For over 50 years the US Military has hosted the Armed Forces Chess Championship. A well known champion and 5x champion of this event was US Air Force Sargent Emory Tate. Sgt Tate’s style earned him great respect in the chess community. To view some of his games go to Chessgames.com. The Armed Forces Open (AFO) now has separate a Military Veterans Open (MVO) specifically for former and retired honorably discharged military veterans from all branches of services including the the Merchant Marines and the USPHS. Click here to learn more about the new annual MVO event that starts in October 2016.
Madison House has been supporting our K-12 chess outreach efforts since 2012. Greg Dorsey, former UVA student, and now a teacher at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s helped establish Madison House as a primary source of UVA student leadership in helping to provide mature mentors to help K-12 students, especially K-8 students develop their sense of chess. Click here to learn more about Greg’s efforts in helping Playing ACES CHESS connect with various UVA student groups to grow K-12 chess. Student volunteers from Madison House form a sustainable core of mentors for established programs at Boys & Girls Club (Cherry Avenue), Computers for Kids, City of Promise (Westhaven Community Center), and emerging programs at the Main Street First Baptist Church and other locations.
Members of the UVA Chess Team, a very competitive group of UVA chess playing students, have several Expert (2000+), Master (2200+) and near Grand Master (2400+) rated players that compete in various collegiate chess events. They have focused their efforts on working with some of the most talented K-12 players in our area helping them advance their respective games.
Click here to go to the KPI’s page to learn more about the participation rates of these strategic partners in helping to deliver current and future K-12 chess experiences to area students. If you are part of any the above groups and wish to support the growth of K-12 chess in our area please complete this online Survey Monkey survey (Coming Very Soon). Our goal by 2020 is to have > 2,000 K-12 students playing chess and growing from what it has to offer as a life long learning tool.