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


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

Play and Learn with us on Thursdays from 6-10 pm

Thursday was a good day to come by the club.  We had 14 people pass through aged 4-54.  Ratings started at just over 500 and we even had a visit from a strong 1900 player.  We had 2 very special lessons on material and how to evaluate a position.  Everyone was very pleased.  We have space for up to 30 players in 2 large rooms.  Join the fun.  RCI has a home at Create Space.  Hopefully you will find a home with us.  Remember, we offer private lessons, group lessons, camps, lectures, simuls, coach training, refereeing, and organizing help and advice.  We are VA’s Premier Tournament Chess, Professional Development, and Entrepreneurial Training Company.

That open table is for you!


Apprentice Training is underway!

RCI Apprentice Training

RCI’s apprentice training is underway!  These young people are learning about professional behavior and entrepreneurial development on Saturdays.  It was beautiful to watch as these 11, 12, and 14 year old middleschoolers wrote out their goals list.  75% of everything they wanted to spend their earnings on was for other people to be happy.  We are proud to give them the chance to increase their earnings now and prepare for college knowing that they already have a good paying opportunity.  Persons completing the RCI Apprentice Program are automatically promoted to an Area manager when they begin college.  The increase in compensation allows them to simply do the same thing they were doing before they left.  Our goal is a seamless financial transition to university life that is intrinsically linked to community service and “no age requirement” prosperity!

Summer is coming… we hire chess players, stay at home parents, bilinguals, veterans, and foster children with no sales or marketing experience.  Teachers are welcome to apply for summer work as well.  Call Mike C at 804=426-6058.

Know a business owner that is looking for funding or credit?  $10,000 – $10,000,000 is available!  Receive a $250 finders fee for your referral!

More to come about this unique and beneficial program!