Chess… Tool or Toy!?

If you want a chess scholarship from US Chess, here is the criteria.  Get on board as soon as possible.  Once you read this you should have a better understanding of why chess is such a good application builder and why chess deserves to be listed under the, “Accomplishments” instead of, “Hobbies and Interests”!  Chess can be a tool or a toy.  The choice is yours!!!

By US Chess|January 5, 2018|Administration, College, Kids, News
Are you a chess player and a scholar? If you’re a US Chess member, and a high school junior or senior, please apply for the 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Award. Download the 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Application (Word file).
If you are a current US Chess member you are eligible to apply for a 2018 National Scholar-Chessplayer award if you:

Played in at least 25 Regular-rated US Chess or FIDE games during calendar year 2017. Games that are not regular rated do not count towards the 25 game requirement.  

Have shown outstanding achievement both in academics and chess

Completed at least one year of chess-related community service since the beginning of 9th Grade

Articulate in an essay (of 500 words or less) how your selection as a 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer will enable you to further your education, and continue your chess activities in the future

A total of five awards of $1,500.00 each will be presented for a total of $7,500.00 in scholarship money. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible. These scholarships are awarded annually by US Chess, and funded by the US Chess Trust and The National Scholastic Chess Foundation. They recognize outstanding high school students who promote a positive image of chess.

Applications are available here.

Applications are scored equally in four areas: Academics, Chess Playing, Community Contributions, and the Personal Essay. Contact Susan Kantor, Scholastics Associate, at the US Chess Office, (931) 787-1234 x136 or email skantor@uschess.org with any questions.

Your completed application consists of the documents listed below. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated by the selection committee.

The cover page of the Application, which contains basic information about yourself.

Your high school transcripts showing all courses and grades.
Your SAT or ACT scores (pre-SAT scores are not acceptable).
Evidence that you have played at least 25 US Chess or FIDE rated games during calendar year 2017.
A list and brief description of your best Chess Accomplishments.
Examples of your Chess-related Community Service since the beginning of 9th Grade or later.
A letter of recommendation from a teacher in a current or former school you have attended in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
A letter of recommendation from a Chess Coach or Tournament Director.
A letter of support from someone other than a parent, guardian or relative, attesting to the nature, duration and impact of your chess-related community service. We also encourage you to submit newspaper articles or web-based stories as evidence.
Your essay of no more than 500 words describing how your being recognized as a Scholar-Chessplayer would help you continue contributing to the greater US Chess community in the future.
OPTIONAL: A recent color photograph of yourself, either a headshot or full-length.
You can send your application to us in two ways—email or regular mail. If you use email, we must receive your application by Friday, March 2nd, 2018. If you send your application by one of many available postal carriers, it must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Recipients who attend the 2018 National High School Chess Championship in Columbus, OH on April 27th – 29th, 2018, will be recognized at the event. Attending the 2018 Nationals tournament is not a requirement to be eligible for the 2018 Scholar-ChessPlayer Award.

Send your completed application to:

US Chess Federation

Attn: Susan Kantor

P.O. Box 3967 Crossville, TN 38557-3967

OR Email – Attn: Susan Kantor at skantor@uschess.org

No matter what you want to do in the field of chess, to be a complete chess personality means, you can’t play all the time!!  Strong coach, referee, and organizer activities and certifications will sometimes mitigate your rating, but never the other way around!!  Just being an applicant for this scholarship is an accomplishment worthy of discernment on a college or employment application!!  Master the rules, record your games, and continually prepare for increased leadership!  Stop playing around!! lol

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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!

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

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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