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!

Albert Hill takes 3rd in 1st Tournament

Albert Hill takes 3rd in 1st Tournament

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There was a VSCA, (Virginia Scholastic Chess Tournament held at Maggie Walker High School this weekend.  6 middle schools were competing for 3 trophies.  Our Albert Hill team pulled it out in the last round to finish ahead of Midlothian, Collegiate, and Binford to take 3rd place honors!

Parents and players from Hill, Binford, and Brow

Parents and players from Hill, Binford, and Brown

The 1st RMSCL showing was a complete success.  9 participants moved chess from, “hobbies and interest” to, “Accomplishments” on their High School, College, and Employment applications.  RCI is proud to be making a difference in these young people’s lives.

To date, RCI is still the sole active sponsor to the day in and day out expenses of the league.  We need uniforms, and money to pay the coaching staff.  We will recognize any contributions made on the site.  If you can, please help!

Please thank the VSCA for their donation of 9 USCF,( United States Chess Federation) memberships and 9 tournament entry fees for this event!!  Thanks to the parents for working as a team to ensure the kids were nourished and refreshed between rounds!

Look for more great news coming soon.