Shenandoah Valley Chess Club October 2014 Newsletter
Meet the Founder and Executive Director of Chess & Community, Lemuel LaRoche at Busboys & Poets in Washington DC as Words, Beats & Life screens a documentary on the Chess & Community Conference. Mr. LaRoche will be in attendance to discuss how he uses the game of Chess to positively impact the lives of young people in Athens, GA.
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
I plan to be in attendance. Give me a call if you would like to meetup. If you are in the DC area and are interested by this unique outreach through Chess, you are cordially invited to attend.
Visit http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/life-the-griot-screening-and-discussion for event information.
Learn more about Chess & Community at the website: http://www.chessandcommunity.org.
+ Fall 2014 -- International Chess Action!
Our Facebook page and local FB group have been ablaze with excitement over the historic Chess action in U.S. and Europe. It seems week by week Chess history is being made. We have seen games of such brilliant caliber that they will be celebrated about for the rest of our lifetimes.
Fabiano Carauna, who made chess history in Saint Louis weeks ago, has jumped to No. 2# rating spot behind the world's strongest player, World Champ Magnus Carlsen.
Meanwhile, Viswathan Anand (who Carlsen dethroned as World Champ last year) looks cool and confident as he cruised to victory in the Bilboa Cup in September. There is lots of activity leading into the World Chess Championship 2014 this November in Sochi, Russia, where Carlsen and Anand square off for the #1 Player in the World yet again.
One useful website to follow this World-Class Chess is Chess24.com -- https://chess24.com/en. It is FREE and requires no registration. Click on the "Watch" tab during tournament times to follow.
This is a very exciting time to be a fan of the game.
Look out for more information on this and other live feeds on our social media pages over the next several weeks.
+ Fall Online Fundraiser
This Fall I will post photos and blogs on the incredible successes we have enjoyed as a chess community since our inception last year.
Maybe you will see a cool chess photo of you or someone you know in action! If so, you are welcome to keep it!
We will also kick off our Fall Fundraiser to bolster our activities into 2015 and beyond.
We began with three simple goals:
To better ensure the longevity of this community program, we wish to develop the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Non-profit status will help us raise major funding through education grants under STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) initiatives. It will help us gain sponsorships from local businesses. And it will provide flexibility to create strong partnerships with our local schools and universities, as well as state and national chess federations.
This will take time, dedication, and consistency. However I am seeking the support of everyone in the community to make this happen.
If the end-result means a vibrant Chess scene in the Shenandoah Valley for years to come, I believe the effort is well-worth it.
We have done much in one year. I am confident we can do this together.
Feel free to contact me at anytime with questions.
I hope to see you again and we look forward to playing again soon!