Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

SVCC February-March 2017 Newsletter

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

February-March 2017 Newsletter

“Chess is everything: art, science, sport.”
— Anatoly Karpov, World Champion 1975-1985

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

An Exciting January for Chess in the Valley!

Chess Extravaganza with
USCF Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell

On Saturday, January 28 at Handley Library, SVCC hosted its first Chess Extravaganza at Handley Library.  USCF Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell joined the group for several hours of simultaneous exhibition and inspirational learning.

Jonathan Maxwell -- a true aficionado and genuine Ambassador of Chess -- also shared his passionate love for the game through instructive lessons and a great speech on its value in lifelong education. An article was featured in the Winchester Star on Monday, January 30th.
Mr. Maxwell has founded a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing chess in U.S. schools.
For more information, please visit:

Maxwell Chess Foundation

Thank you Johnathan Maxwell, Handley Library Staff, and Winchester Star for supporting this memorable occasion! Most of all, thank you to everyone who participated!  We all learned something new!


Stephens City Chess Club On the Rise!

Also in January, a new Chess Club has gained momentum at Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia.  A local middle school student named Matthew is leading the charge.  His goal is to increase chess outreach in Frederick County Public Schools.

Matthew's story was featured in an inspiring article by The Winchester Star on Friday, January 20, 2017 -- "Teenage Chess Guru Starts Club of His Own"

The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at 10:00am. 

Dates will be posted on SVCC website. 

However, they are currently developing a website of their own, so stay tuned: 

Congratulations Matthew!  We are with you all the way!

3rd Annual SVCC Junior Tournament
K-8th Grade
The George Washington Hotel
Winchester, Virginia
10:00 a.m.

We are excited to announce the 3rd Annual SVCC Junior Tournament, Saturday, March 11 at The George Washington Hotel.  This tournament has become our most anticipated and celebrated event of the year.

We have expanded this year's event for two sections:
Quads for K-5th grade
Random Swiss Pairing for 6-8th grade

Trophies and Medals will be awarded to Top Finishers.

This family-friendly, unrated event is designed to familiarize students with formal tournament play.

Cost for participation is $15.

Free for parents, siblings, and spectators. A fun zone of mini-games and basic lessons will be provided.

We are seeking sponsors and donations to offset costs and fund the remaining 2017 year.

Registration Information and Flyers Will Be Posted Monday, February 20th.


Virginia Chess Federation

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club has renewed its affiliation with the United States Chess Federation and will soon conduct nationally rated events. 

In addition, SVCC has begun working with the Virginia Chess Federation as major step towards greater involvement with the statewide chess community.

Our events will be posted on both USCF and VCF websites.  You can also expect more news on upcoming Virginia chess events. 

VA State Scholastic Championship takes place in Virginia Beach starting Friday Mar. 10 for the Blitz championship and Saturday and Sunday March 11-12 for the championship.

Also on March 24-26, SVCC club players have been invited to the Virginia Open at Dulles on March 24-26.

Finally, The U.S. Open will be held in Norfolk this July-August. VCF will have a drawing to award several rebates on entry fees to VCF members for the US Open.

Details will be posted on the VCF website in the next few weeks. 

More information about VCF and upcoming events, visit 

For more info on United States Chess Federation, visit


2017 Fundraisers / Volunteer Help

In the last few years, the influence of U.S. Chess has grown in unprecedented ways and this is only the beginning.In countries around the world, governments incorporate chess education in the school day alongside reading, writing, and math. 

Over 500 million people play on a regular basis.  Meanwhile, the benefits of chess for brain health and critical thinking has been thoroughly researched for decades.  Young people who learn chess are developing skills that serve them for life. 

In the United States, however, chess programs still rely heavily on community support and strategic partnerships with institutions that recognize the value of chess. 

SVCC began in an empty office space with four chess boards, a social media page, and rented tables and chairs.  In three years, we have held over 125 meetings and several successful tournaments for kids and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. 

We have accomplished much with very little, and with your financial support, we hope we can do much more.  On February 20th, we will launch an online fundraiser in which we present our vision and story in greater detail. 

We hope you will consider making a donation.

Even more important, if you are able to volunteer as an onsite coach, or can help in any capacity -- social media / fundraising / event coordination -- it would be a tremendous help.

That is more than enough for one newsletter!

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for questions or more information. 

If the last 30 days are any indication of what 2017 will be like, we have an exciting year ahead!

Thank you for your continued participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 

As always, we look forward to meeting and playing again soon!

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