YMCA of Greensboro to Host Community Youth Chess Events

Events are leading up to the US Masters Chess Championship in Greensboro


Greensboro, NC –  The Triad is rapidly becoming a hotspot for chess and the YMCA of Greensboro wants to make sure area youth are in on the action.  Two area YMCA locations will host youth chess events during the weekend leading up to the US Masters Championship, that is slated for August 25th-29th in Greensboro.  The events include a Scholastic Tournament for youth at Spears YMCA on Saturday, August 20th and “100 Chances to Checkmate an Expert” at Bryan YMCA on Sunday, August 21st.

The events align with the YMCA’s mission to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all by encouraging all local youth to learn more about chess, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic background. Chess is traditionally male-dominated, but in 2015, over 50 young girls, more than half of whom were minorities, participated in the “100 Chances to Checkmate an Expert” event at Bryan YMCA.  Chess helps to build healthy minds by boosting math and reading abilities and sharpening skills needed for the new economy, such as better thinking through options, being resilient, and adjusting a game plan as conditions change.

YMCA of Greensboro board member and chess enthusiast, Dennis Stearns, believes that chess is the poster-child for thinking ahead and playing smart, both of which are essential skills for youth to learn.  “Greensboro is now on the map as a destination for chess players and their families in the United States and around the world.  With the Triad becoming a developing Brain Belt, thanks to our mix of research universities, growing entrepreneurial activity, and advanced manufacturing and materials, chess is a natural fit.  The YMCA is proud to bring programs to our youth that will provide lifelong value to them and to our community as a whole.”

Events at YMCAs:

Saturday, August 20 – Scholastic Tournament for grades K-12 at Spears YMCA, 10am – 1pm. Event is FREE to United States Chess Federation members and the Greensboro Chess Club will pay the full 1-year USCF membership for the first 10 registered scholastic players new to the USCF – a $17/$22/$26 value based on age group.  Pre-register to Jens Koeplinger, jens@prisage.com or 336-202-3568. On-site registration begins promptly at 10 am. Spears YMCA is located at 3216 Horsepen Creek Road in Greensboro.

Sunday, August 21 – 100 Chances to Checkmate an Expert at Bryan YMCA – 3 expert players playing up to 100 young players at the same time. Registration at 1:30, play from 2-3:30. Prizes for all players and the event is FREE!  Bryan YMCA is located in downtown Greensboro at 501 W. Market Street.


Additional Events:

Wednesday, August 24 – Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at Greensboro Chess Club, Lewis Recreation Center (3110 Forest Lawn Dr, Greensboro). Features another top ranked player playing youth and adults at the same time. Start time TBD. Cost: TBD

Thursday, August 25 – Monday, August 29 – US Masters Championships begin featuring top players from around the world. Many of the games will be simulcast around the world. Spectators welcome for one of the top three tournaments in North America. Rounds for US Masters are scheduled for: Aug 25th (7:00PM), then on 8/26 (11AM, 6PM), 8/27 (11AM, 6PM), 8/28 (11AM, 6PM), 8/29 (11AM, 6PM). Rounds for the North Carolina Open (played concurrently) are Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 10:00 am, Saturday (2PM, 7PM), Sunday (10AM, 3PM). Both US Masters and NC open are played at Embassy Suites Hotel, 204 Centreport Dr., Greensboro.