Young folks do battle at the Boy and Girls Club of Greater Richmond

On Saturday July 29th children from the Boys and Girls club of Greater Richmond.  The 4 contestants were Christopher Collins, Anton Wilson, Iyana Scroggins, and London Rise.  The play format was a Quad.  This is an everyone plays everyone setting.

Here, 12 year old Head Coach for Boushall Middle School, Giovonnie Pearson watches the board as an assistant referee. G-Man as he is called is ensuring that the game is recorded and that if a piece is touched and the player wants to make a claim, there will be no disputes.

3x weighted pieces, vinyl board, and quiver are winners choice.

Books, clocks and hats were also for the taking for winners

What a selection!

After 2 rounds of grueling battle Alton has 1.5, Christopher has 1.5, Iyana has 1, and London has 0.  What’s always good recovery food after a couple games of tournament chess?  That’s right ……… Pizza

Papa John’s pizza is comfort food!

When the battle is done, Alton and Christopher are tied for 1st, Iyana get’s second and London takes 3rd!

Christopher and Alton tied for 1st and were both allowed to pick a 1st place prize

the whole happy gang

Get your kids involved with RCI!  We have it all.  World class instruction, free weekly workshops at our own office, work and community service opportunities for the kids, and tournaments to test and document their skill.  Hope to see you at our, “Fearless Tournament Openings” camp, August 14th – 18th right here at Create Space.  Your tournament player will definitely thank you.


14 year old coach gets title of National Master, 12 yr old accepts coaching position!!

File Photo. He’s taller and I’m smaller

Jason Morefield is now a National Master!  He took 1st place in the under 2200 section with an undefeated score of 6-0-2.  His performance rating for this event was 2435!  We are proud to have Jason on our staff and know he will keep up the amazing things he does!  Just imagine the future we could build if we could duplicate him over, and over, and over!?  I’m gonna keep trying, and he’s gonna keep helping me…. so who knows!!  A couple hundred Jasons running around… this world would surely be a better place!  Good luck at your other tournaments this summer.  2300 here he comes!  From now on, I’m going to have to keep getting him to autograph everything!

Najei Rodwell: RCI’s newest Coach

On Saturday June 10th Najei Rodwell accepted a position as coach for RCI.  Najei is 12 years old and attends Lucille Brown Middle School in Richmond.  Najei has been an enthusiastic part of our chess team all year.  He has competed in tournaments and helped Lucille Brown earn it’s 1st place team award at the Meadowdale Spring Classic that was held in May.  Now his efforts are going to pay off with a some cash, a bolstered high school application, college application, and resume.  Keep building, the sky’s the limit!

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!

Writing Down The Games You Play Is A Must!!!

Nalin Jha (1544) – Christopher Johnson (518) [D51]

Meadowdale Fall, 15.10.2016

This is what I call the peril of the 1st round. This 518 player shows the 1544 why you can’t go by someones rating. Christopher comes with an awesome story. I ‘ve seen him at just a couple of tournaments. He came out from a win while I was providing free analysis and he starts going on about describing his win and I said whoa, whoa, whoa, I need a scoresheet to see that. He, gave that look of shame and said he didn’t keep score of games.  I gave him my lecture about notation, showed him how to take notation and sent him on his way. After some sarcasm from me and serious prodding by his mother, he brings a scoresheets from his next rounds. At this tournament, he was taking notation!


  I got to look at the game with both players. The result is a great lesson in Queens Gambit Theory and as valuable a lesson in opposite side castling. There’s something here for every taste, temperment, and skill level!! Christopher lost this game.  The good news, is he wound up in a simular position later in the tournament and won because of our post mortem analysis. That does make a coach feel good!! Why take notation?  It calms you down, intimidates your opponent, (so does a clock) and makes you want to create something worth looking at.  To be honest, I don’t record all of my games, just the ones I really want to win and especially when I play someone for the 1st time!  1.d2-d4 d7-d5 2.c2-c4 e7-e6 3.b1–c3 g8-f6 4.c1–g5 h7-h6?! The only time he looks a little like a 500 player by challenging the bishop too early but most higher rated players want more than just a little mistake from their opponents! As far as tournament tactics are concerned, a person rated much higher or much lower may be able to get away with this move. [¹4…f8-e7; ¹4…f8-b4] 5.g5-h4 c7-c6 6.e2-e3 b8-d7 7.g1–f3 d7-b6?! 8.c4-c5 b6-d7 9.f1–d3 f8-e7 10.d1–c2 0–0


