Lots of K-12 students across our area can be brought together to enjoy the life-long benefits of chess using multiple integrated approaches. Learn more below!
When using these lesser quality sets often times made of small hollow plastic pieces that were easily knocked over event at the slighted movement would disrupt board positions causing and cause students to argue. This often caused instructional disruption wasting time. Once tournament quality sets and later chess tournament quality clocks were introduced these same students respected these higher quality items and instruction disruptions immediately dissipated. The simple lesson – provide quality materials to support quality instruction and students will give you quality behaviors (self – discipline).
Keep in mind chess events are time limited, therefore having durable clocks that require little to no maintenance, save for batteries to power them, allows for years of use after initial purchase.
- Archer Style Chess Sets
- ZMF II Style Solid State Chess Clocks
Also, other items such a prizes in the form of personal chess clocks, professional sets, etc. are also offered to those that place in addition to trophies for their over the board accomplishments.
Playing ACES CHESS goal is to have a minimum of 12 annual rated events the conservative cost is ~ $750 – $1,250 depending on the event type. This includes the event recording fee that the United States Chess Federation (USCF) charges to record official rated events. Playing ACES CHESS is always looking for event only sponsors to cover these cost. Any participation fees charged are at a level to replenish these items for the next event.
(1) Elementary School Team (k-5) (8 students including a parent/student)
(2) Middle School Team (6-8) (8 students including 2 chaperones)
(3) High School Team (9-12) (8 students including 2 chaperones)
(4) Plus 1 coach for each Team level
The Virginia Scholastic Chess Association (VSCA) maintains a state wide calendar of these rated events. Therefore, the first priority for support will be for rated events within a few hours drive of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. Also, click here to learn about a study in rating progression and why starting young matters.
1st – Use the bulk membership program option offered by the USCF. Simply put, the more students compiled for annual membership under a single process the cheaper membership is to the individual family without loss benefits from such membership. After all why would anyone not want to save over 35+% in membership fees. The advantage to USCF membership is access to training materials and other chess centric information for K-12 students and their parents.
2nd – Use the bulk membership option offered by the Internet Chess Club (ICC) to engage more rural K-12 students in online high quality chess instructional materials and events that they can have access to 24/7/365. These tools are designed by the world’s leading chess Masters/Grand Masters. Once a student has the basics, and like with any sport or activity, it is all about practice to get better. After all why would a parents not want to save > 75% individual annual ICC membership cost via the use of bulk memberships.
Bottom line, Playing ACES CHESS desires to add value to each students K-12 chess experience by being prepared to offered the basics or to advocate for emerging talent and to help those deserving student achieve chess success.