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!

VPOST Conference Presentation on K-12 Chess

Playing ACES CHESS (Nate Szejniuk), Richmond Chess Initiative (Mike Callaham) and Gregory Dorsey (Chesapeake Bay Governors School) will be making a collaborative presentation at the Virginia Partnership for Out of School Time (VPOST) Fall Conference on 05 October 2015 taking place at the Boar’s Head Conference Center.  The breakout session is entitled: Chess – Sustainable Impact …

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Chess in Ferguson

The blog from the Huffington Post by GM Maurice Ashley leaves one thinking about the nature of hope!  The comments that follow the article are interesting too.

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Jennifer Yu

Pawn Sacrifice – Sober Comments

I vividly remember the Fischer’s days!  The NPR interview on 16 September, 2015 by Robert Siegel with GM Andy Soltris discussed the movie Pawn Sacrifice.  The movie is about the only American, Robert James “Bobby” Fischer, to attain the World Chess Championship crown.  Siegel opens by stating that the movie is very much set in the background of the …

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Back to School Chess Event

A 5 round open K-12 chess event at Monticello HS.  Middle school students Aaron Osborne (Walton MS), Josiah Howard & Tai Carr (Home School) and Krishan Permual (Sutherland MS) dominated the field.  Much thanks goes to Adam McGill (Monitcello HS) for working with MHS foreign language teacher,  Barry Keith, to arrange this area’s 1st SY 2015/2016 …

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