When we first started Legacy Chess Academy almost four years ago, we had THE MOST difficulty with starting chess programs. The enthusiasm for chess just wasn’t apparent in Central, VA like it is in Northern Virginia and Maryland. When we searched for USCF (U.S. Chess Federation) Tournaments they were few and far between. If we wanted to compete we either had to host one ourselves or make the two hour drive North. Fortunately there are a few clubs in the area with some very strong and knowledgeable players who are all more than willing to help others grow…but we can do better than just a few!
When I was growing up in Maryland, I always had Chess to look forward to whether it be because I had nothing else to do or because I was itching to prove myself in a big tournament. Almost every day of the week there are either tournaments and casual games being played. These opportunities kept me busy, I was able to meet tons of different people, It kept my mind sharp, and of course I always had a great time.
Even when I lost I was happy to be right where I was. The beauty to me was being surrounded by friends, coaches, and mentors who are eager to look over your games with you and offer their advice. “Ah, I see what you were trying to do there, but next you have to watch out for these double attacks.” “Let me show you how I would have played here” “Great game! You almost had him, check out this book to sharpen your endgame.”
It is through these experiences from childhood that sit in the back of my mind that I want to be available to the youth growing up here in Central Virginia. We are incredibly satisfied with how far Legacy Chess Academy has come and we are even more excited for where we are headed! Let’s spread the word!