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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 honour 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!

Mustang Chess Tournament to be held 03 May 2014 @ Monticello HS

To download the event flyer with all the details please click - MonticelloFlyer_May2014. OR Click here to access this information on the Playing ACES CHESS calendar for more details. ——————————————————————————————- What  Scholastic Tournament: 4 Sections … K5 Open and Not-Rated, and K12 Open and Not-Rated. Quad Tournament: For adults and those Advanced K-12 players who want a greater challenge. The number …

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Initial Members of the ALL ACES CHESS Unified Team have formed

29 March 2014 witnessed the birth in Albermarle County / Charlottesville City of the first ever K-12 Unified Chess Team in this area.   Thanks to the support of the UVa Chess Club/Chess Team and current club president Bill Su seven young chess players {(4) sixth graders and (3) 4th graders} will be embarking on …

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Extending the Program – ALL ACES Unified Chess Team Tryouts

UVA Chess Club President, Bill Su and the members of the UVA Chess Team are leading the effort to identify and work with the future Charlottesville/Albemarle Unified Playing ACES Chess Team.    The UVA Chess Team is presently the Virginia States Collegiate Chess Champions. To learn more about the All ACES K-12 (aka Unified) Chess Team …

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Teen Tech Girls Learning and Playing Chess

After many weather related delays Teen Tech Girls held its Girls’ Geek Day event at Crozet Elementary School from 1-4 pm on 15 March 2014.  Among the several activities was chess.  The Founder of Playing ACES CHESS, Nate Szejniuk, provided introduction on chess to girls ranging in ages from elementary to high school.   Some …

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