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.”  

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!


Ash Lawn – Highland to host February K-12 Chess Event

In honor of our American Presidents, many of whom were avid chess players, the management team at Ash Lawn – Highland, home of President James Monroe, will host the 1st Annual Presidents K-12 Open. The event will be held Saturday, 13 February 2016, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The event is in two Sections (Rated & Unrated) with …

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3rd Annual Keswick Hall K-12 Open Now Scheduled

Once again the beautiful Keswick Hall will be the venue for the Playing ACES CHESS  3rd Annual Keswick Hall Open.  The event will have two major sections: Rated Section – For players with USCF memberships who are gaining experience via playing other rated players.   Players in this section must have a current USCF registration …

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More Requests for Chess Clubs Than Current Capacity can Handle

This is a double edge sword.  Playing ACES CHESS is pleased to report that more schools (and parents) want chess programs; however, some programs will have to be delayed due to limited volunteer capacity.  Mr. Nate cannot be everywhere and many UVA student volunteers are limited by not having transportation.  This limits them to supporting …

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The US Presidents and Chess

Three of first five Presidents of the United States lived near Charlottesville, Virginia.  These were Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.  Chess has been a part of many of the lives our leaders.  The World Chess Hall of Fame takes great pride in sharing how that the game of chess has been played by many …

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