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“Chess is played with the mind,
not the hands.”

~ René Descartes

The SVCC mission to teach and promote chess for all ages and abilities in the Shenandoah Valley region.  Here is the latest.

2024 Annual Scholastic Tournament: A Success!
Saturday, February 24
Bowman Library
On Saturday, February 24, 38 participants fearlessly embraced the thrill of strategic mastery by competing in the Fall K-12 Scholastic Chess Tournament at Bowman Library in Stephens City. The full story is on the website.Congratulations to Luke Nielsen – winner of Grades 9-12 , Easton Lewis – winner of Grades 6-8, Truett De Luise – winner of Grades 3-5, and Insol Park, winner of Grades K-2.We commend all scholastic participants for taking the challenge. We thank the library staff, coaches, and volunteers for their time and donations, making the event successful.

2024 Virginia State Scholastic Tournament
March 8-9
Roanoke, VA
On March 8-9, over 400 players from across Virginia met in Roanoke for the annual state scholastic chess championship. It was an inspiring weekend. We commend SVCC scholastic players, Daniella Fitzsimmons and Truett DeLuise, for their hard work and successful participation in this esteemed event.

Chess Spirit Pizza Night
Wednesday, April 3
In partnership with Claudio’s Pizzeria in Winchester, the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club is hosting a spirit night fundraiser. Join us for an evening of fun-filled activities and food.
Let your cashier/server know you are supporting SVCC when you place your order. Proceeds will support nonprofit chess events and education in Winchester, Stephens City, and surrounding communities.Please spread the word, and we hope to see you there.

Upcoming Valley Meetups
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club 
Saturdays | 10:00 am @ Bowman Library, Stephens City, VA
1st and 3rd Mondays | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ Box Office Brewery, Stradsburg
River House Chess Club
4th Thursdays | 4:30-7 pm @ The River House, Capon Bridge, WVRestless Knights Chess Tournament
April 13 | 1:00 pm @ Restless Moon Brewing, Harrisonburg, VA

Virginia Chess Federation Events
  • April 12 | Meadowdale Library Quads & Scholastics, Chesterfield, VA
  • April 26-28 | Central Virginia Open, Glen Allen, VA
  • Aug 31 – Sep 2 | Virginia Closed Chess Championships, Glen Allen, VA
  • Nov 15-17 | Northern Virginia Open, Dulles, VA
  • Jan 3-5, 2025 | Virginia Open, Dulles, VA
Visit for full details.

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