A GUIDE TO SCHOLASTIC CHESS
This guide was created to help teachers and scholastic chess organizers who wish to begin,
improve, or strengthen their school chess program. It covers how to organize a school chess club,
run tournaments, keep interest high, and generate parental and public support.
I would like to thank the United States Chess Federation Club Development Committee, espe-
cially former Chairman Randy Siebert, for allowing us to use the framework of The Guide to a
Successful Chess Club (1985) as a basis for this booklet.
In addition, I want to thank Tom Brownscombe, Scholastic Director of the U.S. Chess Federation
(USCF), and the USCF for their continuing help in the preparation of this publication. Scholastic
chess, under the USCF’s guidance, has greatly expanded and made it possible for the wide distri-
bution of this guide. I look forward to working with them on many projects in the future.
The following scholastic organizers reviewed this work and made many suggestions, which have
been included. Thanks go to Jay Blem (CA), Leo Cotter (CA), Stephan Dann (MA), Bob Fischer
(IN), Doug Meux (NM), Andy Nowak (NM), Andrew Smith (CA), Robert Snyder (CA),
Brian Bugbee (NY), Beatriz Marinello (NY), Tom Brownscombe, and many others too numerous
Finally, a special thanks to my wife, Susan, who has been patient and understanding.
Dewain R. Barber
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