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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 honor 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!

Belated news – K-12 Unified Team

UVA student and Playing ACES CHESS K-12 Unified Team Coach, Hunter Torres, cheered on members of the growing K-12 Unified Chess Team as they played in the Maggie L. Walker, Fall Scholastic tournament in Richmond, Va. On 15 November 2014. This was a four round event.  Click here to learn more about how rounds work in different chess tournament …

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Kids in Richmond are doing great things with K-12 Chess

At the Peter Hopkins Memorial Tournament held at Hopewell High School December 13, The Richmond Middle School Chess League walked away with 3 trophies and 2 medals!  This tournament was sponsored by the VSCA,(Virginia Scholastic Chess Association) and drew 51 players from the central, eastern and northern parts of the common wealth.  This was an open …

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Scouts to have Chess Event on 07 February 2015

Scouts who live within the boundaries of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council (including the Virginia Skyline Council – map) along with their non-scouting chess playing friends are eligible to participate in what will be known as the 2015 SJAC ALL Scouts Chess Challenge. The Charlottesville Catholic School will play location host to this 1st ever event.  This event …

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Playing ACES CHESS Fundraisers for 2014/2015 – Time to Expand

We have started our 1st of several fundraisers to support the expansion of K-12 chess education in our area.  Please click on this first link to learn more about this initial campagin: https://www.booster.com/playingaceschess-fundraiser (30 days: 01 Dec 14 – 01 Jan 15) http://www.booster.com/paces-allgirls-fundraiser (30 days: 02 Dec 14 – 03 Jan 15) (Also Click here) https://www.booster.com/k-12allaceschessunifiedteam …

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