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Baton Rouge Scholastic Chess Updates

posted Dec 9, 2013, 8:03 AM by Louisiana Chess   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 12:43 PM ]
  • Baton Rouge is on the move with plans to build its scholastic chess community. In Spring of 2013, the Foundation for East Baton Rouge Parish School System joined forces with the United States Chess Federation in a partnership grant. This effort resulted in 2 separate week long training sessions for teachers and interested parents, led by Mr. Jerry Nash. Additionally, the Foundation received over $16,000 in grants to support providing chess supplies to school. As a result, over 110 teachers have been trained to teach chess and begin chess clubs, and nearly 400 chess sets and instructional boards have been handed out to nearly 45 different schools. Several home school leagues and private schools also participated in this effort.
  • The Foundation for EBRSS is now an official affiliate of the USCF and is offering discounted USCF memberships for scholastic members.
  • City Year and Teach for America also offered chess training for some of their Corp Members with Jerry Nash of the USCF. This resulted in the creation of 4 new chess clubs in several Baton Rouge schools.
  • Interested parties can look for updated chess information on Facebook at BatonRouge Chess. We invite you to like our page.
  • Stuart Collins has been certified as an USCF tournament director. He began hosting small rated tournaments during the month of November and this December at the Central Branch Library.
  • On October 21, Catholic High of Baton Rouge hosted its first Chess Tournament in EBR . Several middle and high schools showed up to compete in this non-rated tournament. The momentum is growing!
  • The Foundation for EBRSS and the LSCA will partner to offer an unrated Scholastic Chess Tournament, the ChessMates Classic, on January 11th at Scotlandville Middle School in EBR.