why more minorities and females don’t play chess? There has been alot of intense debate and pointed discussion on these issues.  But, in my 50 years playing the game it comes down to two simple observations: First, encouragement, meaning that regardless if parents or guardians play the game every child can play …

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Playing ACES working with CBGS regarding Chess in Schools

Playing ACES CHESS is aiding chess outreach to Virginia’s Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck through the efforts of ACES’ Director of Expansion and previous Collegiate Coordinator Gregory Dorsey, now a Physics teacher at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (CBGS) in Tappahannock Virginia. Mr. Dorsey’s new chess team and school are hosting a regional tournament open …

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