RPS Chess Teams Sweeps K-12 Section at Meadowdale Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament!

On Saturday, May 20th, 51 players from across Central Virginia came together to play chess at the Meadowdale Library in Chesterfield County. 3 RPS Teams coached and sponsored The Richmond Chess Initiative were entered into the top section. Brown and Boushall Middle Schools are part of Next Up RVA. The 3rd team was from Armstrong High School where they participate in A.C.E

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Our players were fighting for their lives as early as round 1. Giovonni, (right) is playing the # 1 seed and Leonardo, (left) is playing the # 2 seed! The day is going to turn out really interesting because for 8 of our 11 RPS players, this is their 1st tournament!

Individual Honors were had by Iceon of Brown 5th Place, Venniecia of Armstrong, 4th place, and Noah of Armstrong, 3rd place!


1st Place Team honors went to Brown’s team of Iceon, Najei,(sitting) Isaac, and Xavier!  2nd Place Team honors went to Armstrong’s team of Venniecia,(sitting) and Noah!  3rd Place Team went to went to Boushall’s team of Giovonni, Amari,(sitting) Xzavian, and Leonardo!


The real team picture. All team honors go out to the players, parents, coaches, Next Up RVA, A.C.E., RCI, and The Virginia Scholastic Chess Association. Changing “hobbies and interest” to “Accomplishments” one child and tournament at a time! Congratulations to all the Rated Tournament Chess Players! Enjoy your new title and continue to pursue being the complete chess personality!

Camps, The RCI Difference!

RCI is a local, full time, tournament chess, training company.  What does that mean?  Let’s go 1 at a time.

Local: If the people that run your camp are not from this area, how can they be customizing the training you will get?  RCI knows on day 1 of the camp what the graduates will be facing if they play in Virginia.  The most important thing about being local is after camp support.  Our Thursday night meetings are specifically designed to support the private, school, group, and camp training that RCI customers are receiving throughout all of Virginia.  This gives students congruence!  Translation, no matter who they ask a question, they will get the same answer from everyone.  When that happens, the student will stop asking questions and get to work!!  Even if you fell in love with another camp and wanted to have a private one for your friends, school, or group, that won’t be possible because these vultures only come around once a year!

Full Time:  If your lessons are coming from a Master or above, they have more core knowledge than a lot of coaches can study.  If they are not a master, what are the tournament ratings and frequency of participation of their students?  How many days a week are they living, eating, drinking, and breathing chess?  When was the last time they went to a tournament?  Come on people, these strangers are asking for $300 – $400 for a week of chess instruction.  How current are their teaching skills?  Are they US Chess Certified?  There’s actually a chess coaching outfit in Richmond that hires part time chess instructors, and advertises, “no experience necessary”!

Tournament Chess:  Notation, 3 time repetition, 50 move rule, the clock, ratings, pairings, en passant, touch move, draws by material, not announcing check, time trouble rules, the title system, etc.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the only way to measure the success of chess instruction is by playing in tournaments.  I saw one instructor advertise how they had brought their rating up to 1700 in just 14 months, but when I checked their US Chess record, they were getting ready to play in their 3rd Annual Scholastic Chess Championship in a row?!  I saw a company in Virginia advertise that it had over 103 active coaches but they were advertising to every affiliate in Virginia looking for a tournament director!!  I saw one person charging $60.00 per hour for lessons claiming to have 14 years of tournament experience. He forgot to mention that for 8 of those years, he had not played a single tournament game.  To this day, he does not have a category! It means that in his entire playing career, he has never had 5 tournament results that would be considered impressive for someone rated 1200!!

Training Company:  The Richmond Chess Initiative is a chess company!  We have training offices, meeting space, are licensed and insured for chess.  No 1 exposure to any chess idea is going to make any difference unless the student has people, places, and events that are in place for them to be nurtured and grow.  The phrase, “Too many cooks spoil the pot!” is as true for chess training as it is for anything else.  RCI is and will continue to be the total package when it comes to, “Tournament” and “Total Chess Personality” training in Virginia.  Invest your chess dollars with us!  We have and will continue to earn it!?

Thanks, Mike C

30 DAY INVESTMENT WILL YIELD 30% RETURN

THIS IS MIKE CALLAHAM WITH SOME AWESOME NEWS ABOUT AN ACQUISITION THE RICHMOND CHESS INITIATIVE IS MAKING!  IF YOU’VE BEEN FOLLOWING, RCI HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE PRO FUNDING SUITE SINCE OCTOBER OF 2016.  THE PRO FUNDING SUITE IS THE PRIMARY PROVIDER OF, “NO AGE REQUIREMENT” WORK AT RCI.  THE OWNER IS RETIRING AND WANTS TO SELL THE BUSINESS AND HE IS GIVING US 1ST SHOT AT IT.  YOU ALL KNOW THAT RCI HAS SPONSORED MORE THAN 1000 EVENTS AT RICHMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, AND SPECIAL EVENTS SINCE 2012.  A FAIR MARKET VALUE OF ABOUT $400,000.00!  WE DON’T HAVE ANY GRANTS!  WE ARE PRIVATELY FUNDED,  ( I PAY FOR ALL OF THIS!).  RCI FINANCES THE MISSION WITH SERVICE CONTRACTS, PRIVATE LESSONS, GROUP LESSONS, CAMPS, AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIONAL COMPANIES THAT WE PROVIDE SALES AND MARKETING SERVICES FOR.  BECOMING THE OWNER OF THIS NATIONAL COMPANY WILL ALLOW RCI TO TRANSFORM CHESS AND YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP INTO SYNONYMS!!

TO MAKE THIS PURCHASE I’M SHORT JUST $1,000.00.  IF THIS WERE THE END OF APRIL, THIS WOULD BE A REPORT OF THE GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN AT RCI, BUT THAT MONEY IS A FEW WEEKS OFF AND HE’S NOT GOING TO WAIT THAT LONG.  IN SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION, HE’S NOT ACCEPTING OTHER OFFERS UNTIL HE GET’S AN ANSWER FROM US!  HE HAS BEEN IN SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION SINCE DAY 1.

I NEED YOUR HELP NOW!!  ALL MONEY RAISED WILL BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE 30 APRIL 2017!

POST UP  $1000.00 AND RECEIVE $1,300.00

POST UP  $750.00 AND RECEIVE $925.00

POST UP $500.00 AND RECEIVE $650.00

POST UP $300.00 AND RECEIVE $400.00

POST UP $200.00 AND RECEIVE $275.00

THIS IS THE 1ST AND THE LAST TIME I WILL EVER ASK DIRECTLY FOR FINANCIAL HELP!  YOU CAN FEEL GREAT KNOWING THE MONEY IS BEING USED TO HELP KIDS AND YOU GOT A GREAT RETURN ON YOUR INVOLVEMENT.  WE ACCEPT  DONATIONS TOO.  We have until Saturday.  Help me post about our success.  Call 804-426-6058