The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club is a 501(C)3 nonprofit education organization.
Our mission is to gather residents of the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding communities around the value and challenge of the game of chess while promoting its educational benefits.
In September 2013, the club began when a group of chess players banded in an empty storefront on the Old Town Walking Mall around the idea of gathering more often. Since then, the group has grown to host year-round weekly library meetings in Winchester and Stephen City, providing workshops, after-school programs, and tournaments for kids and adults across the Shenandoah Valley region.
The chess club is especially meaningful to many young people in our region. Chess exercises strategic thinking and rewards hard work in ways that video games cannot. It shows young people that their ideas matter. With mentorship to grow their skills, we have seen their confidence soar.
We plan to continue our service for many more years. We need volunteer support to grow the program, especially to meet requests for more chess from local schools. Funds raised to support the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club are directly used to further the chess outreach effort.
In addition, we provide resources, opportunities, and support for chess players, students, parents, and teachers who wish to become more involved with The Royal Game.
We thank all who have given their time, energy, and expertise to this vital idea.
Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/winchesterchess/
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram -- @WinCityChess.
W. David Hubbard
Chess Club - President
P.O. Box 4152
Winchester, Virginia 22604