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North Carolina's Premier Scholastic Chess Instructional Program



Chess Life Online Recognizes Mike Klein

Mike Klein's September '09 article "Castling Long Around the World" was awarded 4th place in Chess Life Online's "Best of CLO 2009."

Mike recounts some of the international chess experiences that he encountered while traveling last year - in photo essay form.

Read the article here.


Merci Beaucoup! Chess Players Support Haiti Earthquake Victims

Thank you to players and donors at the January 16th simultaneous benefit exhibition at Myers Park High School.

Your generosity raised $379 in three hours to go directly to S.O.S. Haiti Development Foundation, an organization linked to a Charlotte chess family from Haiti. 

If you would like to contribute directly, you may mail your contribution to: Dr. Saidel Laine, Foundation President, S.O.S. Haiti Development Foundation (SOSHADEF) 18 Samana Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133.

Many thanks to the Myers Park High School Chess Team and Joe Biernacki for helping to organize the event.

For a recap of the event:  "Chess Exhibition Raises Funds for Haitian Earthquake Victims," Chess Life Online.

View the gallery.


March 20 Tournament at Endhaven Elementary!

Young Master Chess will be running an unrated tournament at Endhaven Elementary in South Charlotte on Saturday, March 20, 2010! The Endhaven Cougars have the largest chess club in CMS - about 140 members!

Register here!

The tournament is open to all children in grades K-8. No prior tournament experience is necessary. If you are experienced, the tournament will serve as a great warmup to National events. Plus, free game analysis will be available at the tournament!

The tournament will be in three sections: K-3, K-5 and K-8. In the K-3 and K-5 sections, a minimum of 10 individual trophies and 3 team trophies will be awarded. In the K-8, the top 5 individuals and top team will be awarded trophies.

For all players, check in is between 8:30-9:00 a.m. If you arrive later, your child may not be able to play the first round. K-3 players will play 4 rounds at 9:30, 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00, with an awards ceremony to follow at 2:15. K-5 and K-8 players will play 3 rounds at 9:30, 11:30 and 1:00, with an awards ceremony to follow at 2:45.

Breakfast and lunch will be for sale on site. Chess sets will be provided for competition; you may bring your own for analysis. Please bring chess clocks if desired (not required). Parents are required to stay with children or assign a chaperone.

The entry fee is $15 if pre-registered (payable on-site, cash or check). On-site registration is $25. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Endhaven Chess Club. Whether pre-registered or not, please arrive NO LATER than 9:00 a.m.

Endhaven is located at 6815 Endhaven Lane, near the the Johnston Rd. exit of I-485.


State Championship Training Camp - February 13, 2010

The NC State Scholastic Chess Championships are now less than three weeks away. The tournament will be in Greensboro from February 27-28 and will bring together more than 500 young players from across the state to determine state champions and teams in more than a half-dozen sections.

Young Master Chess will be hosting a training camp from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 13 at Smith Academy of International Language at 1600 Tyvola Rd (note the change due to the Feb. 15 snow make-up day).

The camp will focus on specific areas of tournament play to help your child be more confident and successful at the tournament.

It will be taught by FM Mike Klein and Jessica Martin. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome; campers will be divided into groups. To register, please click here

The cost is $20 per child if pre-registered by Friday, February 12. On-site registration is $25. All monies collected on the morning of the camp. Please arrive between 8:45 and 9:00. All chess sets and other materials will be provided, but you may bring a snack if you wish (lunch will not be provided).

See the FAQ.


Winter Tournament Results Are In!

Thanks to all who participated in the Young Master Chess 2010 Winter Tournament!

Here are the results.