Invest in Chess
- by Sharan Subramanian
- 16 July 2015
Invest in Chess is a chess advocacy initiative—our goal is not only to teach, promote, and spread chess, but also to raise awareness of its numerous practical and educational benefits. I started Invest in Chess as a way of giving back to the surrounding community after I realized how much I had gained from playing chess and learning the sport.
The first project we completed was a weekly chess program hosted at a local library in Cleveland last summer—not only did this give chess players from across Northeast Ohio the chance to foster their skills in a non-competitive setting, it was also an environment where beginners were able to learn and solidify their fundamental knowledge of chess.
After the completion of our program, we promoted the Cleveland Scholastic Open, a huge initiative that we have been involved with for two years (we co-hosted the tournament last year), by writing articles/press releases and then publicizing the event through social media and various news outlets. Through our two-year involvement with the Cleveland Scholastic Open, we have engaged over 200 children!
Additionally, in an effort to raise awareness of chess, Invest in Chess has interviewed a plethora of National and International Chess Masters and consequently gained support from them for the work we’re doing.
Recently, we began our outreach to the community in Chicago by going to a Chicago Public School (Andrew Carnegie Elementary School) to teach chess and facilitate the students’ learning of an interdisciplinary chess curriculum that has been instituted in the school. Additionally, we helped develop the chess club at the school by teaching students key concepts such as chess principles and opening notation—all of which is preparation for them to attend their first tournament. To date, we have provided instruction to approximately 100 children here. For our service, the Principal recognized us at the school’s first ever community awards banquet.
After seeing the ways that we were able to help this one school, I began to wonder how many other schools are in similar situations—how many other schools could use help. For this reason, Invest in Chess has recently developed an ambassador program to make it possible for schools around the country to receive quality chess instruction from qualified and passionate individuals. Stay tuned!