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!

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Strategy – Thinking Creatively for Critical Mass

Many years ago the UNCF began to use and still uses the phrase “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”.  That is true! In today’s society we often wonder how to plan our next moves with so many options facing us.  But, more importantly the choices facing our children.   I just finished reading this article …

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DITL, APO and Madison House Rallying to Help

Student volunteers are critical to expanding the chess experience efforts taking place under the Playing ACES CHESS umbrella for the K-12 community. Playing ACES CHESS hopes to reach 5% of the K-12 student population in our area’s public, private and home school venues to have them playing chess weekly in local school and community-based programs by the …

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K-12 Chess Still Growing

K-12 chess continues to grow in Charlottesville area.  Since it”s humble beginings Playing ACES CHESS has worked to bring chess in the form of competitive events and chess education to both school and community-based venue for the K-12 Charlottesville community.  The table below shows the  overall unique participants by gender and grade level since inception and does not yet …

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1st Annual SJAC All Scouts Chess Tournament – Success

Wow! What a great day at Charlottesville Catholic School for a Scouting chess event.  Parents and scouts were so excited that all 18 registerd scouts, including two non-scouts, arrived early.  This allowed the event to get started early and the five schedule finish 5 rounds (90 games) ahead of schedule.           …

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