Thursday, June 4, 2009

Miami-Dade Loses Scholastic Chess Icon

Arden Dilley, Adolpho Perez, Frank Cobo and Jeff Nelson

Arden Dilley, the grandfather of scholastic chess in Miami-Dade, passed away Tuesday of heart failure. Mr. Dilley is credited with organizing scholastic chess tournaments in Miami-Dade County. He started teaching kids chess at Olympia Heights back in 1968. He will be missed. Below is an article he wrote for the Chess Education newsletter "Developing Pieces" in August 0f 2006.

Arden Dilley: Miami-Dade Scholastic Chess Pioneer Speaks
August 2006

I started allowing my students to play chess before, at lunch and after school at Olympia Heights in 1968 and later at Dunbar. As a PE teacher, I found it to be a good rainy day activity as well. Later, I organized the first scholastic Grand Prix events under the not for profit Miami-Dade Scholastic Chess Association. What I found was that children who learn to play chess improve
their focus, block out distractions, and pay attention to what they are doing.
Chess is prevalent in Miami because it is an international metropolis . Chess is popular in almost every country except the U.S. and our students represent all parts of the globe. Research is also needed to demonstrate the effects of chess that are already well documented anecdotally. Test scores will improve and kids will want to be in school.
Chess in M-DCPS lacks uniformity. All canoes must be paddling in the same direction. There are several entities who have their own agendas and won’t give up control for the good of the cause. Title I does not train coaches or sponsors. AEP trains once a year and only reaches the elementary level . Professional development with TEC points must be offered. A course for teachers could be developed. The chess coordinator position is a step in the right direction but must be given widespread support from all the faces of scholastic chess. A budget to administer new programs is absolutely necessary. Parks and recreation programs can develop chess programs after school and in the summer.
The biggest obstacle has always been principals who have never witnessed the changes in the attitudes of children towards school after learning the game. Not only will attendance improve but test scores and self esteem will increase. The key is training teachers who are truly interested in making a difference and the rest takes care of itself.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kings & Queens Youth Exhibition

Kings & Queens Youth Exhibition


Tournament will be held at JPM Enrichment Centre
4055 NW 183rd Street
Miami Gardens, Florida 33165
Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Tournament Info
· 5 rounds Swiss System G/30
· USCF Membership Required
· Half-point bye available only in Round 1
· K3 Open and K5 open competitive categories
· Top Ten Individual trophies awarded in each category
· Top Three Team trophies awarded in each category
· Teams consist of a maximum of five players in each category
· Top four players determine team score
· Bring your own boards and clocks

Teams will be selected based on talent, active participation, and sportsmanship.

If you have any questions regarding this tournament please contact Webber J. Charles via mobile at (786) 269-4337 or email at

Monday, April 13, 2009

Women's World Champion to Host Camp

World Chess Hall of Fame & Sidney Samole Museum is proud to announce the WORLD CHAMPION ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK’s SUMMER CHESS CAMP!
This will be followed by the Alexandra Kosteniuk Chess Hall of Fame Cup.
Come meet, work and learn from the best with the current Women's Chess World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. With FIDE 2516 and USCF 2590 ratings, she has become the dominant force in International Women's Chess and chess overall. Learn directly from Alexandra herself and she teaches you everything about the game from openings to your end game. Camp will be held in the air-conditioned rooms of the World Chess Hall of Fame, 13755 SW 119th Avenue, Miami, FL 33186 (few blocks from Miami Metro Zoo). Chess camp is open for kids up to 18-years of age. Each participant will have a unique chance to study chess and have fun right in the historic Chess Hall of Fame, in beautiful Miami, Florida and work with the reigning Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and other experienced masters.
Sign up for any or all FOUR one week long sessions

(9AM-5PM daily):

June 22nd-26th — 1st session
June 29th-July 3rd — 2nd session
July 6th-10th — 3rd session
July 13th-17th — 4th session


Campers may register for as many sessions as they want as long as there are slots available.

Fees: Early Registration: $400/week if postmarked by April 30, 2009, $450 if postmarked by May 31, 2009.

Registration: $500/week (full day), $250/week (half days). Please click here to download a PDF of the registration form.
You can email Alexandra directly at: All questions go directly to her and she answers every email. You can learn more about Alexandra Kosteniuk and exciting chess career at Catch Alexandra on video at the Chess Movies website.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Women's World Champion to attend South Regional

GM Kosteniuk to attend South Regional

Women's World Chess Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk will make an appearance at the 2009 South Regional Chess Championship on Saturday January 17, 2009 at John A. Ferguson Senior High 15900 SW 56th Street. Alexandra will distribute postcards and sign autographs for the students. Although the itinerary has not been set, she may play a simul, organize a puzzle competition, or hand out trophies.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Women's World Chess Champion GM Kosteniuk

Check out and watch a video see a photo gallery.We have also invited Alexandra to the 2009 South Regional at Ferguson Senior on January 17th.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Champions of Discipline

I have been to many of the scholastic nationals both as a coach and a tournament director. As a coach I have a little more time to observe what goes on around the tournament venue. There's always something that makes an impression on me. What grabbed my attention this time was the group of children from Norwood Elementary of Miami. First of all, they were the sharpest looking chess team out there with their matching bright yellow windbreakers, shirts, and blue back packs. They were not hard to miss!
Every round you would see them lined up, and go into the playing hall as a team. What impressed me was how orderly the line was. No kids jumping out of line. Nobody yelling or giving the parents, chaperons or teachers a hard time. They went in and quietly found their seat and got down to the business of playing chess.
When the kids finished they would go to back of the room where parents and coaches were sitting. They would sit quietly with the adults who accompanied them and wait for all their teammates to finish.
When everyone was done, they'd line up and leave the playing hall as a team.
After the last round was done, as each child filed by, this one chaperon gave each child a big hug, and words of praise and encouragement. It was really a very sweet moment for these children. This was their first nationals, and I'm sure for many of them their first time away from Miami. I spoke to a couple of the parents and the assistant principal. I could tell they were really proud of their kids and their school. They had every right to be. They really impressed me with their behavior and discipline. They did their school proud. They may not have won many trophies, but they won the respect of those who observed their fine behavior. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who noticed.

The Norwood Tigers were grrrrrrrrreat!!!

Go Tigers! I hope to see you in Nashville next April for the Super Nationals.
The post above was one I took from the link you see on top. Barbara Reed of Norwood sent it to me. Barbara has been doing this for a while. She does an awesome job as you can seen. Even impartial observers can see. Congratulations!