11.0–0–0? White castled to the wrong side. White gets a standard queenside pull with by just going kingside! Instead black get’s the initiative and an impossible short game attack against the improperly castled king! [¹11.0–0 b7-b5 (11…b7-b6 12.b2-b4 a7-a5 13.a2-a3 c8-b7±) 12.a2-a3 a7-a5 13.h2-h3 f6-h5 14.h4xe7 (14.d3-h7+ g8-h8 15.h4xe7 d8xe7 16.h7-d3 c8-a6 17.b2-b4 a6-b7±

nalin2Black’s light squared bishop will be a game long problem!) 14…d8xe7 15.f1–e1 c8-a6 16.b2-b4 a5xb4 17.a3xb4 h5-f6 18.c2-b2 f8-b8±


The misery of black’s white squared bishop will not go away.] 11…b7-b6!„ 12.c3-a4 [12.g2-g4! Trying to get there 1st. To really understand how stronger players look at this, black is already there 1st!? Black gets to look at it that way and think it important because the king is over there. If the king were on the other side, white would play b2-b4! 12…b6xc5 13.h1–g1 c5xd4 14.e3xd4 c6-c5! open, open, open. 15.g4-g5 f6-h5 16.d3-b5 c5-c4 17.g1–g4 h6xg5 18.h4xg5 e7xg5+ 19.f3xg5 d7-f6


12.e3-e4?! b6xc5 13.e4-e5 f6-e8 14.h4xe7 d8xe7 15.h1–e1 c5xd4 16.f3xd4 c8-b7

nalin512.c5xb6 This was the variation we looked at after the game. 12…c6-c5!? (‹12…a7xb6?! This yields less than trying to fully open the wing. 13.c1–b1 c6-c5 14.d3-b5 c8-b7 15.h1–g1 a8-c8 16.c2-a4 c5xd4 17.a4xd4 b7-c6 18.b5-e2 e7-c5 19.d4-d3 13.f3-e5 (13.b6xa7 c5-c4 14.d3-e2 a8xa7 15.f3-e5 £d8-b6 16.g2-g4 e7-b4 17.h4xf6 g7xf6 18.e5-f3 b4xc3 19.b2xc3 a7-a3 20.c1–d2 b6-a5 21.d1–b1 e6-e5 22.f3-h4 a3xa2 23.b1–b2 a2xb2 24.c2xb2 e5xd4 25.e3xd4 a5-c7 26.d2-e1 f8-e8 27.h4-f5 c7-f4 28.b2-d2 f4-f3 29.h1–g1 d7-b6 30.f5xh6+ g8-g7 31.g4-g5 e8xe2+ 32.d2xe2 f3xc3+ 33.e2-d2 c3-a1+ 34.d2-d1 a1–c3+=


13…d7xe5 14.d4xe5 f6-d7 15.h4xe7 d8xe7 16.f2-f4 a7xb6³


This is nice too.; 12. c2-a4!? White responds by getting one of the vulnerable pieces off the, “c” file without loss of time. 12…c8-b7 13.a4-b3 d8-c8 14.b3-a3 b6xc5 15.c3-a4 b7-a6 16.h4xf6 d7xf6 17.d3-c2 f6-d7 18.a4xc5 a6-c4 19.a3-a5 d7xc5 20.d4xc5 a8-b8 21. f3-d4 c8-d7


12…b6xc5 13.h4xf6 e7xf6 14.a4xc5 d8-a5 15.c5-a4 c8-b7 16.c1–b1 f6-e7 17.a4-c3 c6-c5³



What an awesome study! I will never be able to over emphasize the importance of writing down and going back over the games we play. The lines we saw at the board were good, but analysis revealed that there were a lot of important Ideas we never considered that will be important in this and other types of positions. Good job gentleman.  Look forward to seeing more of your games in the future. Mike C

For those who refuse to record their games, you will miss how great you could be.  If not one single game you play is noteworthy, you’ll never be able to show anyone how good you are!